after some more thinking, here's my take for 2.8:
File->Acquire->Scan from Device xy...
Scan from Device yz...
Nice extra: if there's only one device connected, the whole 'File->Acquire'
can be replaced by 'File->Aquire Scan from Device xy...'.
That should maximize scanner discoverability.
File->Create can be removed alltogether -- if the legacy scripts are kept, they
should be moved to Filter->Render. The Screenshot action should be one of
Edit->Paste Screenshot... (paste into current layer)
Extras->Screenshot... (create new image as before)
If 'Acquire' is not good enough a name, possibly 'Capture' might do the job.
But then my english is not that great..
Last not least the reasoning, backing up what has been said previously:
- 'Create' and 'New' have the very same meaning -- the tooltip for 'New'
even reads: 'Create new image'. It's not desirable to have two distinct
entries with the same meaning.
- The reason why the legacy scripts have been bundled below the 'Create'
is assumedly the common behaviour to create new images -- which is an
In contrast, the most important aspect of e.g. a pattern generating script is
that it generates, well, a pattern. Consequently all pattern creators should
discoverable in one place -- wether they deliver images, layers or selection
The established place for that is Filters->Render->Pattern. Analogous
apply to the other scripts, i think.
Admittedly, having a 'Filter' create new images feels like overstretching
concept, but -- as has already been pointed out -- creating new images is
Anyway, why can't these scripts be removed from core as soon as in GIMP 2.8?
- 'File->Create->from Clipboard' is a duplicate of 'Edit->Paste as->New Image'.
There can be only one -- and the clear winnner is the latter one, since
the Edit menu is the standard interface to the clipboard.
- Screenshot functionality isn't covered by the product vision. So if it is
in core GIMP, it is surely not allowed to complicate the UI. And it is the
remaining entry from the File->Create menu which hinders the scanner-friendly
File->Acquire style as described at the beginning. Hence it has to move
- 'Create->New Brush from Text' does not seem to fit anywhere: ideally, its
should be available from within the brush editor. 2nd best:
Extras->New Brush from Text...
Tools->Text Brush Creator...
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