Fix "Improved" Saving Functionality in GIMP 2.8

Dmitri Popov

Productivity Sauce

Sep 27, 2012 GMT
Dmitri Popov

GIMP 2.8 is a fine release, no doubt about that. But along with a plethora of improvements, the new version brought several changes that not all GIMP users appreciate. Chief among these changes is the modified save behavior. Previously the Save command saved the file in its original format. In version 2.8 the save feature saves images in GIMP's native XCF format. This means that if you open a PNG file and then hit Ctrl+S (or choose File | Save), GIMP prompts you to save the file in the XCF format. To save the file in its original format, you have to use the File | Overwrite or File | Export commands.

If you find the new behavior annoying, the Save/export clean plugin is for you. To install it, navigate to, press the RAW button, copy the script, and paste it into a new text file. Save the file as in the ~/.gimp-2.8/plug-ins directory, and change the script's permissions using the chmod 755 command. Launch GIMP, and you should see the Save/Export clean entry under the File menu.

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