GIMP finally restores single-window mode

GIMP finally restores single-window mode

Just few hours ago Martin Nordholts made another historic commit and push to Git development repository of GIMP that adds saving and restoration of the optional single-window mode in upcoming v2.8.

Yep, you don't have to use this menu item every time you start GIMP now.

Single-window mode switch

The schedule for v2.8 hasn't been updated yet to match the changes, nor it is known how exactly much work is left to do on the single-window mode and dockable dialogs. However this commit is quite an important milestone that makes v2.8 considerably closer.

For quite a while the team has been focusing on getting v2.8 out of the door to be able to concentrate on next big new features, such as long overdue high bit depth support. The current estimation of v2.8 release is end of 2011, but dates are subject to changes, especially if people join the project to help fixing bugs.

As a short reminder, v2.8 is expected to ship with layer groups, completely overhauled text tool with inline formatting, new Cage transform tool, PDF exporting and many, many more new features and usability improvements.

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  1. \o/ yey for gimp devs :)

  2. If what I have seen so far is correct, this is a neither-nor solution. The old type Gimp with one window for each element and toolbar is horrible to work with. But a window style that forces you to have everything inside the work area is equally bad.

    What is needed is a work area that is independent of the toolbars. Much like the old style Gimp. BUT - it all needs to be one window, just with some widgets called toolbars. So when you close the work area, the program closes. The widgets are not separate windows, but they must be possible to move outside of the work area.

    This is how Photoshop work today, and this allows me to use 2 screens - one with the image in full screen, the other with all the tools.

  3. But a window style that forces you to have everything inside the work area is equally bad.

    GIMP doesn’t force you to have that. If you combine everything, you can then make any dockable dialog floating, and that will be restored next time you start GIMP. Please don’t make (wrong) assumptions; try first, make conclusions later :)

  4. Have already tried to use the single window mode, but will gladly try again!

  5. But a window style that forces you to have everything inside the work area is equally bad.

    Your judgment based on a wrong idea about how the single mode works is UTTERLY BAD.