I think I was unclear about my misunderstanding, and maybe I was unclear
about what my proposed patch does.
With the proposed patch, GIMP can export a layered image as a single,
multi-image TIFF file. That is to say, each layer in the original will be
saved as a separate image (or "page", if you prefer) WITHIN the TIFF file.
I hope I've cleared up any confusion. If not, hopefully you can clear up
mine. I don't understand the difference between a "multi-layered" tiff and a
On Tue, May 31, 2011 at 10:22, Alexandre Prokoudine <
> On Tue, May 31, 2011 at 7:04 PM, Dominic Canare wrote:
> > What's the difference? Is there a benefit? When you open a multi-image
> > in GIMP, it gives you the option of importing the images as layers, and
> > works just fine. I guess I just don't understand what that feature would
> > provide for GIMP users (or anyone else, really).
> > If there's a real benefit (and you can point me to some documentation),
> > consider putting some energy into it. But honestly, good TIFF support
> > to be in relatively low demand (this bug report was filed over 5 years
> > ago!).
> Desktop publishing is one of the areas where it makes sense. E.g.
> Scribus can read multilayered TIFF files with clipping paths. The only
> other supported file format like that is PSD :)
> In photography reading and saving multilayered TIFF files makes sense
> too -- you read it in the original report.
> Finally, this is a question of being able to interact with the world
> outside. If a client asks you to save multilayered TIFF file for
> him/her, would you want to say "Sorry, can't do that, I use GIMP"?
> Alexandre Prokoudine
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