Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 25th Nov 2009 17:57 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu At the Ubuntu Developer Summit, which took place last week, it was announced that the next release of the Ubuntu Linux distribution, version 10.04, will no longer carry the GIMP in its default installation. This actually touches upon somethin I've been wanting to talk about, a problem that plagues both Linux and Mac OS X: Paint.NET is Windows-only.
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RE: Agree 100%
by mrstep on Thu 26th Nov 2009 14:37 UTC in reply to "Agree 100%"
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Years ago I posted on Linux forums saying that I was looking for a really simple image editor. As I put it, "I am looking for the nano of image editors, not the Emacs or Vim of image editors."

My needs are basic: just crop an image, resize it, maybe mess with the colors a bit, or take the resolution down a few notches so it will fit on a webpage without taking forever to download. GIMP can do all that, but wow is it complicated.

I'm surprised nobody has come up with such a simple program.

I understand you're saying Linux, but on the OS X side Preview will take care of all of that and can handle 16-bit per channel color depth (at least I've seen that with png format). You can also add annotations (text, shapes), but you can't actually add layers / adjustment layers / paint with various brushes / etc.

If Pixelmator supported non-destructive adjustment operations and some of the style options that PS has, I'd use it in a heartbeat since the interface seems so much nicer than PS. Not being able to adjust the exposure/style of a layer without it being permanent is too big of a constraint for me, but then again I'm using CS4 as a result so maybe I'm not the target audience.

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