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The GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program)

Hey everybody, Shinji here. I was just checking out The GIMP, which is a relatively mature open-source bitmap editor. It’s basically Unix/Linux software, but is available for Windows and the Mac. I’ve checked it out occasionally, but have always found it too difficult to use and install to be really useful. However, it looks like they’ve made some progress; I was just able to get it up and running very easily on Mac OS 10.4 (Tiger).

So here’s the deal. The GIMP is frequently touted by its developers and adherents as a “Photoshop alternative”; which is pretty misleading. It can’t do everything Photoshop does, and I think it’s unconstructive to do a direct, one-to-one, comparison. However, when it comes to retouching, conversion, and simple manipulation of bitmaps (photographs), it’s not too shabby, and I think anyone who has paid thousands of dollars over the years for Photoshop upgrades should check it out.

Has/is anyone already using The GIMP? What do you think?

by Shinji Kuwayama at 2005-07-23 12:06:01 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) Chicago , United States | Bookmark | | Report spam→

A long time ago, 4 years, 2001, only because it was, I believe at the time, o.k. at a publisher place to use as we didn´t need a license to play around with bitmaps of geostat photos and mapping data.  So I´m sure, since then, it has jumped leaps and bounds, but cluncky 4 years ago.  A nice reminder there are alternatives to Adobe, Microsoft, Nikon, etc.

by [former member] | 23 Jul 2005 13:07 | boston, United States | | Report spam→
I’m not sure I understand about the license; the GIMP is distributed under the GNU public license, which means you’re always allowed to use it for any purpose. Here’s an official explanation.

Or are you talking about some use restrictions I don’t know about?

by Shinji Kuwayama | 23 Jul 2005 14:07 | Chicago, United States | | Report spam→
Gimp is distributed freely and you can edit the source code, but if you want to distribute the code, you must provide the source with it. you can find out more about the GNU license and what it means to humanity and www.gnu.org
Basically the gnu license is nothing but a continuation of scientific tradition- programming is knowledge, and thus should be available to all freely.
As far as the gimp, it is a nice graphic manipulator and I have actually created decent enough files with it.
I still have to use photoshop, but for fast image editing you cannot beat the gimp.
My second fave is irvanview.com, which runs photoshop plugins too.
If you want to try out the gimp, make sure you tweak it to look like photoshop if you are used to photoshop.
So try the GIMPSHOP hack, which does feel a lot more like photoshop
gimp is available at gimp.org

by Alex N | 24 Jul 2005 20:07 | New York City, United States | | Report spam→


by teru kuwayama | 26 Jul 2005 00:07 | brooklyn, United States | | Report spam→

Has to be the coolest use of GIMP code I’ve seen.

by John Perkins | 14 Aug 2005 05:08 | london, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Another GimpShop link (includes an interview of programmer Scott Moschella):

A GIMP In Photoshop’s Clothing


by Wayne E. Yang | 04 Jan 2006 06:01 (ed. Jan 4 2006) | | Report spam→
I used GIMP extensively about 2 years ago.  I did have some weird coloration problems with printing which was frustrating and I’m not sure all GIMPs problem. It is very user friendly once set up ;).  I used it on Windoze, and unix variants.  But I finally pulled down an older version on Photoshop just because it is a standard and you know what you’re getting.  I still use it on a couple of machines, but not on my Mac or my sony and not to print from.

It’s like most things, if you just need a powerful image manipulation program, it works.  If you have to make a living off it, you might like support now and then and a place to go for answers.

ALTHOUGH, having said that, I edited, typeset and published a book and magazine with LaTeX, which is better than anything you will ever pay for — in any language…  including Klingon…

Have a nice one.


by Mike Allison | 16 Jan 2006 16:01 | western, United States | | Report spam→

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Shinji Kuwayama, Software Engineer Shinji Kuwayama
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