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How do I open multiple images in Gimp? (OSX) - Pnem42 - 11-09-2017

I'm having trouble opening up multiple pictures with Gimp ever since the new High Sierra macOS (10.13.1) update. Whereas in the past, I highlight multiple pictures, right click, click open with > Gimp and all the pictures would open in a single program. I use Gimp version 2.8.14

Now, when I try the same thing, only one picture opens up. Then when I open up each image with Gimp individually, it opens in a new, SEPARATE Gimp program. So there's multiple Gimp icons on my dock. Each image has it's own corresponding toolbar, etc.

This creates much more of a headache for getting work done in Gimp. Any ideas how to fix this?


RE: How do I open multiple images in Gimp? (OSX) - rich2005 - 11-09-2017

welcome to gimp-forum.net

Not a Mac user so no advice from me.

When a question like this pops up on the gimpuser mailing list the advice from the powers-that-be is usually update your version of Gimp to Gimp 2.8.22 see: https://www.gimp.org/downloads/


RE: How do I open multiple images in Gimp? (OSX) - Pnem42 - 11-09-2017

(11-09-2017, 10:00 AM)rich2005 Wrote: welcome to gimp-forum.net

Not a Mac user so no advice from me.

When a question like this pops up on the gimpuser mailing list the advice from the powers-that-be is usually update your version of Gimp to Gimp 2.8.22 see: https://www.gimp.org/downloads/

Thank you for this. I have a lot of patterns saved under my current version of Gimp. Will this in anyway affect those patterns?


RE: How do I open multiple images in Gimp? (OSX) - rich2005 - 11-09-2017

(11-09-2017, 06:03 PM)Pnem42 Wrote: Thank you for this. I have a lot of patterns saved under my current version of Gimp. Will this in anyway affect those patterns?

Again, I am not a Mac user, You should update from Gimp 2.8.14 but it might not make any difference to your particular problem

The sensible action for any OS is back up your resources first.

You can wait a bit and see if there is any advice from Mac users but they are a bit thin on the ground here.


RE: How do I open multiple images in Gimp? (OSX) - Pnem42 - 11-10-2017

Does anyone know if there is a fix to this in the options menu? I've searched but I've had no luck yet.


RE: How do I open multiple images in Gimp? (OSX) - Gabby - 11-10-2017

(11-10-2017, 12:01 AM)Pnem42 Wrote: Does anyone know if there is a fix to this in the options menu? I've searched but I've had no luck yet.
I see that by selecting multiple images and using the Open/With dialogue and selecting Gimp 2.8.14, Gimp opens fine, but no images open that way, however, after Gimp is open, and I then use Open and select multiple images (using the Shift Key) they all open.
I have included a Screen Grab which shows them. Note, I am in Single-window mode here.If it’s Not single-user for you, then each pic will be in it’s own separate window but it’s not multi instances of Gimp for each picture. It may seem that way but it’s only one Gimp.
If it's many Gimps, something is quite wrong.

I’m not sure of your intentions for opening 4 pics at once, but combining them in different ways is a bit tricky, like, start with one and first and increase the canvas size to accommodate a second pic and then copy/paste and position things so they fit, etc,etc, … it could be a tedious affair but, that’s the only way I can think of to do it.

I don’t think there is any option to adjust, which changes the 'Open' dialogue.
That’s just the way these things work.
Hope this helps


RE: How do I open multiple images in Gimp? (OSX) - smaboo - 11-13-2017

Sorry Gabby - i have no idea what you are talking about

Pnem42 - having the exact same problem.  Spent two hours trying to fix - was already using latest GIMP version.  Even tried McGimp as an alternative. Same problem.

It's not a dock problem, it's not a settable Gimp option, it's not something different versions of Gimp will fix.

Basically opening files from the OS in OS X is boned with Gimp as of High Sierra - this is a bug (obviously) that team Gimp will need to look at.


RE: How do I open multiple images in Gimp? (OSX) - rich2005 - 11-13-2017

Please remember that Gimp is developed in Linux by volunteers and then ported to Windows and OSX by a very small group of volunteers. The people that should be looking at any problems are Apple and that is never going to happen. No cost benefit to them.

As a non-OSX user picking bits out the original problem

Quote: Pnem42... Whereas in the past, I highlight multiple pictures, right click, click open with > Gimp and all the pictures would open in a single program....

Which might be a nice convenient way but it is not the only way

Quote: Gabby... however, after Gimp is open, and I then use Open and select multiple images (using the Shift Key) they all open.

Can some OSX user confirm that the Gimp File -> Open -> select multiple (in linux I hold the ctrl key down, OSX is that cmd key?) works?

@smaboo
If you are really keen you can always file a bug report see: https://www.gimp.org/bugs/
but as an example, do not hold your breath: https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=788892


RE: How do I open multiple images in Gimp? (OSX) - Gabby - 11-13-2017

The Shift Key lets you select multiples THAT ARE ADJACENT to each other HOWEVER, the Mac Command Key allows you to select random multiple objects (files/pics) that may be anywhere in the selection window. 

So, yes for Linux, the control key would probably be used the same as Mac-Command key.


RE: How do I open multiple images in Gimp? (OSX) - Ofnuts - 11-13-2017

(11-09-2017, 09:37 AM)Pnem42 Wrote: I'm having trouble opening up multiple pictures with Gimp ever since the new High Sierra macOS (10.13.1) update. Whereas in the past, I highlight multiple pictures, right click, click open with > Gimp and all the pictures would open in a single program. I use Gimp version 2.8.14

Now, when I try the same thing, only one picture opens up. Then when I open up each image with Gimp individually, it opens in a new, SEPARATE Gimp program. So there's multiple Gimp icons on my dock. Each image has it's own corresponding toolbar, etc.

This creates much more of a headache for getting work done in Gimp. Any ideas how to fix this?

What you describe is that something forces a "-n"/"--new-instance" in the Gimp invocation. What is the exact command used in the Gimp application definition?