Re: [Gimp-user] GIMP user friendliness suggestion

“Semantic issues” tend to be difficult. “Save as” in most applications I’ve used, is essentially both for 
saving as a file with a different name, and saving as a different type of file. GIMP breaks this into two 
(actually three, with the “overwrite” command) separate commands, which makes logical sense. Renaming “Open” 
to “Open/import” may well reduce the confusion for new users. (Yes, I know. But who RTFM before starting to 
use the program? I suspect most start using the program, referring to the manual when something doesn’t work 
as they expected. Considering what I’ve recently read about the state of GIMP documentation, the name change 
seems a good, simple “fix” for what is mostly a perceptual problem.


On Nov 16, 2018, at 4:11 PM, Liam R E Quin <liam holoweb net> wrote:

On Fri, 2018-11-16 at 14:41 -0500, Steve Kinney wrote:

Ultimately, Save vs. Export is just a semantic issue:

The GIMP "saves" image editing projects as XCF files, with all
channels, paths, etc. intact.  XCF is the GIMP's native file format.

The GIMP "exports" images from editing projects into flat file
intended for display or print only, typically with some loss of
resolution compared to their XCF 'master' files.

i think one reason it's a problem is that it's asymmetric - you can
"open" a JPEG or PNG file, rather than "import"ing one. Maybe renaming
Open to Open/Import" would reduce the confusion, i'm not sure.


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