I think this implies a design flaw. IMHO, you should never need to sacrifice understandability for layout.

As I think usability (or rather a lack of it) is the main obstacle for people to migrate to freely availible software, wouldn't implementing the GIMP interface identicly to the market leading Adobe PS be the best thing to do?

By having an identical interface, more people could migrate, more people would help on development, and everything would become better.

Hmm, maybe I should start a new Photoshop interface or not-thread.

I googled for Photoshop in the archives, and I didn't find an thoroughly discussion of this, so let's take it now.

From: Axel Wernicke <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
To: Martin Nordholts <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Subject: Re: [Gimp-developer] Why be cryptic? 'Xtns' should be name 'Extensions'
Date: Tue, 21 Mar 2006 20:18:03 +0100

so "Extensions" takes compared to "Xtns" considerable more space - doesn't it? Might that be a problem? Might there be people, who want the toolbox as tight as possible?

Please think again, you can do better that that. Hint: the more simple solutions to this might have been under consideration already.

Greetings, lexA

Am 21.03.2006 um 20:10 schrieb Martin Nordholts:

Well, in this particular case, I would just encourage to rename 'Xtns' to 'Extensions'.

I'm sorry for not being especially constructive, this is my first mail to this list and I'm just 'tasting' the GIMP developers :)

And also, I realize my mail was i bit confusing; I did not suggest redisigning the menu or something, just that 'Xtns' is a cryptic caption, and that 'Extensions' would be better.

I guess the name is defined in a single place in a lanugage file somewhere, so changing it would be quite quick?


From:  Axel Wernicke <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
To:  Martin Nordholts <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
CC:  gimp-developer@lists.XCF.Berkeley.EDU
Subject:  Re: [Gimp-developer] Why be cryptic? 'Xtns' should be name 'Extensions'
Date:  Tue, 21 Mar 2006 19:34:15 +0100
>Hi Martin,
>Am 21.03.2006 um 19:17 schrieb Martin Nordholts:
>>I am I big fan of OSS and I love the GIMP initiativ.
>That is an very honorable attitude :)
>>I am also a big fan of usability though, and I must wonder why  
>>there is a menu item named 'Xtns'? From a usability point of view,  
>>it is not very good...
>OK, so if you like Open Source Software you probably know about the  
>permanent lack of time and resources and the invitation to enhance  
>projects? Asking questions about things is a good start. I'd just  
>like to encourage you to go one step ahead and think about answers.  
>Make a suggestion how to solve this so we can discuss it. While  
>thinking about that, take in concern issues as space and the  
>possibility of an already ongoing diskussion about this at the gimp  
>bugtracking system.
>>I also have some other questions regarding usability, but I will  
>>start with this one :)
>Again, having a concept or at leas an idea how to improve the  
>usability is better that just asking a question. Having the
>resources  to implement it after convincing the crowd is even more
>>Thanks for any replies!
>You are welcome!
>Greetings, lexa
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