Re: [Gimp-developer] Reducing Load Time

On 12/08/2011 02:04 PM, Alexia Death wrote:
On Thu, Dec 8, 2011 at 2:37 PM, Srihari Sriraman<srihari29691 gmail com>  wrote:
Is it possible to implement this change before the release of 2.8?
or is it too late?
The window to get new features into 2.8 closed long ago.

Lazy loading has been on the table for as long as I have been with the
project, but it has never been important enough or desired enough to
attract a developer to actually implement it and its not a trivial
change to do so its actually beneficial. One of the main catches is
that for most brushes, to get/generate the preview you need to load it
at least once. And once you have loaded it whats the point of dropping
it again?

IMHO the problem is more with the current single-level display of brushes. Gimp will look in subfolders of the declared folders, but it should allow some hierarchical navigation as well. The current interface must have been designed when the designers thought that 100 brushes would be plenty.. They were right on one point: the resulting interface is very hard to use with more than 100 brushes.

And once you have a hierarchical navigation, you only need to load the brushes from the current brush folder.

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