Re: [Gimp-user] Device specific tool options

> Date: Fri, 13 Jul 2012 18:04:31 +0400
> From: alexandre prokoudine gmail com
> To: gimp-user-list gnome org
> Subject: Re: [Gimp-user] Device specific tool options
> On Fri, Jul 13, 2012 at 5:55 PM, Mikael Ståldal wrote:
> > It seems like GIMP save different tool options for different devices (such
> > as mouse and drawing tablet). Is it possible to configure GIMP 2.8 to not do
> > that, to share the same tool options among all devices?
> Nope.
> Alexandre Prokoudine

To be more specific about this, certain options are saved with each tool, certain options are shared between all tools, and certain options are saved with each input device.  (Confused yet?)

Options saved with each tool are stored as individual toolrc files in the "tool-options" directory.
Options shared between all tools are stored in the "contextrc" file.
Options saved with each input device are stored in the "devicerc" file.

Any one of the three can specify what the "current" colors/brush/gradient is, but the interactions between them are, in the exact words of a GIMP developer, "complicated, and difficult to get right".

In the meantime, if you add the "Device Status" window to one of your toolboxes you will see exactly which options are assigned to what device.

Separate tools per device is a VERY important thing to have, because this is what allows the pen and eraser tips of a tablet stylus to function as different tools (e.g. brush and eraser).  On the other hand, separate colors/brush/pattern/gradient per device is nowhere near as important, and depending on your workflow it can even be something of a bother.

Of course, in your GIMP preferences you'll find options to share the current brush, dynamics, pattern and gradient between "all tools" - but there is no way to share these same things between all input devices.  Why is that?  Couldn't that be made user configurable?

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