Re: [Gimp-user] Save Export Complaints

On 09/12/2012 03:50 PM, jfrazierjr nc rr com wrote:

I use .xcf files but my friends, my family members and most people, I
think, don't use .xcf.

Yes, I think you have just about FINALLY hit the point.  I am NOT a developer for GIMP, but I am enthusiastically in 
support of this new change so that I CANNOT loose my multi-layer composition without explicit consent as could (and did 
a few times) in previous versions of GIMP.    I am speaking for myself here, but I would say "GIMP wants people to 
use GIMP's native file format".   There are a large number of reasons for this, but saving multi-layer 
compositions is a key one.

I suspect another reason is to attempt to force recognition by print shops.  Ask how many print shops support 
psd files but not xcf?   I would bet that number would be>  20:1 and one way to change that would be to try 
to push the xcf usage among professional artists who use such print shops far more than the average joe blow on 
the street.

Print shops ask for png, jpeg or tiff, not psd

They need an image editor, not an xcf editor.

And these same joe blow users are NOT the intended audience of GIMP as has been stated like....oh... 500 
times or so...

People will leave the world of free software to turn to proprietary.

Yep, and that's their right... why are you pushing so hard to keep them with a software that is not targeting 
them as it's core demographic? Especially when it's not a commercial project where anyone makes money from?

Strange and interesting point of view... Your message to these people is "go out". Welcome in the Happy World of Free Software... Happily, you're not representative. Free Software philosophy is opening, not closing.
About GNU/Linux philosophy
I hope that gimp does not become a cathedral

Gimp is no longer the "universal Swiss army knife " of image editing,
it's a fact.

Umm... what are you smoking?   The change in question did not REMOVE any functionality for editing images.   It did not REMOVE any 
functionality as to what format files could be saved/exported to.  It only moved functionality to create a CLEAR distinction between 
"Saving" to it's native format, and "Exporting" to every other format.  More importantly as mentioned several hundred 
times, it reduced the code complexity AND(as much as possible barring power loss or computer crashes) now prevents one from accidentally 
loosing a multi-layer composition(which is the most important "feature")

Do you really use it ? Ergonomically speaking, Gimp is now an xcf editor.


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