Hi all,

We had an issue come into support about using the paint tools on a grouped image - this has come up before (years ago, at least).

Basically, only the browser, pointer and help tools will recurse into groups - the paint tools will not. This means that if you use the paint tools over an image in a group, the grouped image will not get edited. Instead, if there is not a top-level image one will be created and that will be edited.

The question is - is this behavior something which should:

  1) Be considered a bug

  2) Be considered correct behavior

3) Be considered an anomaly - i.e. something which is probably a bug, but too many people rely on to change without some sort of compatibility mechanism

I realize this is an edge case; however, I thought it worth asking to see if anyone here relies on the fact that images in groups do not get affected by paint tools; or whether it would be far better than if did!

Basically I'm trying to decide if it should be 'fixed' (assuming the current behavior is considered erroneous!), and if so whether it would be suitable for a maintenance release (it is, strictly speaking, a change in behavior), or only for a development release.

The bug report is here:


Any feedback gratefully received.

Warmest Regards,


Mark Waddingham ~ m...@livecode.com ~ http://www.livecode.com/
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