Wither the GIMP, open dialogs and printing
Don't get me wrong, I think the GIMP is a wonderful application. I just wonder about some things, most notably the following two:
Exhibit A:Gimp (now Guten) print
Why does this exist? Would the info here not be better merged into CUPS to avoid messes like this?
So I decided to view the gimp-print website to see if something was being done about this. It was last updated in 2004, and the Guten print website is a 404. Then I looked in the blogs of the developers, both on advogato. One has not been updated since 2003, the other has no entries and his debian page is a 404.
Exhibit B: Non-standard open dialog
Both the GIMP and Inkscape use a custom open dialog, with a preview. Now it looks ever so close to the default GTK+ one, but is in fact not. This became glaringly obivious when my coworker tried to view an sftp folder in the GIMP's open dialog. For the record, it shows up fine in the stock GTK+ one.
Gimp/guten/I-need-a-new-release-now-print should die. Dead. Kaput. Gone. I am sure it was great in its day, but nobody drives Model A's anymore, even though they were great cars for their day.
The Inkscape, GIMP, and GTK+ people need to make the preview simply an option to the standard dialog, or some such. It is embarrasing that it does not exist.