The future of GIMP's User Interface
One of the most questioned and discussed issues about GIMP is the Graphical User Interface. Many users (mostly new ones to GIMP) are confused by it so it is well worth to talk about this never ending discussion.
The Libre Graphics Meeting offers a chance for many developers to talk to other developers and of course to talk users of a certain program. This year Peter Sikking and Michael Terry had a talk mainly about the UI of GIMP.
Peter Sikking, also one of the maintainers of the GIMP UI Brainstorm Blog, talks about different possibilities for a future UI of GIMP. In the beginning of his talk he makes a short trip to CMYK and why RGB is a designers color workspace. He’s writing about his talk also on his website:
The second talk on LGM 2009 is from Michael Terry. He talks about Usability in general, visually arresting graphic design and of adaptive UIs which has also been a big topic in the past of the GIMP developement.
There’ve been some siginificant changes to the UI when GIMP went from 2.4 to 2.6. However always keep in mind that the current state is an in-between-state for future improvements of GIMP (I’m thinking of the empty window which was introduced first in 2.6).
How do like the current UI of GIMP 2.6? What do you like? What would help in the future?