I'm on the fence. On one hand, I fully understand the reason for this change;
on the other, it's such a sudden change (compared to every previous version of
GIMP ever) that it CAN (and, really, should) be handled better:
When you use the "Save As" command and type a filename other than XCF, I would
personally want to see, instead of simply telling you that Save is only for
GIMP's native .xcf format and use the "Export" command for other formats, give
it a prompt -- have it ask something like " 'Save' uses GIMP's internal image
format only - would you like to Export a copy in [file format]? [export /
Likewise, if you've opened up an image from a non-XCF format, the "Save" (not
"Save As") command should ask whether you intend to save the file in GIMP's
native XCF format or re-export it back to the original file format. (Current
behavior is to pop up the "Save As" dialog box, just the same as with a new
image -- which tends to result in situation #1 described above)
Numbers may not lie, but neither do they tell the whole truth.
> From: maur...@bcs.org.uk
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Date: Thu, 3 May 2012 15:53:31 +0100
> Subject: Re: [Gimp-user] HATE the new save vs. export behavior
> On Thursday 03 May 2012 10:15:29 Jay Smith wrote:
> > when editing a JPG, repeatedly
> > saving/exporting to JPG (your step 4) reduces the quality (actually
> > compresses / deletes data).
> Having been away I've just been reading this thread, and would like to
> add my wish to those others who are unhappy at the sudden change in the
> Save dialogue.
> In my case, I am not "repeatedly saving/exporting' to JPG", but only
> once per image (to write annotation), and I would guess that applies to
> many other users of Gimp - though possibly a minority.
> Having thus introduced myself to the wonderful Gimp, I am tempted to
> go on to make use of more powerful functions.
> Is there really no room for a simple compromise that would satisfy both
> the more professional and the more casual users?
> "Where there's a will there's a way"...
> /\/\aurice (Retired in Surrey, UK)
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