> Now, the objective of Gimp seems to stay in the fields of amateur and
> therefore to delegate the role of single photo$hop image editor for
BS! I would posit that amateurs invoke DESTRUCTIVE editing techniques(because
they don't know any better) while professionals do the strive for the
NON-DESTRUCTIVE techniques(or should).
One of the main feature goals of Gimp is to get to a point, over the next
several release versions, of non destructive editing. This save/export feature
change is but one step in a series of releases to enforce this philosophy(as
much as possible.) You STILL have the option of destroying the original image
file, but now you are forced to provide your consent by performing an explicit
"export" as opposed to the previous "open", "edit", "save" in prior versions.
You may be a "professional", but even professional's are human and make
mistakes. While I am not a "professional", I have made plenty of mistakes
which destroyed the original image(though most of the time in a recoverable
way..but not always), this new workflow totally prevents this as an accident
and this is a good thing. As a potential client, knowing what I know right
now, I would NEVER, EVER, EVER work with any "professional" who overwrites the
original image file with his edits... no matter how good he/she thi
nk they are they are human and it's a hell of a lot easier to NOT destroy the
original than it is to fix it after its been damaged.
Since I and a few others have noted this previously, could you please signal
that you understand the reasoning? I don't expect you to necessarily accept it
to be accurately reflect your opinions on the matter or that you agree, only
that you *understand*.
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