[Scribus] Working with Scribus when Gimp is still open ?

Peter Linnell scribusdocs
Thu Apr 1 21:28:47 CEST 2004

On Thursday 01 April 2004 10:41 am, Joachim Breitner wrote:
> Hi,
> have you considered using fam to detect changes on the file, instead of
> waiting for gimp to finish?

Bad idea IMO:

1. Not all platforms which Scribus will have fam (Win32 ? Mac - natively 

2. Another dependency.

3. Its buggy.

4. Uneeded complexity.

5. A lot of coding time for a marginally convenient feature.

> Joachim
> Am Do, den 01.04.2004 schrieb Jean-Jacques Sarton um 17:40:
> > Hi Sebastian,
> >
> > Sebastian R?der schrieb:
> > > Hello,
> > >
> > > I did some exercises with the latest Scribus CVS to check out the new
> > > features. I like the 1.2 CVS tree very much, but there is one think,
> > > which is not very comfortable in my opinion:
> > >
> > > When I choose "edit picture" from the right mouse button content menue,
> > > Gimp opens the picture (great). But if I change something on it and
> > > save the picture, I can not laod the picture in Scribus again to see
> > > the result until I closed Gimp. In my opinion this behaviour is not
> > > very comfortable and if possible, I`d like to have it changed. It would
> > > be great, if Gimp is only started ones and can remain open, so that for
> > > every new picture just a new window in gimp is opened (as gimp normaly
> > > does) - so I save some time, because gimp doesn`t have to start up
> > > again for every picture.
> >
> > I know the behaviour, this can't be solved in an easy way. Scribus
> > must detect changes and wait until the gimp terminate or the file
> > was modified. If your gimp is allready open it will be nice to call
> > remote-gimp (if installed) instead of gimp and you will have more
> > possibly more pictures oppened within the same gimp session. If you
> > save the file under and other name Scribus will never detect that
> > you wan't to continue the work you habe previously done, this will
> > not be easy because scribus wan't to wait up to the notification
> > of a change or termination of gimp. For the first release of this
> > feature we have not solved all possible problems.
> >

I might add I agree with Jean-Jacques 100%.

The behavior of Scribus mimics ( correctly IMO) those in other DTP apps with 
Image Editing apps.  See PitStop Pro and Photoshop or Illy 10 for an example.

That Scribus is "blocked" until image editing is complete is a good thing. Any 
kind of autosaving behind my back is not a good behavior esp wrt to complex 
files, where I might want to backout changes.

My $.02,

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