Sorry fo my intrusion here guys

But the correct behavior ( exporting layout for web ) can be seen on 
Macromedia / Adobe Fireworks. Let say Firefox 8 ( I dont try yet CS 
version ).

They had a proven model that already got the general acceptance. If some 
similar model ( to cut in slices - to rename every slice in your way - 
to choose export format individual for each slice [ this can be a killer 
feature ] - to hide or show some layers / objects / slices depending on 
your needs ) - well that will be a major / expected move.

peter sikking wrote:
> David,
>
>   
>> peter sikking wrote:
>>     
>>> We do imagine that a set of website graphics pieces gets _produced_
>>> on a single canvas, and when everything works well together
>>> graphically, with a single 'cutting mask' all pieces are cut out
>>> and saved in the right web format, in a single action.
>>>       
>> I don't see how this can work in practice.
>>
>> I often need to hide or isolate layers before exporting the  
>> selection they
>> affect
>>     
>
> we were thinking the same, so a cutting mask is not part of a layer...
>
>   
>> and many selections are a very small part of an element's area (say 1
>> pixel wide) because they will be tiled by the browser as part of a  
>> background
>> image.
>>     
>
> that is what we expect, too...
>
>   
>> In other words, some manual work needs to be done with the majority of
>> web graphics taken from a concept.
>>     
>
> can you tell me what you mean with "manual work needs to be done"?
> that can help us with our work.
>
>   
>> Comparatively few images are cut out as they are.
>>     
>
> I can clarify that in general we do not expect that some mock-up
> is taken, and then the bits are cut out, and finished.
>
> in general we expect that graphics artists set up the canvas and layers
> in any way that works for them: sometimes a creating continuous area
> and cutting out pieces from there, sometimes laying out pieces just
> as a set adjacent to each other. Set up variations of sets of graphics
> by duplicating layers, or by switching layers on and off, or by
> switching GEGL operations on or off? do whatever you want, we can
> handle it. use any combination of hand-made selections and one or
> more cutting masks (these contain any number of selections), be our
> guest.
>
> we feel that with this flexibility we cam truly support web graphics
> work in a flexible way.
>
> thanks for your feedback,
>
>      --ps
>
>          principal user interaction architect
>          man + machine interface works
>
>          http://mmiworks.net/blog : on interaction architecture
>
>
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