Apologies. I think I hit reply, not reply-all.
On Fri, 06 Mar 2009 17:40:36 +0100
Sven Neumann <s...@gimp.org> wrote:
> Sure, we all just want the computer do do what we want, without being
> asked. But unfortunately mind-reading devices are not yet available. So
> the only thing we can do is to ask you if you want to flatten the image
> because you can't save it as a JPEG file as JPEG does not support
Granted. What I was trying to show was that I would prefer to have export
manage everything (and simple tell me that I will lose data), than to be
expected to modify the workflow in order to prepare images for export.
An example might be when gimp is ultimately capable of 16-bit editing. I will
edit my photo in 16-bit to reduce the damage caused by applying curves etc, but
I will still want to export to 8-bit jpgs. I might not want to resize so I just
hit "export". You were saying that you view the warning when exporting as a
reminder that you should have already done that work yourself. I view it as a
reminder that the exported file format is a compromise. At the minute, this
makes no difference to the end result, but it is a differing mindset which
could come into conflict depending on the reworking of the menu items so I felt
it worth mentioning.
> I am all for improving this situation. But so far no one has come up
> with a good idea how this could be done. We can't just guess what the
> user might want to do. If saving a multi-layered image as GIF, is she
> trying to save an animation or has she forgotten to merge the layers? If
> saving an image with transparency as a JPEG file, is that really the
> correct background color so that automatically flattening the image will
> give the desired result? IF saving an RGB image as GIF, does the user
> just don't care about the conversion to Indexed Colors or has she
> forgotten to do it?
I agree that it can't be 100% automatic and I wasn't suggesting that it should
be. The point I was trying to make is better expressed above.
> PS: In your particular workflow, basically you are already doing the
> export conversion yourself. What's breaking your workflow is the
> fact that "Copy visible as new image" introduces an alpha channel.
> To improve your workflow we should have a look at that and try to
> figure out a way to avoid that.
Interesting. I gave that as the extreme example. Sometimes I just use "Save a
copy" direct from the xcf image. It all depends on what I need the exported
Jon Senior <j...@restlesslemon.co.uk>
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