On Thu, 2007-12-20 at 11:17 -0800, JC Dill wrote:

> I'm a typical "potential Gimp user".  I tried to use it many years ago 
> (when I first joined this list) but it couldn't meet my needs.  I've 
> remained interested in Gimp, and stayed on the list to lurk and learn.  
> I had hope that someday it would develop into a software product that I 
> could use instead of Photoshop.  I provided this background so you would 
> understand the context for my comment - not to say I'm in any way better 
> or special.  If you want users like me to embrace and use Gimp you must 
> consider our needs and comments when you make design decisions.  The 
> fact that few outside the programmer community use Gimp shows that you 
> are not making inroads into this other possible user base - it's clearly 
> because you don't keep these other users in mind when you design the 
> program and UI.

I don't know where you get that impression from. The ongoing redesign of
the user interface is based on an extensive analysis of user feedback,
workspace observations and analysis by user interface professionals. Our
UI team is working on this for more than a year now, spending about
twenty hours per week. And they are doing this in their free time. We,
the developers, then pick up their suggestions and spend our free time
implementing them. It would be nice if you could show some appreciation
for this work. There are certainly many things that can be done even
better. We are just beginning to incorporate the results of the
usability evaluation that took place.


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