Tomek, I too was very upset about the menu but I'm not anymore because of the TAB key. With the new design, I can have all of my windows for art and just press TAB and the toolbox and the dialogs go away leaving free access to the art. When I need to click something in the toolbox or a layer dialog, I just hit TAB again and they're back and on top. Meanwhile I have free access to the menus all the time at the top of the drawing surface. Even more often, I don't even reach up for the menu because the right click menu has whatever I need without having to reach up to the top of the window. This works whether I'm using a mouse, my touchpad on my laptop, or have my Wacom tablet plugged in doing serious work. The workflow is now faster, easier and more intuitive. So, now I'm calmed down. The thing I was so mad about won me over. I hope it does for you to. Single window mode is wonderful too with a couple of caveats I warn about below. I use it now on Linux. The only difference is that the toolbox and dialogs are attached to the sides of the art. I still press TAB and make them go away now so I have the most free surface.
There's still a fairly serious usability issue that comes in only when using single window mode, but they don't promise they have the usability all worked out yet in 2.7. Here's the problem. When you press TAB not only do the toolbox and dialogs go away, but it rudely resizes your drawing surface to the size of the image and moves the window so that whatever was under your cursor is no longer under it. I didn't ask for that, it's just something the programmer threw in as a sadistic effect. It combines in insidious ways with the use of autoraise. (Autoraise makes whatever window is under the cursor become active and raise above other windows when you pause over it for a short while.) If you're working on a small image like an icon or button for a web site, it strikes: 1) You press TAB 2) The toolbox and dialogs disappear - good. 3) The nice big drawing surface that you sized just how you wanted it (on purpose!) resizes small and to one corner of the screen. The image is suddenly no longer under your cursor! It not only resizes but moves! The bigger your screen and the smaller the image the more startling this is. (Maybe the top left stays where it was and all the rest moves up to it, I don't know or care, I just want it to not apparently resize, nor move. If that means they have to really move it over by the amount of the width of the vanishing toolbox, so what, it's a simple calculation. The drawing surface should appear to be the same size, and the image I'm working on in the same place, after the sides disappear. If they want to make it bigger to use the space that toolbox and dialogs freed up that's acceptable too, as long as the image stays in the same place under my cursor and the drawing surface at least the same size. Just don't go all tiny on me!) 4) Whatever other window you had behind GIMP (maybe a fullscreen web browser that you flip to when you need a break or to do some research) is now to your surprise under the cursor and autoraises and covers the drawing surface. There's actually time to move over and keep that from happening if you're not too surprised, but the window is now a tiny thing over in the top left! It's nowhere NEAR your cursor! When would THAT ever be your hearts desire? No! You would obviously want the same pixel that WAS under your cursor to STILL be under your cursor. It's MUCH worse than having to reach up for a menu. It's mean and intrusive. 5) Wail and gnash the teeth pulling out the hair and cursing the programmer. I don't have any idea why they decided the thing to do is to resize the drawing surface to the image size when hiding the toolbox and dialogs. They don't when you aren't using the single window mode, and there seems no reason for it. Probably just a brain fart. Hopefully they'll work that out before 2.8. The only other remaining issue I have is that GIMP forgets that you wanted single window mode each time you tuck it away. It's funny that I was so attached to the toolbar menu. When I first started to use GIMP I hated it. There was a menu on the drawing window and a menu on the toolbar. I had no idea which to use for what and it was just confusing. Eventually the bad interface became familiar and I knew where everything was and then when it was gone I was UPSET! lol. The one now is really better. best regards, Patrick _______________________________________________ Gimp-developer mailing list Gimp-developer@lists.XCF.Berkeley.EDU https://lists.XCF.Berkeley.EDU/mailman/listinfo/gimp-developer