The basic problem appears to be that casual users of Gimp who just
want to open an image, edit then "save" it back to the original format
don't really seem to understand the .xfc format and what that does. If
they spent a few minutes investigating that they would understand the
change instead of immediately complaining. If this was some kind of
show stopper change then I'd see the point of the complaining.

On 12 September 2012 14:50,  <> wrote:
>> I use .xcf files but my friends, my family members and most people, I
>> think, don't use .xcf.
> Yes, I think you have just about FINALLY hit the point.  I am NOT a developer 
> for GIMP, but I am enthusiastically in support of this new change so that I 
> CANNOT loose my multi-layer composition without explicit consent as could 
> (and did a few times) in previous versions of GIMP.    I am speaking for 
> myself here, but I would say "GIMP wants people to use GIMP's native file 
> format".   There are a large number of reasons for this, but saving 
> multi-layer compositions is a key one.
> I suspect another reason is to attempt to force recognition by print shops.  
> Ask how many print shops support psd files but not xcf?   I would bet that 
> number would be > 20:1 and one way to change that would be to try to push the 
> xcf usage among professional artists who use such print shops far more than 
> the average joe blow on the street.
>>They need an image editor, not an xcf editor.
> And these same joe blow users are NOT the intended audience of GIMP as has 
> been stated like....oh... 500 times or so...
>> People will leave the world of free software to turn to proprietary.
> Yep, and that's their right... why are you pushing so hard to keep them with 
> a software that is not targeting them as it's core demographic? Especially 
> when it's not a commercial project where anyone makes money from?
>> Gimp is no longer the "universal Swiss army knife " of image editing,
>> it's a fact.
> Umm... what are you smoking?   The change in question did not REMOVE any 
> functionality for editing images.   It did not REMOVE any functionality as to 
> what format files could be saved/exported to.  It only moved functionality to 
> create a CLEAR distinction between "Saving" to it's native format, and 
> "Exporting" to every other format.  More importantly as mentioned several 
> hundred times, it reduced the code complexity AND(as much as possible barring 
> power loss or computer crashes) now prevents one from accidentally loosing a 
> multi-layer composition(which is the most important "feature")
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