On Sat, Aug 7, 2010 at 8:07 PM, Tobias Ellinghaus <h...@gmx.de> wrote:
> Am Samstag, 7. August 2010 schrub oli...@first.in-berlin.de:
> > it is possible to make guides invisible/visible
> > and to make them magnetic/nonmagnetic.
> >
> > Both features are independent, which is good for some situations.
> >
> > To make them invisible as well as non-magnetic at the same time,
> > two check boxes must be enabled/disabled.
> >
> > The possibility to make both with one click would be fine:
> > visible && magnetic / invisible && non-magnetic.
> I don't have an installed GIMP around so I cannot test it:
> are invisible guides magnetic? If not then your request is void as making them
> invisible will also make them non-magnetic. If yes then that sounds (at least
> to me) like a bug/design flaw.

I actually use invisible guides quite a lot - especially when
designing things like website layouts - I want to snap to the layout's
rectangles after I drew them, but I don't won't them to clutter my
view (especially since in some situations you can have quite a lot of

There are many more cases in which invisible magnetic guides can be
useful - usually these situations involve many guides where it's
visible directly on the drawing itself where the lines are.

The fact that snapping and visibility are independent is very useful,
and I do wish to keep it this way. If the two clicks really bother
some people, I suggest assigning a short-cut key to both features to
do this quickly.

But, Since I agree it can be confusing, I suggest that when hiding
guides which are still magnetic, a message will be displayed in the
status-bar at the bottom of the image saying something like "Note that
the guides are hidden but still used for snapping".

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