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Re: [opensuse] Any chance of convincing Gimp to consider a .png asavalid saved image?
  • From: C <smaug42@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 20 Jun 2013 10:58:15 +0200
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On Thu, Jun 20, 2013 at 10:39 AM, Istvan Gabor <suseuser04@xxxxxxx> wrote:
It does exist, but it does not allow you to save in any of those
formats. Now they want to "export" tho those format, save is reserved
for xcf format only :-(

I think it's far not the same thing.
If I "save as" the image I work on it becomes that type of image, eg. if I
save as a jpg,
from that point I work on a jpg image. But if I can only export, the image
itself stays
in xcf format, and I have to export it again, if I understand correctly. And
what about
working on non-xcf images? They also become xcf if I make only slight
eg. resizing, and have to export? It is silly. If this is true, I rather stay
with previous version.

This has been hashed to death on the Gimp mailing lists and forums.
The short answer is:

- Gimp is targeted at high end graphics editing just as its cousin
Photoshop. It defaults to XCF because the power users requested it.
Too many people accidentally saved in a format that did not maintain
layers so the default save was locked to a format that does.

This is not my justification... it is the one from the Gimp developers
and power users. You can easily go read it on their forums... and
this discussion is not new.. it was hashed out and argued about over a
year ago... a couple of years ago I think. The decision was made by
the people making Gimp and the power users and they are sticking with

The full functionality to save into other formats remains... it's
simply under the File > Export menu instead. It hasn't been
removed... just moved. If you don't like it as it is (that it doesn't
mark the file as saved when you export), install the Python extension
that Gabriel linked. It's a simple solution that doesn't require
wailing and gnashing of teeth :-P

Or you can use an old version until the end of time and miss out on
the newer functionality and features. simply because you have to
click File > Export (or File > Save/Export Clean if you use the
extension) instead of File > Save... that's your choice, but it's
rather silly.

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