Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 1st Oct 2008 22:28 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces The GIMP Project has released GIMP 2.6.0. Among some UI-based changes and additional fixes, it comes the long promised integration of the GEGL library. The promise of 16 bit per-pixel non-destructive editing goes back to 2002, but it's at last here. This means that GIMP is now ready for prosumer (and in some cases even professional) photographer's usage, and this can only be big news and a big win for the F/OSS movement. GEGL will also help in future releases with proper support of CMYK. UPDATE: I guess things are not as good as the release notes want us to think. GEGL was turned "on" in the Color menu as per instructions, but I still got a no-support message for high depth TIFF pictures. If GIMP can't read existing 16bpp pictures, the feature I earlier gave them so much credit for, is useless.
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RE: What to complain about next?
by Elv13 on Thu 2nd Oct 2008 01:00 UTC in reply to "What to complain about next?"
Elv13
Member since:
2006-06-12

The interface is still a mess (at least the worked on it this time instead of adding feature on top of it). The 3 floating independent windows is a dead end, tiled environement like blender and now inkscape offer a much better experiences. The way menu are organized is also one of my complaint about The Gimp. It is sometime hard to find feature and naming is not always perfect. The color profile handling was also a problem with the past release, RGB and grayscale are good for computer, but not for printing (and the fact the the color mode is not located in the color menu is one of the good example of the deficient menu layout). It is the combination of all these little things that prevent me from using/liking Gimp. I really hope that someone will stand up and do the "moving things around" job someday, yes it will make old user frustrated, but it will attract much more. They should look at how Inkscape do things, the way they deal with feature organization on screen and try to "copy" it. Inkscape had cloned the interface of gimp long time ago (it was called sodipody back then) but they saw that it was deficient and rewritten it.

That's an opinion of course, not fact, it may depend on your taste.

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

The interface is still a mess (at least the worked on it this time instead of adding feature on top of it). The 3 floating independent windows is a dead end, tiled environement like blender and now inkscape offer a much better experiences. The way menu are organized is also one of my complaint about The Gimp. It is sometime hard to find feature and naming is not always perfect.

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That's an opinion of course, not fact, it may depend on your taste.


GIMP's interface is improved, but still a bit of a mess. Krita's GUI interface is OK though, AFAIK. I haven't heard of any complaints about that.

Both of these are of late becoming very capable free software raster image editing programs.

This won't stop complaints coming from everywhere that "there is no decent applications software for desktop Linux". Those complaints will be utterly unfounded and ill-informed ... but that won't stop them coming.

In fact, as these applications, and others like them, get more and more capable, and they move past what is available for Windows at reasonable pricing, then you can assume that the unwarranted dismissing of free software desktop applications such as these two will become ever more shrill, over ever more trivial points.

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