I assume the way Krita saves and exports projects was inspired from Photoshop (although I’m not sure, it’s been many years I haven’t used PS).
I personally don’t mind or care for that approach. However, I find GIMP’s way of doing it much less risky and more logical : Saving being reserved only to the project file format and exporting being reserved to other formats.
In Krita, I’ve lost my work several times this way :
- I save a work in progress in a flat format like jpeg (e.g. to show my WIP or to import it in some other program for some back-and-forth work) (I know I can use the export button and I think of it more otften, but other less experienced users may not)
- I continue working in Krita
- I’m done for the day, hit Save and close. No popup window warns me of anything, even though I just saved only a flattened image.
Almost an entire day of work can be lost this way, whereas in GIMP, this can’t happen because when you save, you can only save as a GIMP project file.
If the reason Krita behaves this way is to appeal to Photoshop users, I would like to suggest at least either :
showing a popup window to warn me I’m about to save in a different format
- giving an option in the preferences to constrain the Save button to kra files (even though I think it should be the default).
What do you think?