On Wed, 5 Jul 2006, Jakub Steiner wrote:
> Date: Wed, 05 Jul 2006 12:57:49 +0200
> From: Jakub Steiner <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> To: Fennec <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> Cc: email@example.com
> Subject: Re: [Gimp-developer] menu cluttage
> On Tue, 2006-07-04 at 11:13 -0400, Fennec wrote:
> > [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
> > > Currently the GIMP on Windows has 1 icon that is used for all file formats
> > > associated with it. It would be possible to have separate icons for every
> > > format handled by the GIMP, but somebody would have to create them.
> > I don't suppose the Tango project has anything we could swipe, does it?
> > We should ask them to do it. :)
> Actually I've been trying to avoid the mimetype hell and only drawn
> generic types for now. Making a distinct icons for XCFs may sound like a
> usable thing to do. But I don't think having a distinct icon for each
> and every image type out there will bring us any good.
It is certainly useful to have icons for the major types.
One icon to rule them all is not enough.
There was some concern when the icons were changed so that PNG and JPEG
had the same icons since it is particulaly useful to distinguish the
losless and lossey formats. (I'm not sure if that was Tango/Ubuntu/Gnome
exactly and this may well have been fixed already since I last noticed
I understand you dont want to create icons for every type of graphics file
format but it might also be useful to have an icon for XCF, PSD, MNG and
perhaps other layered image file formats.
The icons in Windows were rubbish but Windows/Internet explorer did at
least provide 'picture frame' style icons for GIF, JPEG, and PNG with each
having a different central colour (green, red and pink respectively).
One option might be for the windows installer to leave the default icons
alone for these types (use the default icons provided by windows) and only
set the gimp document Icon for XCF and a few other gimp specific formats?
I've manually changed the icons like this in the past but other programs
have long since stolen the file associations back again and now only a few
of my files have the gimp icon on them. If this sounds like what windows
users want they should talk sweetly to the developer who puts together the
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