Linked by Hadrien Grasland on Sun 9th Jan 2011 12:39 UTC, submitted by RichterKuato
Graphics, User Interfaces "GIMP 2.8 has been talked about for more than a year and back in January there was a GIMP 2.8 release schedule by Martin Nordholts that had set the final release for the 27th of December. That date has now passed and, sadly, this major update to this leading open-source graphics program is still not close to being released."
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Comment by ssokolow
by ssokolow on Sun 9th Jan 2011 14:40 UTC
ssokolow
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2010-01-21

My big concern about GIMP 2.8 is that the single-window mode appears to be exactly what was asked for (and nothing more) without any thought as to whether there was a way to reconcile the two user groups' needs... so I think I'll have to continue using WM hackery to force GIMP to behave in a comfortable fashion. (Fake-docked tool palette and image on the left-hand monitor, tool options on the right)

Had they just made it possible to dock/tear panes in arbitrary ways and defaulted new installations to docking it all together, I think everyone would be happy. (I'm not happy because the tool palette in GIMP 2.6 functions ONLY as a dock host, the image window can't be used as a dock host, and multiple columns require multiple windows)

Edited 2011-01-09 14:42 UTC

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RE: Comment by ssokolow
by prokoudine on Sun 9th Jan 2011 14:52 in reply to "Comment by ssokolow"
prokoudine Member since:
2005-08-09

Your concerns are understandable, but invalid. The single-window mode is entirely optional. It's up to you whether you want using it or not.

As for dockables, 2.8 actually has lots of improvements there, including docking side by side. So you can actually take e.g. Tools Options dialog and dock it to the right from Toolbox. Or you can keep Toolbox in the left side all alone, and then dock Layers to the left of the usual right group of docks so you can always see all the complex hierarchy of layers. It works just fine in both modes.

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RE[2]: Comment by ssokolow
by ssokolow on Sun 9th Jan 2011 16:15 in reply to "RE: Comment by ssokolow"
ssokolow Member since:
2010-01-21

I'm aware that single-window mode is optional. I hadn't heard of the docking improvements.

Do you know if the docking behaviours of the tool palette and image windows have been extended so I could have the layout and behaviour of the single window mode layout shown in all the screenshots but with the right-hand column (layers, options, etc.) as a separate window?

I want to approximate what a 1680x1050 monitor would give me using a pair of 1280x1024 LCDs in a Xinerama setup and I'd hate to have to use WM rules to redefine "maximized" as "width of the monitor plus X to push the right column onto the other monitor".

(My tablet has a widescreen aspect ratio, so that layout avoids the need to use xf86-input-wacom's monitor-switching pseudo-gesture)

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RE: Comment by ssokolow
by WereCatf on Sun 9th Jan 2011 15:51 in reply to "Comment by ssokolow"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

My big concern about GIMP 2.8 is that the single-window mode appears to be exactly what was asked for (and nothing more) without any thought as to whether there was a way to reconcile the two user groups' needs... so I think I'll have to continue using WM hackery to force GIMP to behave in a comfortable fashion. (Fake-docked tool palette and image on the left-hand monitor, tool options on the right)

As was said by another poster, single-window mode can be toggled on or off at your own will. You can use whichever mode you prefer. Secondly, it's not only "what was asked for and nothing more": they've actually gone ahead and done lots of work on improving the workflow and even implemented new UI features to make using GIMP more enjoyable.

There was a blogpost a good while back that showed and explained some of the new and improved things, too bad I don't remember where it was :/

Anyways, in short, I think you're worrying about nothing ;)

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