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A ‘window’ I’d like to see

September 6, 2011

OK, it’s crunch time. At the end of the week, you should be in Columbus, Ohio, at Ohio Linux Fest — if you’re going to a Linux show before the year’s out, make it this one. This is the last big show on the North American continent until SCALE in January. At OLF, Bradley Kuhn and Cathy Malmrose are keynoting — along with Jon “maddog” Hall — so you’ll not want to miss that (especially Cathy — Go ZaReason!).

When it comes to windows, this is one window I’ve been expecting for quite some time, and it looks like it’s almost here.

GIMP 2.7.3 adds the long awaited single-window mode, according to an article by Michael Reed in Linux Journal today.

At the moment, GIMP 2.7 is part of the development branch, so the feature won’t hit most distro repositories for a couple of months, according to the article. For the brave souls out there who want to try it now, this means that you’ll have to build it yourself (he says, backing away slowly).

“It’s a shame, in a way, because the new window mode might be viewed as a ease of use feature that less advanced users would appreciate,” Reed writes in his article.

Not to worry, Michael: I can wait until this single-window version is released for the mere mortals among us. According to Reed, a link in his article points to a page that has GIMP version 2.8 arriving sometime around November.

So, this is one window I can truly embrace. Thanks, GIMP folks.

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  1. September 6, 2011 at 8:17 am

    I’m a big fan of GIMP’s multi-window mode, but am glad that they’re almost done with single-window-mode for those fotochop enthusiasts that want to migrate.

    I’m glad that the option to use multiple or single windows is there, because personally, I can’t stand single-window mode and like everything floating around. Combined with the “Always on Top” property, I can place and move stuff around as I like.

    • September 8, 2011 at 10:15 pm

      I’ve blogged about this before: At one point at the newspaper — when we didn’t have enough Photoshop licenses — I started using GIMP to process photos for publication. It was very disorienting to have windows all over the place, and regardless of whether it’s “Photoshop-like,” I still think a single window works better. But that’s just me.

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