Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 28th Dec 2008 10:43 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces High bit depth support, non-destructive editing (so called "effect layers") and colour management. Three hot topics in photography editing - that users have been waiting for for a long time now to appear in GIMP. Today Linux & Photography blog features an exclusive interview with Martin Nordholts, one of the core contributors to GIMP. Nordholts speaks about the current state of affairs, explains what is going on deep inside the GIMP (and GEGL) and also lifts a corner of the veil about what is to come.
Thread beginning with comment 341705
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
Virtual desktops, man!
by CrLf on Sun 28th Dec 2008 13:57 UTC
CrLf
Member since:
2006-01-03

"There have been discussions about a single-window tabb-based interface that can probably interest a few people."

Please, don't! Really.

I don't get this obsession with the GIMP's multiple window interface... This may be a problem in retarded OSes that don't have virtual desktops, but is anywone seriously using the GIMP on Windows? For real?

I'm not saying that it couldn't use some improvements, but that doesn't mean switching to a single window interface, or even worse, a tabbed interface.

Just check out Pixelmator [pixelmator.com] for what the GIMP's interface should evolve to. It is mostly the same interface, but with the "document" as the pivot point (i.e. the floating windows are hidden when there's no focused image, and they always appear next to the focused image whatever the virtual desktop in happens to be on).

Summing things up, multiple windows are great for separating work through virtual desktops, it's just that the app should interact with them better.

Reply Score: 0

RE: Virtual desktops, man!
by Thom_Holwerda on Sun 28th Dec 2008 14:08 in reply to "Virtual desktops, man!"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

This may be a problem in retarded OSes that don't have virtual desktops


I don't think that whether or not having virtual desktops is a measure of retardedness.

That being said, I don't know of any operating system that does not have virtual desktops. Windows has them too, you know, just pick one of the ten million billion 3rd party implementations.

Reply Parent Score: 3

RE[2]: Virtual desktops, man!
by CrLf on Sun 28th Dec 2008 15:15 in reply to "RE: Virtual desktops, man!"
CrLf Member since:
2006-01-03

"Windows has them too, you know, just pick one of the ten million billion 3rd party implementations."

Do they actually work correctly? I still haven't found one that did.

Reply Parent Score: 1

RE: Virtual desktops, man!
by FooBarWidget on Sun 28th Dec 2008 15:21 in reply to "Virtual desktops, man!"
FooBarWidget Member since:
2005-11-11

"I don't get this obsession with the GIMP's multiple window interface... This may be a problem in retarded OSes that don't have virtual desktops, but is anywone seriously using the GIMP on Windows? For real?"


As strange as it may sound, Gimp probably has a lot more Windows users than Unix users. That is the case with Inkscape for example; Windows users outnumber Linux users 10 times even though Inkscape is a GTK program originally written for Unix.

Reply Parent Score: 5

RE[2]: Virtual desktops, man!
by tyrione on Tue 30th Dec 2008 15:28 in reply to "RE: Virtual desktops, man!"
tyrione Member since:
2005-11-21

""I don't get this obsession with the GIMP's multiple window interface... This may be a problem in retarded OSes that don't have virtual desktops, but is anywone seriously using the GIMP on Windows? For real?"


As strange as it may sound, Gimp probably has a lot more Windows users than Unix users. That is the case with Inkscape for example; Windows users outnumber Linux users 10 times even though Inkscape is a GTK program originally written for Unix.
"

That's directly proportional to the total deployed Windows systems and Inkscape allows a free tool to offset costs for Graphical Designers who aren't moving to Linux/OS X/FreeBSD/*nix because their bread and butter applications require them to still use Windows.

Inkscape has a better shot of moving forward on OS X if someone forks it and does a Cocoa port.

Reply Parent Score: 2