Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Upcoming Krita 2.7: Updated Drag & Drop and Clipboard functionality

Recently we spent some time on polishing the Drag & Drop and Copy & Paste functionality in Krita. It turned out that these simple things are very important for users, since they allow integrate Krita into user's workflow better. It's a pity we were not able to pay much attention to them for some time, so as time passed they became a bit buggy. Now the bugs are gone and I can say for sure that there is no bugs in these systems! (at least bugzilla and me don't know any :)

Here is a short list of capabilities you can use to integrate Krita into your workflow (will be publicly available starting from Krita 2.7 Beta 2):

  1. Clipboard. Now the pasted image always gets centered right. And thank to the patch by our new contributor Sahil Nagpal the Custom Image dialog doesn't go insane when finds something in the Clipboard :)
  2. Drag-and-Drop of Image-objects. You can drop any image (from Gimp or Chromium) to Krita canvas and it will be centered in the image. If you want it to be centered around the mouse position, just press Shift key while dragging. You can also drop an image directly into the Layers docker, which will allow you to choose the position of a newly created layer in the stack.
  3. Drag-and-Drop of a URL. If you drop an image from Firefox (yes, Firefox doesn't wrap images into image objects) or from Dolphin, it will also be added to your image as a layer.
  4. Drag-and-Drop of many images at once. Not many people know about this feature, but Krita will also handle this case =)
  5. And of course, Drag-and-Drop of layers between different instances of Krita app. This feature was a tough one because of some bug in Qt's QTreeView implementation of D&D. It was always generating some spurious MouseMove events which were canceling the incoming drop. But now this finally works.
Enrico Guarnieri's beautiful 
splash screen for Krita 2.7

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