Where GIMP 2.8 went wrong

I have used GIMP for many years, too many to count or remember actually but I know it was in the early 1.x time frame. This latest release has me a bit confused in the Save As, Export area.

I rarely ever save a file in the native GIMP format (XCF) and usually save the images as PNG or JPG. Given that, I always use short cuts like CTRL+S to save the image and in GIMP 2.6 in “just worked”. Now, you are forced to use the Export function from the menu any time you want to save the image as anything outside of an XCF file – very bad! The shortcut key doesn’t work like it did and now I can’t just edit an existing PNG or JPG and just click “Save”. I really don’t understand this change because the save dialog is almost identical – they didn’t make it smaller or optimize it in any way. Check out the images below.

Save Dialog in GIMP 2.6

Save Dialog in GIMP 2.8

8 thoughts on “Where GIMP 2.8 went wrong

  1. I am annoyed by this new feature too, but i think the reason is, that too many users have made the mistake to save a image with layers to a non layer image format like jpeg or png and than cry why they have lost their layers.

    • Its funny you say that because I also get annoyed being asked to “Merge Visible Layers”, which there should be a check box to not prompt that question going forward. For those who save as PNG and “lose” their layers then they should read the dialog boxes!

  2. New versions aren’t always an improvement. Paint Shop Pro was ruined in versions 9 and onwards, it was horrible and laggy. I still have an old install of version 7 which is simple and fast.

    Going back further, some products were ruined when they moved from DOS to Windows… such as WordPerfect and Paradox.

    • I agree, remember Norton Commander? I was extremely efficient with that in the DOS days. The Windows version was horrible and I eventually stopped using it altogether.

      • No, I’m not old enough to remember Norton Commander, but my dad told me about it 😉

        Seriously though, I used to laugh at the boxes of the Norton products, with that picture of Peter Norton looking smug on the front. These were the days of Norton Utilities and QEMM.

  3. it is actually quite clever because you save all your images in some local directory including your undo history, layers, text etc. and crucially the export filename and path. The thing you “save” in your working directory is the source code for your image, the thing you export to where you want it to be is the object code. When you go back and edit it you open up the source image and you can then work on that and re-export it to the right place. It is a bit different, and I don’t like the fact you have to go back to export if you didn’t mean to save it, but the fact that an image file can have multiple locations and export formats and the saved layered file knows about that is rather cool

    • Well that may be “the feature” but I could accomplish that before just by following the dialog boxes. Now, as I stated, I have to change years of key strokes and mental patterns.

  4. I too am annoyed by many of the “features of 2.8.” Most notably, I accidentally closed the toolbox dialog, and never did figure out how to restore it. I finally gave up and uninstalled 2.8.4 and went back to 2.6.11 which I was very happy with. I also found it frustrating that from there doesn’t appear to be any easy way to download older versions from the gimp website. Fortunately, I keep backups and was able to reinstall it that way.

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