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)

-- Stratadrake
Numbers may not lie, but neither do they tell the whole truth.

> From: maur...@bcs.org.uk
> To: gimp-user-list@gnome.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"...
> Regards,
> -- 
> /\/\aurice (Retired in Surrey, UK)
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