Hi, I'm a http://www.wilber-loves-apple.org/ member. I am regularly building latest GTK and GIMP, and have produced a first self-contained binary some time ago (see thread on said website).
For now it's looking very promising. There are a few reasons why it was not released yet : * There's a few major showstopper bugs, and we're waiting on GTK folks to fix them. The most important one is that keyboard shortcuts currently do not care about the open window and can catch keys randomly - for instance if you try to type a S in the text editor tool, the S key down event will be stolen by the toolbox window, and used to select whatever tool uses shortcut S. * Packaging it is currently very painful. The current X11 package uses a launcher. We could still use a launcher for the native version and have it easy, but it doesn't feel right, and there's up to 3 icons in the dock for GIMP (while usually a dock should only have one icon per app. in this case, it's one for the launcher, one for GIMP, one for script-fu). So the procedure I have written about some time ago does work just fine without launcher, but has only minimal functionnality, is very long and painful, unreliable, and requires patching GIMP. I currently am planning to work on improving the process. Another bit of problem, is that it while requires patching GIMP, the patches would be very specific to my build method and in no way universal to all possible mac ports, so this is why I never submitted anything (plus, they are very ugly and hackish, many improvements still needed). I will continue looking into it, and probably get back to this mailing list when I have done a bit more work. The native menu bar does an awesome job. Sometime in the future, the GTK team plan to add open document event catching capabilities to the menu bar package, and when they do it would be great to implement this feature (I'll try to do it but my gobject and GIMP internals knowledge is so bad I'm not sure I'll be able to - if it's the case, and mitch doesn't have time to add this feature like he did with the menu bar, I can perhaps for help again here) (on mac, open document are always events, so there's no need for stunts like gimp-remote. even though I think you're moving away from that on linux too?) But, the good news is that it's sure going to work :) Not yet sure how, but working on it.
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