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Author:  rosenejc [ Sun Apr 23, 2017 10:36 am ]
Post subject:  Error -----GIMP XCF image plug-In could not open image

GIMP Version: 2.8.14
Operating System: Windows
OS Version: win10
GIMP Experience: New User

List any ERROR messages you received:
Opening 'C:\Users\james\Desktop\paint.xcf' failed: GIMP XCF image plug-In could not open image



HI,

I was working on a drawing for a while, and all of a sudden I received this message when trying to open it. I'm pretty frustrated. It's strange because when I go to open recent, it shows a picture of the file. The file is in the same location it always was, nothing has changed. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I deleted the program and re-installed it, that didn't work.
Thank You
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Author:  Rod [ Sun Apr 23, 2017 11:41 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Error -----GIMP XCF image plug-In could not open image

Are you able to drag and drop the xcf work space file onto the canvas and open it that way?

Author:  Blighty II [ Sun Apr 23, 2017 12:51 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Error -----GIMP XCF image plug-In could not open image

Is it just this one xcf file that won't open? Or is the problem with all xcf files?

Author:  rosenejc [ Sun Apr 23, 2017 1:20 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Error -----GIMP XCF image plug-In could not open image

Hi, thanks for the responses. I tried dragging into the workspace and that didn't work. And the problem is only for this xcf file

Author:  Rod [ Sun Apr 23, 2017 1:23 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Error -----GIMP XCF image plug-In could not open image

rosenejc wrote:
Hi, thanks for the responses. I tried dragging into the work space and that didn't work. And the problem is only for this xcf file

Are you sure that your version of GIMP is compatible with that xcf file? Sometimes updating GIMP will not allow you to open earlier versions of xcf's. Have you installed a newer version of GIMP lately?

Author:  rosenejc [ Sun Apr 23, 2017 11:20 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Error -----GIMP XCF image plug-In could not open image

I downloaded gimp and only saved two files. One will open and one will not (all of a sudden). Only afterwards did I delete and re-install gimp. Maybe a different version will open the file for me?

Author:  Blighty II [ Mon Apr 24, 2017 1:19 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Error -----GIMP XCF image plug-In could not open image

What version of Gimp do have now? (Help > About)

Where did you download it from?

My gut feel is that you have a corrupt xcf file (I have never had a corrupt xcf file). Time to restore a backup file. A good way to work: Save as MyProject01.xcf, MyProject02.xcf, etc. Then you have something to fall back to.

Author:  Rod [ Mon Apr 24, 2017 11:48 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Error -----GIMP XCF image plug-In could not open image

rosenejc wrote:
I downloaded gimp and only saved two files. One will open and one will not (all of a sudden). Only afterwards did I delete and re-install gimp. Maybe a different version will open the file for me?

If you created this XCF file with your current GIMP it should open it. Is the file extension named correctly?
Example myfile.xcf and not something strange like myfile.zcf or myfile..xcf?
I've done this before and accidentally hit a key i shouldn't have.

OFF SUBJECT
By the way anytime you have a problem starting or opening GIMP try INSTEAD of un installing remove the rc files in the .gimp-2.8 folder and restart GIMP. This should bring GIMP back to its default state and should start correctly.
Un installing is never usually the answer unless you have a corrupted or interrupted install.

Author:  Wallace [ Mon Apr 24, 2017 11:56 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Error -----GIMP XCF image plug-In could not open image

Rod wrote:

OFF SUBJECT
By the way
anytime you have a problem starting or opening GIMP
try INSTEAD of un installing remove the rc files in the .gimp-2.8 folder and restart GIMP.
This should bring GIMP back to its default state and should start correctly.
Un installing is never usually the answer unless you have a corrupted or interrupted install.

A agree with Rod.
Uninstalling is a last resort action,
after all else fails.

I can't remember the last time I needed to uninstall Gimp,
to effect any kind of change/repair within it's interface,
or launch errors.

Author:  PhotoMaster [ Mon Apr 24, 2017 6:20 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Error -----GIMP XCF image plug-In could not open image

Depending on what your file is, you could try and share it and see if anyone else can open it. I suspect the file saved incompletely. The image shows in Gimp's recent list, because image thumbnails are cached and saved for quick access. If you go into document history and select the refresh button, it rebuilds the previews. Holding shift while selecting the refresh button rebuilds all the previews and holding Control while selecting refresh eliminates orphaned files.

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