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
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
Here is my proposal.
The multiple windows feature could consist of the following buttons:
2. restore down
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?