Tabs don't work for image manipulation because is frequent to compare 
between two+ images or work with two views (one zoomed and the other at 
100%) . If we use tabs we have only one image open at a time and that's 
mostly a problem for pros.
Another common procedure is to have two images opened and drag and drop 
elements (layers) from one to the other. That's not possible with gimp 
currently, but it would be a nice addition that would be impossible with 
Imo, image windows should remain independant. I guess that there are two 
options to deal with the problem of the taskbar buttons.
1) As I proposed in my mockup, just make the toolbox and docker 
dependant of the active image.
       - When there is no image open: use the splash (one button in the 
taskbar named GIMP)
       - When there is one image open: panels attached to the image (one 
button in the taskbar named GIMP-[document name])
       - When there is two+ images: panels attached to the focused image 
(one button per image in taskbar).
Pretty similar to the current behaviour, but removing the extra buttons 
of the panels.

2) Create (well, it's in part already done) a switcher between opened 
images. The problem is... where do we place it.
Right now there is a button that allows to choose which of the opened 
images will be displayed in the panels (by default it is set to aouto). 
Maybe it would be nice to redesign that dialog  making it more graphic, 
and make it work as an "opened documets switcher".

I'll try to find some convenient way to make it, but I'd love to know 
what the UI team think about it.


Filipe Soares Dilly escribió:
> Hi;
> Great Mockup. I really like the idea.
> 2007/10/27, Sven Neumann <[EMAIL PROTECTED] <mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]>>:
>     Hi,
>     On Sat, 2007-10-27 at 15:53 -0300, Guillermo Espertino wrote:
>     In general I like this change. But we absolutely need to discuss
>     how we
>     want to handle multiple images with this approach. Things are getting
>     complicated as soon as you have more than one image window. You
>     can try
>     the "transient-docks" feature (see gimprc). It makes the toolbox and
>     dock windows transient to the active image window. Unfortunately this
>     approach has shown to not work well with most window managers. But
>     perhaps this is something that can be figured out.
> Maybe the idea of "TABs" (like in Firefox) is a good solution for 
> this. Grouping all images in Tabs can save you from the problem of 
> many Task Bar buttons and is a "know solution" (for interface) for the 
> most users.
> -- 
> Filipe Soares Dilly
> dilly.carbonmade.com/ <http://dilly.carbonmade.com/> 
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