This has been driving me nuts. I’d been using GIMP 2.4.x on my laptop courtesy of Vector Linux. Looked great but every time I went to open a new image after copying a region I was given my default size (800×600) instead of the old automatic sizing of the region for the new image. I thought maybe it had some bug. Then I installed (well, it was installed for me thanks to apt-get dependency issues with other things in my partial system upgrade) GIMP 2.4.4 in Debian. Same bleeping thing!
Here’s the deal. Instead of creating a new image, there are at least two choices that will open a new image to the cut/copy region size:
- Edit – Paste as – New image
- File – Acquire – Paste as new
(In the interest of saving both RAM and disk space on my laptop, I compiled GIMP 1.2.5 which builds against GTK1. There may be a few feature differences between 1.2.5 and 2.4.4, but I’ve been unable to find anything substantial between them. All the little things I use GIMP for are available in the older version. It’s not as pretty, it lacks menus in windows for images. Even using 2.4.4 in Debian I find myself right-clicking for menus anyway, probably out of habit.)