> Date: Tue, 7 Aug 2012 11:23:49 +0200
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> Subject: [Gimp-user] HATE the new save vs. export behavior
Well habbits or not, I still wonder why it is explicitly disallowed to
save as something other than xcf. As I said, allowing that+keeping the
> export option makes all users happy. Now, a way that apparently
some part of the users like and some don't is forced to all, while it is
> not necessary to force it.
Translation: Why the existing message can/may not be converted into an
"Export/Cancel" prompt, which would be a have-cake-eat-it-too solution. That
the developers insist the cake being a lie is ... mystifying, to say the least.
> ... I don't use GIMP often enough to get used to learn the
fact that it's the only program I have where CTRL+S does not save,
rather wants me to make a temporary projectfile.
> Anoko (via gimpusers.com)
In my experience, I only have a few such programs: GIMP 2.8, Visual Studio,
and FontForge. Visual Studio, being a win32 program compiler, is pretty
obvious: "Save" saves the project source code, and "Compile" writes the
finished executable. FontForge's documentation makes clear that real font
files are extremely optimized for small file sizes and don't include a lot of
helpful metadata that is saved with your project (.sfd) file; the "Generate
Fonts" command is what writes actual font files.
In my experience I've also personally written a program used to design mods for
one specific game, where the "Save" command stored a project file and a
separate "Compile..." command packaged it into the actual mod file.
(Coincidentally, all three of these share another thing in common: Needing to
perform a validation/error check before compiling the file.)
By contrast, GIMP is the only program I use where the majority of my work
involves outputting to a standard file format, and I've only used XCF for
situations where other formats simply cannot handle it (i.e. multilayer
Numbers may not lie, but neither do they tell the whole truth.
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