The goal of software must be usability. It doesn’t matter how wonderful it is if people cannot use it. It’s all very well to demonstrate ideological purity, but there is no need to bash the user over the head with it.
Cropping is a common, simple task that is unnecessarily difficult to do in RawTherapee.
The expected workflow goes something like this:
press a key to enter “cropping mode”, “C” seems like a good choice.
Crop the image by dragging crop marks.
Press a key to commit the crop, “Enter” maybe.
The new view of the image then becomes the default view of the image.
If I press a key to have my image fill the frame then I want the new crop to fill the frame, not for my image to shrink down if it is only a fraction of the main image. I don’t want to have to press a different, special, key to zoom when the image is cropped. I don’t want the Rule of Thirds guide to stay on my image once I have committed the crop: I do want it to reappear instantly, along with the rest of the image when if I once again enter cropping mode.
Is there any chance we could find a better way to do this in RawTherapee?