On 20/10/15 09:34, Joseph Bupe wrote:

    This is a common issue which often comes up. Our former UX
    architect even had some image with the concept (which he called a
    "polaroid"): http://mmiworks.net/pics/blog8/lgmpolaroidL.jpg
    And for the full post:

    This said, it also raises another discussion we had yesterday on
    IRC: is the distinction between the single and multi window(s)
    mode really necessary? I feel that we are forcing users to choose
    between 2 extremes.
    Moreover some SWM users seem nearly angry at us that this mode is
    not the default (and I feel that if we changed the default, some
    MWM users would get angry). Not that I really care at who is
    angry. But I care at what will make GIMP more usable. And I am not
    sure having 2 antithetic extreme modes is the solution.

    So why couldn't we have a single window mode type UI and still be
    able to detach images out (not only as polaroid, but also to work
    on it; right now only docks can be detached). For instance someone
    could work on several screens, would want to open one image on one
    screen and the other on another screen for instance and still
    prefer the SWM UI.

    Just some food for thoughts. :-)


I am in full support of the multiple windows mode within the single window mode.

Here is my proposal.

The multiple  windows feature could consist of the following buttons:

1. minimize
2. restore down
3. close

To make the feature more discoverable, the buttons could be located in the main menu bar to the far right of the "Help" menu, just under GIMP's control buttons close button. The MWM buttons would be only available when we are in SMW.

Here is how the MWM buttons would work:

1. minimize button: to invoke multiple image windows each for every image already open in the SWM image tabs, but the image windows will be minimized/ shrinked.

2. restore down button: to invoke multiple image windows each for every image already open in the SWM image tabs. All image windows are visible under each image tab, and any tab clicked sets focus on that tab's image window.

3. close button: to close all SWM image tabs. (Would this be necessary)

Please, see the visual description in the link below:

Position of the MWM feature buttons in the SWM:


Restore Down (MWM):




How do you put one image per screen on multi-display systems?

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