Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 4th Feb 2010 17:18 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces "The venerable GNU Image Manipulation Program is undergoing a significant transformation. The next major release, version 2.8, will introduce an improved user interface with an optional single-window mode. Although this update is still under heavy development, users can get an early look by compiling the latest source code of the development version from the GIMP's version control repository."
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It's about time
by strcpy on Thu 4th Feb 2010 17:20 UTC
strcpy
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2009-05-20

It's about friggin' time.

How many years (if not decades...) this took?

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RE: It's about time
by theTSF on Thu 4th Feb 2010 17:37 UTC in reply to "It's about time"
theTSF Member since:
2005-09-27

It isn't always about features. The GIMP UI just stunk, I used the GIMP for years. Then I tried photoshop. And almost overnight the quality of my images improved 300% even when I go back to the GIMP my quality is better because I now know what feature to use to do a function.

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RE: It's about time
by OSNevvs on Thu 4th Feb 2010 19:58 UTC in reply to "It's about time"
OSNevvs Member since:
2009-08-20

+1 !

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Never saw the big deal personally
by BigDaddy on Thu 4th Feb 2010 18:20 UTC
BigDaddy
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2006-08-10

I went from photoshop to GIMP and the UI never bothered me. The only thing that was, IMO, resoundingly stupid was removing the menu toolbar, but the leaving blank space there. And it appears to still be there! No excuse for that really.

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Zifre Member since:
2009-10-04

The only thing that was, IMO, resoundingly stupid was removing the menu toolbar, but the leaving blank space there. And it appears to still be there! No excuse for that really.

That's what that was! I assumed it was some odd interaction with GNOME Global Menu. If that's really just GIMP, why the heck would the ever consider leaving the space there? It looks ugly and wasts space. Are they out of their minds?

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Multi Window
by Seth Quarrier on Thu 4th Feb 2010 21:04 UTC
Seth Quarrier
Member since:
2005-11-13

As long as they keep the multi-window mode as a first class citizen, then I am happy. While I can see the advantages of single window mode for a system without virtual desktops, if I can dedicate an entire desktop to it then I find that my window manager does a very nice job managing my Gimp windows, especially with focus follows mouse enabled. I haven't spent much time using Photoshop and am just a mere hobbyist when it comes to image editing but those are my two cents.

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RE: Multi Window
by davyc on Fri 5th Feb 2010 10:18 UTC in reply to "Multi Window"
davyc Member since:
2006-07-20

Photoshop happily allows you to have your canvas on one screen and your tools on another. That's how I use it all the time. Hopefully GIMPs simgle window mode still allows the canvas pane to be moved out of the single window like Photoshop.

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Multi window for me
by ggeldenhuys on Thu 4th Feb 2010 22:38 UTC
ggeldenhuys
Member since:
2006-11-13

There are some things a single window design simply cannot do. Multiple windows are a lot more flexible.

Yes single window might look all neat and tidy but it reduces functionality. I often open multiple images. Then simply drag one image onto another and it adds that image as a layer. How the hell would you do that with a Single Window design - your always only see one image at a time. Too limiting for me - and dragging images and layers is a feature I use very often in GIMP.

At least the GIMP developers stayed sane by making the Single Windows design optional. Best of both world I guess. :-)

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RE: Multi window for me
by viton on Fri 5th Feb 2010 15:57 UTC in reply to "Multi window for me"
viton Member since:
2005-08-09

How the hell would you do that with a Single Window design - your always only see one image at a time.

Image thumbnails are on top of the main view. Nothing should stop you from easy drag/drop.
And you don't need to switch through overlapped window mess. Everything is on screen and easy accessible.
For me, current GIMP UI is a horrible mess. Every cell of my body hates it.

Edited 2010-02-05 15:58 UTC

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RE[2]: Multi window for me
by ichi on Fri 5th Feb 2010 19:29 UTC in reply to "RE: Multi window for me"
ichi Member since:
2007-03-06

And you don't need to switch through overlapped window mess.


That's where a proper window manager kicks in. I don't see how a MDI app would organize it's child windows better than the WM.

But to each his own. Considering we will be able to switch that on and off I'm all for getting single window implemented for those who might prefer that.

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Single window
by historyb on Fri 5th Feb 2010 02:33 UTC
historyb
Member since:
2005-07-06

I think it's a great idea ;)

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Laptop screen
by gtada on Fri 5th Feb 2010 02:44 UTC
gtada
Member since:
2005-10-12

Sometimes I work on a nice big Cintiq, but sometimes I'm forced to work on my laptop. My biggest beef with GIMP is that the toolbox and various palettes take up a lot of screen real estate. Why is the default toolbox so bloody W--I--D--E?

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RE: Laptop screen
by 3rdalbum on Fri 5th Feb 2010 10:33 UTC in reply to "Laptop screen"
3rdalbum Member since:
2008-05-26

Why is the default toolbox so bloody W--I--D--E?


Why shouldn't it be? Most computers now have a widescreen display, so it makes sense to use as much of the otherwise-useless width as possible.

Besides, it's only the default size - you can narrow it down to two or three icons wide.

I get the feeling now that all the Gimp-haters will jump on some other minor factor in telling us why they hate Gimp. Probably lack of 1-bit support.

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RE[2]: Laptop screen
by ggeldenhuys on Fri 5th Feb 2010 23:19 UTC in reply to "RE: Laptop screen"
ggeldenhuys Member since:
2006-11-13

Why shouldn't it be? Most computers now have a widescreen display, so it makes sense to use as much of the otherwise-useless width as possible.

Most images are MUCH larger than any monitor resolution. So when editing images like photos, it makes sense to see as much of the image as possible.

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"Improved user interface"?
by sorpigal on Tue 9th Feb 2010 14:42 UTC
sorpigal
Member since:
2005-11-02

It's a regression, not an improvement.

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