How about an AJAX-enabled web app for GIMP?

> I feel there is no better software choice for educational use than the GIMP.
> > *** preview options ***
> > preview options are needed for some important and frequently used
> > scripts (i.e. adding shadow) (#52374)
> I am by no means a GIMP guru, but the "previews for plugins" issue seems to be
> something of a double-edged sword. I certainly agree that showing the effects
> of altering parameters in the main image display is, in most cases, ideal. If 
> I
> understand correctly, one of the difficulties with accomplishing this is that
> plugins communicate with the main GIMP program using a message-passing system
> ("The Wire") and interactive plugins are somewhat limited on the amount of
> information that can be exchanged in a responsive manner. This limitation
> currently has to be weighed against the benefit of permitting the entire GIMP
> community to safely contribute to the GIMP (using, for the most part, their
> programming language of choice). I can't imagine the GIMP having reached the
> advanced state it is in without the extensibility provided by the Procedural
> DataBase and plugins.
> > *** some other things ***
> > - Please implement an easy and fast way to instantly overlay a layer
> > with a specific color or gradient (+preview option).
> You can drag-n-drop a color directly from the foreground, background, or a 
> color
> dialog onto a layer; you can use the "Tools->Paint Tools->Blend" to do the 
> same
> with a gradient (I consider both of these to be "easy and fast"). A "preview
> option" would introduce a confirmation step that would make the process both
> more difficult and slower and, from an internal standpoint, be little 
> different
> from the use of UNDO to revert an undesired change.
> > - Please implement a script to add inner glow.
> There is a "Layer Effects" plugin available in the Plugin Registry which
> implements this; though I would question its usage in an educational setting.
> If you are trying to teach a course in user interface, fine, I understand. But
> if the goal is to teach image manipulation and its algorithms then would it 
> not
> be of more use to learn "how" to add an inner glow. All of the "layer effects"
> are fairly simple operations that, at their core, are just nice "packaging" of
> the more important concepts of color combinations, convolutions, thresholds,
> and opacities; all of which can be taught at their intuitive level with GIMP
> (without a "dumbed down" user interface confusing the user).
> If the suggested enhancements are taken from a "productivity" standpoint, I
> might better sympathize (although I *really* like the GIMP's interface); but 
> as
> they were presented from an educator who wishes to use the GIMP in the
> classroom, I would submit that what is being taught be considered.
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