GIMP 2.8

Karel Volný kvolny at
Sun Apr 29 13:25:43 UTC 2012

Dear GIMP lovers,

for the first time after update to Fedora 17, I've needed to do 
some simple edits to a few photos.

Now I feel it is time to say goodbye to GIMP and start saving for 
Photoshop ...

There is no point for me in reporting bugs - this is some 
fundamental difference between my and the GIMP developers' 
thinking ("it is not a bug, it is a feature").

The first thing was that GIMP had asked me if I want the photos 
rotated according to EXIF. Hell yes, I can hardly remember any 
single case where I wouldn't want this. - There was just a little 
problem that I simply don't know which orientation is "standard". 
So I was really not sure what to answer, will the photo get 
rotated according to EXIF or will it be rotated from EXIF 
orientation to the physical orientation of the JPEG data in the 
file? And that's where I got the suspicion ...

I wouldn't mind that "resize" got renamed to "scale".

What do I mind is that "Save as" no longer works as before. I 
still have the possibility to choose the file extension, however 
trying to use "jpg" tells me that it won't save the file as JPEG 
and that I have to "export" the file. That sounds very "logical" 
when I've opened somefile.jpg and I just want to save it as 
someothername.jpg not to overwrite original; I do not want to 
"export" to any other format than what was the original.

Ok, so I went to "export", did all the "advanced" settings and 
saved the file. Then the same for the rest of files I had 
altered. Oh, the JPEG settings dialogue doesn't remember the 
settings over the editing session as it always did? The only 
possibility not to spent half an hour clicking the same twenty 
times in a row is to save the settings as default. But I don't 
want these exact settings to be the default ...

Cool, so I've spent half an hour "exporting" the files. So I'm 
finished, let's close GIMP. Hey, but what's that dialogue asking 
me to save unsaved changes of a file that I have just saved? 
Every single file that just got saved is treated as unsaved just 
because I was so bold not to use the one and only holy XCF format 
for reprocessed JPEGs? Okay, just enough for me ...

Next time I'll rather spend my time studying ImageMagick usage to 
script the task even for less than ten images, rather than doing 
monkey work.

So, feel free to join me with the moment of silence for the good 
old GIMP that is just getting buried.


Karel Volný
QE BaseOs/Daemons Team
Red Hat Czech, Brno
tel. +420 532294274
(RH: +420 532294111 ext. 8262074)
xmpp kavol at
:: "Never attribute to malice what can
::  easily be explained by stupidity."
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