I'm been a linux user for over a decade and a gimp user for nearly as long.
I've marveled at the philosophy of doing the greatest amount of work with a
minimum of keystrokes and mouse clicks. That was the hallmark of linux software
design for ages.
I was shocked when I installed 2.8 and ran into the open/save dialog problem.
What hit me right off the bat was how forcing users to import/export all
bitmaps and only allowing saves in .xcf seemed to fly in the face of the long
precedent of efficiency build into gimp. I could no longer simply open a jpeg
or png, edit and save the file as I had for years, but instead had to go
through a web of additional dialogs that do not help get any more work done,
but require a great deal more interaction.
I have bugged the issue and I've followed the developer thread to bring back
the open/save dialog. There was years of work that went into the design of the
elegant 2.6 handling of open/save of files. I have yet to see any explanation
of how the 2.8 setup furthers the ability of the user to do more with fewer
keystrokes or mouse clicks -- or do anything new at all other than mindlessly
navigate more dialogs.
I have always been impressed with the progress the developers have made with
gimp and gtk, but this is one area where they should reconsider and restore the
functionality that was lost in the 2.6 -> 2.8 transition.
I fully support the devs in the progress they make, however when an idea
results in a loss of ease of use, I also expect them to be wise enough to
listen to the community input going forward.
David C. Rankin, J.D., P.E.
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