- The file dialog defaulting to $HOME instead of the currently viewed directory when opening it from places like the KIPI Batch Processing plugin.
- No options for image size or file size in the thumbnails
Well, the file dialog problem doesn't seem to exist in 4.4 (I don't know if it existed in 4.3 or earlier as I don't have an installation to test on) and the image and file sizes are now available in the thumbnail views in trunk, which means that will be part of Gwenview that comes with the KDE Software Compilation v4.5 this summer.
What I found really interesting was how difficult it was to get the use case for why that information was needed in the thumbnail out of the people who wanted that feature. Aurelien wasn't sure why they were needed and I had to do a fair amount of careful reading and picking through comments to figure it out. Here is a formulation of the use case:
"Carla have a folder with several pictures in it that she will be posting to a blog
as part of an article (or to some other resource that puts a constraint on the
size of the image, the file or both). She looks through the folder to see which
images are too large and scales those that are above those limits."
Coming up with use cases isn't hard, but it isn't perfectly simple either. When you a clear use case is provided, sans rant and extraneous "analysis of the bigger picture", work gets done quicker. Not every use case will result in the change hoped for, but it really does increase the odds. Even when a use case is deemed "out of scope" it helps document much clearer what that scope is.