On Thu, 17 Aug 2006, Brendan wrote:

> Date: Thu, 17 Aug 2006 16:59:55 -0400
> From: Brendan <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> To: gimp-user@lists.xcf.berkeley.edu
> Subject: Re: [Gimp-user] Picture File Association
> On Thursday 17 August 2006 08:58, Joao S. O. Bueno Calligaris wrote:
> > On Thursday 17 August 2006 08:15 am, vt wrote:
> > > 2006 m. rugpj??tis 17 d., ketvirtadienis 10:12, Famous Actor ra????:
> > > > I'm a first time Gimp user. During installation, I accidentally
> > > > associated all possible picture files as Gimp files. Now on my
> > > > hard drive, the picture files are no longer "gifs" or "jpegs" or
> > > > "bitmaps", they are all "gimps". Does anyone know how to reverse
> > > > the association? I want to use The Gimp, but I also want to know
> > > > what files are gifs and jpegs.
> > >
> > > For answer we should at least know what is your operating system.

more than 90 % of the time if they do not know then they are using
Windows, most likely windows XP.  depending on your mail program and
their mail program you can often rummage through the headers and find out
but I've deleted the original message so i cannot be sure it would have
worked in this case.

> > His "operating system" if it may be called so, is clearly enough
> > windows. It is the only "thing" that first says it is not important
> > to know the files extensions, then hide the proper parts of the
> > filenames, and later wants people to know an image file type from
> > another just by the icons.
> >
> > Famous Actor:
> > You can associate the files back each to its own app, though I would
> > not remember  the way to do it under windos. But you can also set
> Ugh, this will take forever. If he can stand using something else, just go
> into Microsoft Picture viewer or install irfanview and let it take over all
> the picture assocs.

Most programs are very aggressive about taking file associations,
Microsoft programs are the worst of all screaming out to be set as the
default.  No matter what you do or how clearly you ask users will complain
if the installer changes any file associations, just like how users will
complain and ask to be unsubscribed from a list when it is what they
deliberately signed up for.  For peace and quiet it would be safest to
only associate with .xcf files and leave the rest alone but it does feel
like a bit of a cop out not to grab all the formats like everyone else.
The fact is the gimp starts comparitivly slowly and is definately not an
image viewer or browser so it doesn't make the best default for many file
types such as Jpeg which users are more likely to want to view than edit.
The installer has been improved for 2.3.x, no more popups for file
associations, instead there is a checklist so I would expect after 2.4 we
would be asked this kind of question even less often.

Things are not so bad anymore when it comes to changing file assocations.
In Windows XP you can right click a file to get the "Open With" option and
in the submenu there is another option "Choose Program..." where you can
choose the program you want and set it as the new default.

If you are not using Windows XP I would simply advise you to lookup a
reference on how to change file associations for whatever version you do

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