On Fri, 2009-06-12 at 10:59 +1000, Graeme Gill wrote:

> It's not that hard - the internal and native format should (ideally)
> be a superset of all possible formats that can be read or created.
> Keep track of which elements are used or created in the process of
> editing the image, and you can decide whether it's possible to save
> back to any particular format without significant loss.

That would require that all file save plug-ins somehow tell the GIMP
core what features they support. Of course this would be possible to
implement, but it is not trivial and it could not be done in a
backward-compatible way. Something to consider for the next generation
GIMP plug-in API, but not a helpful suggestion for the current


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