In general, I agree with you Archie.  This discussion should be more civil but 
many posts calling for civility have come from people who want to divide the 
user base into two groups where one group is somehow more entitled to use GIMP 
than the other because of the things they do with GIMP.

I find that as unsettling as those who forget all the hard work the developers 
have done to bring GIMP to us all as a very useful tool.

Those that seem to want to divide the user base into the "professionals" and those others 
always point to the use of .xcf files as the norm for those who are the "target" users.

Well, I wonder of all the people who use GIMP, what is the percentage of people 
who use .xcf files as the usual format in which to save their work?  Simple 
question.  How many people use .xcf files regularly and how many don't? And is 
the use of .xcf files really the way to bifurcate the user community into those 
who should be using GIMP and those who shouldn't?  If a person -- like myself 
-- uses GIMP to touch up digital photographs, should I be excluded from using 
GIMP because I don't save my work as .xcf files?

Archie Arevalo wrote:
The classic case of YMMV.

Some do love the new GIMP, while others prefer the old layout. Changes can be pretty difficult for others but ... I would camp with Oon-Ee Ng when he wrote, "and it took all of 2 sessions to get used to the change.

Face it. There are the GIMP users, and there are those who need to start looking for an alternative.

But for the PEACE IN THE WORLD, have respect for the developers. You are already getting their hard work for free. At least, don't post your messages with an attitude.


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