> Merge toolbox and image menus
> It would be very nice if we could get this done for 2.6. It
> would be
> a major user-visible change and as such it would give a clear sign
> that GIMP is moving. What's needed here is a mockup that shows how
> GIMP should look like with no image window open. And a
> that tells us what should happen when the first image is opened,
> happens for the second image, what happens when the last image is
Purely due to the infectious enthusiasm of Martin on the irc,
I have given that a start:
so far so good.
After having defined what definitely not should be in that window,
the question remains what actually can.
I think now that the tip-of-the-day idea can get really old really fast,
even if the tips are super and exactly what you need. To see them
10–100 times a day is too much, even though I do build in a slider to
set the alpha of the whole tip thing.
So after rereading the section in the spec about no gimmicks (please
here are some ideas I have for this window:
1) one of our designers (jimmac, garrett) makes a really nice, soothing,
non-distracting, GIMP value improving wallpaper to show there;
2) like 1), but we ship with a whole series; GIMP shuffles through the
series, shows a different one every time;
3) we have a repository of really nice, soothing, non-distracting, GIMP
value improving wallpapers on gimp.org. When internet-connected, GIMP
some new ones from the repository, ditches some others, shuffles like
Users contribute new wallpapers, we weed out the crap.
The 3 ideas above add a joy-of-use component to GIMP, not a gimmick.
Another fundamental idea is:
4) a plugin system for this window; we ship a standard, good one like
above. If somebody really insists he or she wants to see a file
open dialog every time or the 10 last edited pictures (both not very
good ideas to force upon one million users) then let them write a plugin
to do that.
and oh, note that the slider to set the alpha of what goes on in that
window will be there anyway...
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