Re: [Gimp-developer] Feature request: Improve the Open file dialog thumbnails

>From my perspective, what kind of filepicker dialog an application uses goes a long way in making it look like a native app for its target platform.  Allowing the Windows version of GIMP to incorporate the native Win32 filepicker dialog would be a huge improvement at least in platform-specific aesthetics and user convenience -- if nothing else -- but functionally speaking it would also give GIMP the ability to follow Win32 style shortcuts (.lnk files), because that's part of the filepicker functionality.  And GIMP would still be able to customize the dialog box with a GIMP-specific thumbnail panel (which, as noted, more frequently skips generating a thumbnail than not) -- that is what you see in current versions of Inkscape's Win32 platform, Inkscape being another GTK+ app.

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Date: Fri, 18 May 2012 09:35:32 -0400
From: ccurtis0 gmail com
To: gimp-developer-list gnome org
Subject: Re: [Gimp-developer] Feature request: Improve the Open file dialog thumbnails

On Fri, May 18, 2012 at 9:01 AM, Jernej Simončič <jernej ena si> wrote:

Err, why? I find the Windows dialog boxes infinitely more usable than
GTK+'s (especially after the latest "improvement" with the Recent

The GTK+ file chooser does seem to be horrible, and I'm not sure why.  Here's a usage scenario that continually drives me crazy in GIMP:

1) Create a new image
2) Select File->Save
-> The "Save File" dialog opens
3) Navigate to the correct directory
4) Type the filename to save

Expected result: The highlighted part of "Untitled" in "Name: Untitled.xcf" is replaced with what you type.

Actual result: The dialog assumes you want to destroy a file already in the directory and starts selecting from them until you type something that can't be completed using the files in the directory.  Then, another little window appears showing you what you're typing.  When you finish typing the name you want to save as and hit Enter, the dialog prompts you to overwrite the file that last matched what you were typing.

I'm not sure if the GTK+ file chooser really is this stupid, or if GIMP isn't setting some kind of "save mode" flag.


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