In my humble opinion, the "quid" of the question regarding the new save /
export policy, relies on the fact that the new behaviour reflects a change in
the intended audience for the project: the old "load JPEG + edit + save JPEG"
serves perfectly to a casual user, who just needs a very basic image editor;
while the new "import JPEG + edit + save XCF + export JPEG" matches the flow of
a power user, who uses GIMP to the full of its capabilities.
What all that people who complain does not seem to understand is that GIMP can
no longer accommodate the needs of casual users without compromising the needs
of power users, and those power users are the intended userbase for the
project. Yes, some simple tasks are harder now, but complex tasks are easier,
and GIMP was made to deal with complex tasks. Perhaps that people needs to be
very politely told: "Sorry, but GIMP is no longer for you; please, use
Just my two cents.
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