Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 3rd May 2012 22:36 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces It's here: the GIMP 2.8. Its biggest feature is something that many, many people have been requesting for as long as I can remember: single-window mode. No longer do you have to fiddle with a gazillion palette and dialog windows (unless you choose to do so, of course). Great work by the team.
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Window management
by Doc Pain on Fri 4th May 2012 00:21 UTC
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Very good work the developers have done. I'm using The Gimp for many years now for many graphics-related work, and I've judged most of the development as real impovement (rather than "dis-improvement" you so often see in "modern" software), so I can consider The Gimp being the "top player" for the things I need it for.

However, being used to multi-monitor settings with big screens, combined with powerful window management function, I'm not fully convinced that moving the functionalities of managing windows (or in general, all window-like GUI elements) into the application itself is a good idea. It can be annoying - just remember the older StarOffice versions doing their own window management (and therefore blocking the advanced options a good window manager offers). Things you are familiar with (e. g. Alt + left click to move window, no need to use the title bar!) do interfere with Gimp concepts (see list of minor changes: "You can now Alt+Click on layers in the Layers dialog to create a selection from it.") Managing multiple windows, palettes, menus and submenus (yes, really!) and dialogs across several screens and even virtual desktops can be really useful if you know how to deal with it. Removing that flexibility by stuffing everything into "one big window" sounds as it would remove that way of doing things. Luckily, the "one window" mode is optional, so users can try out "this or that", and with the fork "Gimpshop" even the addicts claiming that everything must be the same as "Photoshop" can be satisfied. :-)

(Note: Programs "knowing better" than the "upper level system service" for managing windows can really be annoying, limiting, and contraproductive. Just think about websites that re-implement browser functionality and make page navigation and bookmarking needlessly complicated.)

The changes in the File menu look promising, and I'm always happy that the Gimp developers pay attention to make the program usable with a good keyboard plus mouse combination. Routine workflow can be optimized that way, as no visual confirmation is needed to perform a certain action or selection.

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