i know that many good scripts are not included  to preserve the Gimp code 
essential and easy to maintain..a  excellent reason .

But in this case the script fill a basic missed feature often required by many 
users

The feature in Photoshop is called "apply imagine" APPARENTLY in gimp that may 
be accomplished by  3 steps (copy visible-paste -add a new layer )

APPARENTLY .. because those 3 steps will lead often to unwanted results,and 
there is not any warning about:
 if was a selection that will get lost in the process ... then to recover 
selection would be needed Undo..  that means  no too experienced users risk to 
loop forever without solve

Solution  would be use 6 steps instead then 3 (save selection to a 
channel-select "all" -copy visible-paste-add new layer-reload previous 
selection from channel) and that is very unfriendly, as is unfriendly force 
users to deal with "floating selection " for a such basic and simple task

The script solve all this with a single click

I'm not the author of the script anyway is released under GPL and i'm sure the 
author will have not objections to its inclusion and that many users will be 
happy to have it available out of the box of next gimp 2.6

DOWNLOAD LINK HERE

http://www.deviantart.com/download/72552828/Copy_Visible_and_Paste_Script_by_fence_post.scm

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then i will like also propose a replacement for a old script "add border" that 
is now in Filter/decor 

"add border" script is quite limited while there is another similar but more 
flexible , offers more useful options but does not look more complex to users 
(and even avoid some "problems" that the default script may create) 

"problems" are : is easy overlook the fact that the script will increase the 
imagine size
 (..i replied to several messages of users surprised that gimp "enlarge" 
imagines without asking 
first time was very hard trace the reason of the problem...was ,as in the other 
cases ,that overlooked side effect of the script  the root of the problem )

in the alternative script i propose that is a option, and when evaluating a 
option come more natural evaluate its obvious  side effects,

other simple but useful added options are

 blur the frame (user may chose blur amount )
 use gradient instead then a solid color
 merge down -don't merge down the "frame layer"

Also for this i'm not the author, but i know he will have no objections

DOWNLOAD LINK HERE 
http://www.deviantart.com/download/71646868/Add_Border_Script_by_Insanity_Prevails.scm
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I suppose 2.6 is  in features freeze, but even then i believe add/replace those 
few lines of code should  not be a problem

Also because  first script will solve the problem of a basic feature missed and 
increase usability 

,the second seems a better replacement for a old and somehow "tricky" script

PhotoComix




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