Gimp uses a different model and I am trying to understand the pros and cons. Each type of object comes with its private operations. I delete selected image pixels with the Edit->Clear command. I delete layers with the Layer->Delete Layer command. In the Text tool, I delete selected text with a Delete command from a special context menu. I cannot use the operations from the main Edit menu for editing the text. When in path edit mode, I delete control points with Ctrl-Shift-Click. This deletes the point under the mouse irrespective of which points are currently selected. You get the idea. BTW, when I hit the Delete key while in path mode, guess what happens?
An avantage of the Mac model is that there is a lot of consistency. The user learns once that if they want to act upon an object, you select it and then you pull down a menu and click on an action. The select-cut-paste paradigm works througout, whatever the type of object. Keyboard shortcuts are always the same. But you always need two steps: select, act.
With Gimp, you do not first have to select the object to act upon. Ctrl-Shift-D duplicates the current layer in whatever mode you are in. You can duplicate a layer while in text editing mode, no problem. You can thus do certain actions more rapidly without first having to change the mode or tool.
I would be interested in knowing if Gimp users consciously prefer the model with "private" non-shared operations. Or has it evolved like this for historical reasons? Clearly, the choice of interaction model affects the Gimp learning curve.
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