On Friday 29 May 2009, Martin Nordholts wrote:
> Akkana Peck wrote:
> > I'd like a way of bringing up a Save-as or Export-as dialog
> > from a Python script. There's no API for this currently, as far
> > as I can tell.
> The Save and Export dialogs are rather tightly coupled to the core
> currently so it will not be trivial to extend the plug-in API to show
> and interact these dialogs but I would not reject patches that
> implemented it properly.
> > Would be be possible to add an API for this, or maybe an optional
> > argument in gimp_file_save and the corresponding _export function?
> IMO we should not reuse gimp_file_save() for this but instead introduce
> gimp_show_save_dialog() and gimp_show_export_dialog(). I am a bit
> worried however that plug-ins will abuse this power. In your case, why
> do you need to show these dialogs? Isn't it better if the user has to go
> through a single place to save or export?

Certainly not -- the idea of plug-ins is to automate workflows!
And a common enoguh use case is to save a modified copy of an image - or a 
series of images with diferences between them (although this would need a  
folder + file name pattern rther than =justa  file path).

Akkana: I've never missed callign the save or export dialogs because I 
normally use the PF_FILE and PF_DIRECTORY entry parameters for my plug-ins 
taht deal with file export.  Aren't they (with gimp_file_save) enough for your 
use case? 

> > In the new framework, will gimp_file_save() fail if the filename isn't
> > xcf?
> No, the existing API needs to be backwards compatible so even though it
> is unfortunate that _save() can be used to export, we need to allow that
> for the sake of backwards compatibility.
>  / Martin


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