Re: [Gimp-developer] Export instead save directly


OK, once the discussion is here again, I will also add my 2 cents. There are definitively more than 2 people disapointed by this change. I am the third one. I've got somehow used the new concept, so I don't complain and don't want to get back the former UI, but let me explain two important points:

1. import and export terms are usually used for actions which are not natural for the given application. And most often they don't need to be in pairs, which means, we can import some data, but we cannot store them, and we can export some data, but we cannot load them. This is definitively not the case of Gimp for most of the graphical formats.

2. Do you know some photo/image viewer which can display xcf files? I am not aware of any. Maybe there is some, but it is not important at the moment. The important message is, that poeple (I appologise to Alex for speaking on behalf of other peaple than I am) usually don't want to store they images as xcf. I bet most often they want to load their JPEG from their camera, make some edits, color enhancemnts, etc. and SAVE it back as JPEG. That's all.


On 29.02.2016 20:40, wwp wrote:

On Mon, 29 Feb 2016 19:31:00 +0000 "A. da Mek" <a da_mek0 ufoni cz> wrote:

> I still think that there should be a file->import as it's really hard to tell people JPEG and PNG are not native to GIMP when it opens them just fine.

Yes, I had the same thought; the current system is asymmetric. If it is insisted that non-xcf files cannot be saved and are exported instead, so they shall be also only imported instead of opened. But when I can open a file, then I expect that I am able also to save it.

That's probably the real point.

OTOH, as the application can detect which format is being opened, and choose automatically between opening of the native format and importing of other formats, so maybe the best solution could be simply change the label from "open" to "open or import".

"open" is generic enough. "import" (if it exists besides "open")
usually implies that you convert from a format that is not the format
used internally or not the intended format for the application.
"export" has the same meaning (but other direction). "save" is generic
too. You can also think about other generic terms, like "load" and


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