Re: [Gimp-developer] Export instead save directly

If Save intelligently determines the file format that is most likely to be
used to save, Export should not be necessary. Just "Save" and "Save As"
would suffice.

We could use the "multi layer" & "layer outside layer boundaries"
convention to suggest that the user save to xcf, as normal to preserve what
they are seeing in the editor. The workflow would just involve flattening
the image (which also gets rid of alpha) first before saving to make the
Save default to the imported file format as a save suggestion. This has the
advantage of being intuitive and changeable merely by typing the required
file extension. For my various workflows, 99 times out of 100, it would not
be necessary to change anything.

I'd be lying if I said the current export convention didn't trip me up
occasionally. It's been 6 years since I switched completely from Photoshop,
so in my case, it's not really blamable on convention anylonger. :)

My 2p.


On 1 Mar 2016 8:43 am, "Tobias Ellinghaus" <houz gmx de> wrote:

Am Montag, 29. Februar 2016, 23:57:10 schrieb C R:
That would be terrible. Users not understanding the concept would
facing images where they can just save to JPEG while others can't, but
still enabled (because they somehow added an alpha channel), and even
images support XCF only (maybe because the layer is bigger than the

(I used "just" in the sense of "without any further actions" and not

No, that's not what I'm suggesting. If you import a jpeg for example, do
your editing, and end up with an alpha channel somehow, the save could
still default to the .jpg (the jpeg save dialogue could display a warning
that transparency will be lost). That does not prevent the user from
requesting a .png (by specifying that extension). It also does not
the user saving as an xcf either for that matter.

When closing the file, if the file is not saved as an xcf, and there is
extra data to be lost, well, the warning about it is there anyway.

But that would mean to just go back to the status quo ante, i.e., revert
save/export dichotomy and bring back saving to arbitrary formats.


My 2p.


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