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Oct 19, 2013, 16:52
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All,

It is good to be a part of this forum. I just decided that though I have used Gimp for many years (and Linux, for that matter), that I would finally introduce myself and show my support for the awesome program that Gimp is.

I also want to express my support and appreciation for the change to a XCF save only - the rest being export so as to ensure users understand that you will NOT be able to save history with the other filetypes. At first I also did not understand the reasoning - but now that I do I am very grateful to the designers of the program for making things in such a brilliant way.

Keep up the good work. Gimp is phenomenal and my graphics editor of choice.

Robb Bossley
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Oct 20, 2013, 05:09 (This post was last modified: Oct 20, 2013 05:11 by iForStyle007.)
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(Oct 19, 2013 16:52)chinacomic Wrote:  ...
I also want to express my support and appreciation for the change to a XCF save only - the rest being export so as to ensure users understand that you will NOT be able to save history with the other filetypes. At first I also did not understand the reasoning - ...

Welcome!

It's nice for the fact of saving project history state, but you don't have to limit yourself to JUST saving in .xcf(gimps native file). I can think of 2 major downsides aside all the benifits from .xcf save only.

1. Less compatible (certain other programs might be able to open .xcf but not garunteed & you might not get the history; just in Gimp)
2. File sizes are SIGNIFICANTLY larger, no big deal until you have alot of .xcf's, because not only are you saving the history states, your saving:
- the layers (like in a .gif)
- filters applied
-Uncropped areas of the canvas (parts of the image that are larger than the canvas)
- any transparency & hidden/turned off layers

Some better methods would be:

- to make a folder of all your original project images and name the folder whatever your project is.
Then save each layer as a .png(you can save transparency this way)
or just have the original .jpegs

- (Saving layers in an image) if you don't need color quality & don't mind indexed colors (you can convert back to RGB after you open) you can save all your layers as a .gif (animation)

*You can save a starting .xcf of your project file but I wouldn't recommend having that be your only saved file (with all images imported into it) as if something goes wrong & you can't open it, what then...?
Cheers

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