Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 28th Dec 2008 10:43 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces High bit depth support, non-destructive editing (so called "effect layers") and colour management. Three hot topics in photography editing - that users have been waiting for for a long time now to appear in GIMP. Today Linux & Photography blog features an exclusive interview with Martin Nordholts, one of the core contributors to GIMP. Nordholts speaks about the current state of affairs, explains what is going on deep inside the GIMP (and GEGL) and also lifts a corner of the veil about what is to come.
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Love the Gimp.
by leech on Sun 28th Dec 2008 16:42 UTC
leech
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2006-01-10

Granted, I'll say I've never been too fond of Photoshop's layout, but then I've only used it a few times here and there. I really appreciate the way the Gimp is. It doesn't need to be one Window. When you have multiple images opened that you are manipulating, it's great not to need the tools to be duplicated over and over again.

I guess it all depends on how your work flow is.

I personally love the Gimp and believe it to be one of the best open source projects out there. Though some time the development pace is rather slow.

For those that want an interface "just for me", program it in yourself, it is Open Source. When you say "this is the way I want it" then you have the power to make it that way. I'm sure if you don't have the programming skills yourself, you could always pay a developer to do it for you.

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RE: Love the Gimp.
by gtada on Mon 29th Dec 2008 06:59 in reply to "Love the Gimp."
gtada Member since:
2005-10-12

For those that want an interface "just for me", program it in yourself, it is Open Source.

Pfft. This is where the Open Source community needs some serious help. How many people have the programming skills to do this (or the time to learn)? On a project this large? What percentage of Photoshop or GIMP users can do this? Then ask yourself how your smug comment serves to make GIMP a better product for the target audience?

GIMP has some real usability issues. There are some things that only a few people want to see ("just for me" interface), but then there are changes that would benefit a large majority of users (and potential users).

There is an HCI community (human-computer interface) that the Open Source community needs to reach out to. Instead of telling people to "program it in yourself" (unrealistic for the vast majority of the target audience), why don't we discuss how to enlist some HCI help? I'm sure programmers aren't the only people willing to help out.

SIGCHI has chapters worldwide. I'm barking up their tree. I'm learning as much as I can about usability. But it's gonna take some time before I can contribute. How can the Open Source movement bring in usability experts?

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