[Repost after a list resurrection]
I've read through the discussion of (a possibility of) a single-window
GIMP interface. Both on the mailing list, and on
However, I do not see how much this would affect the (AFAIK) main
complaint about multi-window GIMP: that having several windows with
several possibilities of what is focused requires many extraneous
mouse clicks and/or keypresses.
When the windows are merged into one, STILL only one of subwindows has
a focus? So how does this improves the current nightmares (e.g.,
keyboard shortcuts not working - especially when most needed ;-)?
[Myself, I do not use PhotoShop, but what I saw is people who use
both PS and GIMP say that PS allows about 3x times quickier UI
interaction - in large respect due to no need to "fix mis-focus".]
I mean here the [rare?] cases when GIMP caught up with
particular features of PS, so one can compare not feature sets,
but how convenient is it to perform the operations...
And if a solution to this problem is found, why would not it "work"
with multi-window interface too?
Or is the improvement ONLY in the fact that utility windows will never
obscure the image?
BTW, if one considers single-window interface as "just a fix for UI
interaction slowness", I see no problem with editing multiple files:
just have a "single-window interface" open for each of them.
If this turns out to be important: to make things take less screen
space, one could allow utility docks to "shrink" on unfocussed
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