On Sat, 08 Mar 2008 04:02:40 +0100, William Skaggs  

> Also for what it's worth, I've been a bit worried about including a  
> toolbar
> like the one I showed, precisely because users who find it useful would
> want to have it available even after an image has been opened.


that worry could be got around by doing just that , make it available.  
Right-click : remove toolbar for those who find it superfluous and want to  
recover the land rights.

Opera , for example , has miriad panels and bars available with a  
resonalbe subset on by default (most of which I bin rapidly to get things  
the way I like to work). This config is maintained next time I use it and  
gives me exactly the layout I find efficient for my work load and way of  
doing things.

Right-click on any toolbar or panel gives acces to a global "configure  
toolbars" situation.

Another useful feature in Opera setup is "make everything visible" while  
selecting the elements you need. This is a horrible clutter (since this is  
not a work mode) and allows you to see all that is available and keep the  
bits you need and avoids clicking things on and off to find out what they  
are called.

I think Opera's solution is a good example of presenting a very complex  
set of tools, panels and windows that cater for many different user  
senarios whilst maintaining almost complete flexibility of screen layout.

Since Gimp UI is similarly a constant challenge of screen space vs  
function accessibility Opera setup may provide some useful ideas.



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