i have spent a bit of time toying around with a new default panel setup, just because the current one is so truly bad. currently it looks something like this:
as you can see, handles are faded out (now that they actually work perfectly in all situations, something they didn't in previous releases), bookmarks and quickbrowser are replaced in the kmenu and the only app buttons are for file and web browsing ... i haven't gotten to the clock font issue yes, nor can i default certain system tray icons to hiding (since that would require new translated strings) and i can't enlarge the default menu entry size to 32px since that doesn't give enough room vertically even on 1024x768 for everything (even with frequent apps turned down to 3) and our 22 pixel icon coverage is pathetic so many of the icons end up getting scaled which looks like crap.
note to self: make plasma configurations easy to alter and less rigid with "can't"s.
and finally, i think i was just confronted with one of the lamest error dialogs i've seen in a long time whilst dragging a new bookmark to the sidebar in gimp's file dialog:
so not only does it appear to be using an external process (fork/exec'ing?) to change a file permission (?!) but the text select caret won't go away because i highlighted the text one. of course, clicking the Add button works, just not DnD. i'm amazed. it's these types of things that make me detest using the gimp.
update: DnD now works, but i can't remove any bookmarks anymore. *sigh* a feature limited bookmarks sidebar isn't rocket science, people.
second update: i wonder who thought mortal humans might benefit from the text in that error dialog? 'mode', 'waitpid' ... huh()?
so why not use krita, you ask? because it offered it's own entry in the lame error dialog contest today:
if your app fails to do something it ought to be able to, please give some hint as to why. this dialog gives me 0 ability to start trying to fix the problem without getting neck deep in the code.
back to gimp torture it is then. =(
(fwiw, i'm using gimp 2.2 and the latest version of krita from svn. because i'm using a dev version of krita, the png loading problem could be a local issue to my build but without more information in the error msg i really don't know; maybe i should try running it from a konsole and see if any more useful information appears there. not that i should have to, but...)
update: after an svn up and rebuild of koffice, krita opens png files just fine again.. wooooohoooo! =)