Re: How do I modify a selection ?
- From: Yugo <nobody@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 14 Jul 2006 19:37:56 -0400
Michael Soibelman wrote:
Is there a reason you can't upgrade to a newer version ??
None other than I use a 2 years old version of Slackware and many softwares need upgrading, with the libraries changes and so on. I decided I'd change all with my next change to Suse or Debian.
older version which you are using is very limited in its' capabilities.
And in a short while version 2.4 will be
released. All the features you want are in there.
You mean you can change size or ratio with only a click of the mouse? That would be a pleasant surprise, but I can't help doubting it will ever happen. We're told so oftent that th enext version will be better! Windows', not necessarily Microsoft's, and Linux's software development follow different routes.
The first version of a Windows software usually offers only very basic features, but they work. Linux's developers OTOH often seem compelled to offer all the paraphernalia of options that are at best awkard to use. Sometimes they don't work at all. All the options seem to appear in haphazard ways, they're repeated, they're in a menu here, but not there and appear in some menus where you don't expect them at all. And when you're tired of searching and you ask, you're told to RTFM when, the doctumentation which, though it comes in thousands and thousands and thousands of pages, rarely answers your questions.
This is a serious problem with Linux's development. I hope distro developpers can orient developers in a more structured kind of development by offering ONLY better thought-out software. From what I read on Kanotix's forum, it seems that The GIMP will be dumped from the next release.
I don't know what will replace it. Maybe KDE's new IMP ? If so, it's certainly far less powerful than The GIMP. But if users can at least reframe a picture for their desktop without headaches, it would certainly be a step in the right direction.
Tough quite powerful, programs like The GIMP give users so many heaches, such a bad experience of Linux software, that they're certainly not a good publicity for Linux. I put more hope in a little program that does its thing cleanly that in a program that has been in developmen tfor years and never succeeded in being but a joke productivity-wise.
Sorry to be harsh, but that's the way I feel. Now, if only I could remember the name of that KDE program... Must be another acronym or "inspired" name that bears no relation to the program's use. When are we going to get out of this nonsense?
P.S. I hope you can get over my earlier response to you. I was in a bad
mood. I apologize. ;-(
No problem. Before you answer this time, try to think if there is not a semblance of common sense in what I write here too. I'm not against Linux because I say some things don't work. Linux's development did start 10 years after Microsoft's, but it started in Unix tracks. It was a huge advantage -- see what Mac has done in so little time of this advnatage! -- that Linux was never able to capitalize on to build a market share. And even though Linux is free software, market share is important, otherwise Microsoft will set the standards -- these days, mainly through buying ISPs -- and all you'll be able to do with your Linux computer is play solitaire in your basement.
As for doing what you want in the older version make your selection. Then
edit -> copy. Then ->edit -> paste as -> new image. In the new image
select ->image -> scale. If you leave the lock icon alone changing one
value (width or height) scale the image while retaining the aspect ratio.
I'm fairly certain the version you're using functioned that way.
No, it won't. Pasting the selection as a new image won't permit to grow the selection. You can scale it, but not grow on what is not there anymore. Anyways, for now, I'll redraw the selection until I find a software that's more concerned about productivity.
Note: I was able once to grow a selection with the shift key and pulling a corner, but only once. Maybe there is a bug or I accidentally did something else that I didn't noticed.
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