GIMP 2.8 less productive than GIMP 2.6 (too many dialogue boxes)
To: GIMP devs and users
Having recently made the upgrade to GIMP 2.8, it's immediately obvious to me as a long time user that GIMP is now a far less productive application. Some aspects that I find particularly obtrusive:
-> The "Export" vs Save implementation: this alone already made me go back to 2.6, at least until this "feature" is made optional or removed from GIMP altogether. Previously, all I had to do to save an image in any desired format after editing it, was to use "Save as" exactly as I would in any other program; now I have to go through multiple dialogue windows and manually select the same options ALL THE TIME (such as the dreadful "Do Not write colour space information" for BMPs), since they aren't assumed by GIMP for future operations. Even
something that should be as simple as a quick modification followed by a CTRL+S to overwrite the same image in its own native format has become an headache.
-> When saving (pardon me, "exporting") images to JPG, the advanced options dialogue DOES NOT assume the defaults as selected by the user after clicking on "Save Defaults"; instead, it expects the user to click on "Load Defaults" ALL THE TIME! How obtuse can this be ? I don't want to have to manually load my defaults ALL THE TIME, that's as much troublesome and time consuming as just selecting those same options myself ALL THE TIME. If I have a "Save Defaults" option, what I want it to do is exactly what it says - GIMP *automatically* assuming those options the next time I get to save an image as JPG. That's what "defaults" in computer programs means.
The way I see it, a computer application improves when it gets more intuitive and faster to
use. Alas, this is not the case with such GIMP implementations as the above ones. Having to do the same operations while using more time and more steps than before is not an improvement - it's a step backwards.
If it's your desire to keep this kind of counter-productive "features" in place to cater for people who can't use a computer correctly and thus need all those repetitive dialogue boxes and safety checks just as the typical Windows initiate needs to go through multiple "Yes/No" buttons just to copy, move or delete a file (because he'd otherwise ruin his own work, out of his own inepcy), then at least PLEASE make them optional in the next version or a patch so that experienced users can get them out of the way and get their GIMP productivity back.
Thank you very much.
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