It does not matter what anyone else thinks. That part should be clear. It doesn't matter what people want. That much should be clear.

What matters is the perception of the perception of the program in question. (Yes, I said perception twice like that) Some people think a thing needs to be more proper (as defined by that person) and/or more professional (as defined by that person). The only thing that matters is the perception of that person. Nothing else and no one else matters.


Also, to change and backtrack now? After all this time of people begging and complaining? It would just be admitting someone is wrong and it would be unseemly now to back down in any way. Not after all this.

I think my favorite argument against user preference options is that "it's too hard and complicated." GiMP is already a masterpiece of complexity and effectiveness. Writing in an additional user preference is somehow too much though.



On 01/04/2014 08:32 AM, Wolfgang Hugemann wrote:
I also find GIMP's save-as behaviour very strange, but I have understood that there is no use in longer discussion about that. For the future I have two suggestions:

1) Allow for more user preferences.
Why not leave the choice to me whether I would like to be warned when saving in a lossy format? The discussion has at least pointed out that workflows are a very personal matter. I have so far never saved any file in Gimp's native format.

2) Nowadays it is rather easy to organise a questionaire via the Internet. The developers could thus find out about users' expectations and preferences more easily then in former times. Well, I guess this approach also has its shortcomings, but one could try. Didn't the Open Office developers proceed this way lately?

Wolfgang Hugemann
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