About gimp tito

Srihari Sriraman edited this page Sep 15, 2013 · 2 revisions


With small (but awesome) additions, this is still The GIMP.

See the demo for an insight into the usage.

Tito is a text input tool developed for the GIMP as a first attempt to add an
intent driven interface that helps to get at the menus faster.


  • You forgot where something appears in the menu,
  • or find it cumbersome to traverse through the menu everytime,
  • or forgot a shortcut,
  • or choose what you want from a bunch of smiliar actions,
    then Tito should help you.

Press [Shift+?] to activate Tito

See the following sections for more information:

[I] Algorithm


What is searched?
1.User-readable texts of Menuitems, Tools, Dockable-dialogs and Plugins:
    Labels(as they appear in the menus)
    Tooltips(small descriptions) of all actions
2. User history [Previously applied actions through Tito]
3. Avoides search in main-menus, popups and context-actions


  1.Labels first
  2.If keyword is two characters,
      then match them with first letters of first and second word in the labels.
      [Ex: 'gb' will list 'Gaussian Blur...']
      When keyword is longer than two characters
      [Tooltips need to be searched because they might contain vital keywords
       that might be absent in the labels. Ex: 'adjust' will list 'Canvas Size...']
  4.User history
      If keyword matches with previously applied actions, it is listed first.
      [Also, the list of previously used actions appears when the down-arrow key is pressed]


  Frequently used actions appear higher in the results list.
  This is great when dealing with frequently used menuitems that don't have shortcuts.
  Over a period of time, this would largely reduce the number of keystrokes.  

[II] UI / UX

Keyword entry

  Occupies minimal space, does not hinder with work-area
  Has the look and feel of a search-bar with editable text area
          -Right top      [Default, and most used location for a search bar]
          -Middle         [For those who can't take their eyes off the canvas]
          -User specific  [Adjust by giving coordinates]
                          [The coordinates are in percentages that are limited by the current width]
          Adjustable from 20% to 60% of screen width_hbox

Results list

  A navigable dropdown-list of runnable actions
  Each result shows:
    - The icon corresponding to the action
    - The Label as in the menus
    - A corresponding shortcut if available
    - A short description (tooltip) if available
  A result, after selection, can be 'applied' by 
    -Hitting return
    -Double click
      Height  [Show more/less results]            

Toggle actions

  Actions like 'Show Grid' or "Single-Window Mode" are displayed with
  appropriate icons that indicate their state


  A preference that would help toggle the visibility of Tito.
  If not set, then Tito would remain over GIMP
  and the user would press [Shift+?] to switch to Tito

Show inert actions

  If set, then the actions that are currently unavailable
  would be shown, but 'greyed-out'. If not set, they would not be shown.

Quick apply

  Hitting return while in the keyword area runs the first result.  

[III] Ideas (not yet implemented)


  Map the dictionary of image editing with the GIMP terminology.
  So, 'scale', 'resize', 'shrink', 'expand' could transform to a single meaning.

Wider search

  Search through the user help/documentation.
  Search based on menu hierarchy.

Highlight keywords in result

Command system

  An epic addition to the GIMP interface that would allow entering commands
  or a sequence of commands to perform complex manipulations.  

[IV] Pitfalls

Menu Path

  Tried and failed in attaining the menu-path, ui-path that corresponds to an action.
  There is apparently no Gtk mechanism to do this.
  The only way to do this would be to parse the entire menu ui XML,
  which would increase the complexity enormously and put limitations on performance.


  To reduce the number of keystrokes to search and apply, we tried different mechanisms
  of 'auto-complete' and settled with the very basics.

Advanced search

  We tried using a search engine to parse through XML databases that contained 
  organized information. We indexed the text and used APIs to invoke the search engine.
  This turned out to be an overkill.

[V] Screenshots

Gimp Tito Screenshot Gimp Tito Screenshot

[VI] What people think

What people think

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