Re: [Gimp-developer] =?windows-1256?q?Merge_=22Save_a_Copy=22_with_?= =?windows-1256?q?=22Export_As=22_=5Bwas=3A_Ditch_the_=22Save_a_Copy=22_co?= =?windows-1256?q?mmand_=28really=29=5D=FE?=

Date: Sat, 23 Jun 2012 16:06:47 -0400
Subject: Re: [Gimp-developer] Ditch the "Save a Copy" command (really)
From: ccurtis0 gmail com
To: peter mmiworks net
CC: strata_ranger hotmail com; gimp-developer-list gnome org

That "Save" does not lose information seems natural, but that "Export" must lose information seems contrived.


I agree.  To the end user, whether or not Export "loses" any information is different with each and every image.  A single-layer image with no transparency and no metadata (paths, masks, EXIF, color profile, etc.) can be safely written to over a dozen assorted image formats with nothing of value lost.  Yes, JPG is lossy and GIF is inherently indexed, but the target user knows that already, they'll pick a file format appropriate for what they need.

Out of curiosity, I tried typing an XCF file into the Export dialog yesterday and got that non-negotiable warning that GIMP won't let you do that.  Um ... why?  I see no practical reason why the Export command should be prohibited from outputting an XCF file to disk when it already outputs every other image format GIMP has any support for.

> Date: Sun, 24 Jun 2012 13:23:48 +0200
> From: tobias oelgarte googlemail com
> To: gimp-developer-list gnome org
> Subject: Re: [Gimp-developer] Merge "Save a Copy" with "Export As" [was: Ditch the "Save a Copy" command (really)]
> I personally never use "save a copy". I just use "save as" and append a
> new version number to the document. If i look at Blender then they did
> go even a step further. There are small nice buttons "+" and "-" to
> increase/decrease the version number without typing.

I am also the type to use a "versioned" file naming scheme (kinda), every time I would want to "Save a Copy" of my project I actually just hit "Save As" and increment my filename - the previous filename is never touched again and automatically becomes the "backup copy".  So yes, reason number four would be that my personal workflow has no use for "Save a Copy" either.

-- Stratadrake
strata_ranger hotmail com
Numbers may not lie, but neither do th ey tell the whole truth.

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