Gimp 2.8 "Save As" is now only for .XCF - WTF?!

Ok, so I recently installed a new drive in my development PC, and as part of the rebuild I downloaded and installed the new Gimp 2.8.  I then tried using it for a simple task - I just needed to resize a photograph.  A dead-easy task in Gimp: just resize it, and choose 'Save As' to give it a new filename... it came up with the .XCF extension - that was a little annoying but no worries - I just changed it to JPG and hit "Save"... only to be confronted with a dialog box telling me I could only use "Save As" to save as the .XCF extension.  WTF!?!?!  Now I have to use the more obscure and awkwardly placed 'Export' option to save as any normal image type.  Why?!  Well apparently its because Gimp is now aimed at graphic artists and this will help them to not save an image and lose all the history etc if they happen to save as a .jpg or some other single-layer image type.  But I opened a single-layer image type, and I added no layers... all I did was resize it.


Dear Gimp developers - please accept my heartfelt slap to your well-meaning but misguided faces.  This is the stupidest idea I have seen since Ubuntu put the minimise / maximise / close buttons in the wrong place - but at least I could fix that one with a simple hack.  If I had been working on a new multi-layer image I could almost understand it - but I was editing a .JPG!  So I wasn't even trying to export to another file format, as the message box suggests... I was just simply modifying a file with a type, and I had no desire or need to change that type.

In the unlikely event you (a Gimp developer) reads this, please put it back the way it was... this serves no useful purpose other than to make my life harder.  I can not think of one good reason for what you have done - may the fleas of a thousand camels infest all of your armpits forever if it remains this way.

Note:  This is not a personal attack on people who give their time to develop open source software for the masses - I appreciate that more than you could know... But it is an attack on the idea that you can take a popular software package and change its target market with a broad sweeping change to the expected behaviour and then expect everyone else to just accept it.  Make it an option - hell, even make it the default option - but give users the right to choose.