Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 3rd May 2012 22:36 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces It's here: the GIMP 2.8. Its biggest feature is something that many, many people have been requesting for as long as I can remember: single-window mode. No longer do you have to fiddle with a gazillion palette and dialog windows (unless you choose to do so, of course). Great work by the team.
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RE: Comment by Sodki
by burnttoys on Fri 4th May 2012 06:14 UTC in reply to "Comment by Sodki"
burnttoys
Member since:
2008-12-20

The comparison is not that simple.

I run Pixelmator on my Mac and, when I have to, GIMP under Ubuntu. I confess I haven't touched PotatoShop in years as PM is MASSES cheaper!

The biggest issue with GIMP _IS_ that all of those windows, at least on my 11.04 version of Ubuntu, is a separate entry in the task bar/dock. Each has to be tabbed through. It is VERY annoying and adds enormous, unwarranted, clutter to the screen.

Also, weirdly, each GIMP editor window seems to have a complete application menu system which, for no really explainable reason, I find utterly confusing.

On my Mac all the Pixelmator windows are controlled through a single application "Dock" icon. It is a much cleaner system.

The single menu bar of the Mac also removes confusion (The number of times I have to think about how to close GIMP and exactly which close button I need to click is testament to the fact it "doesn't work").

Lastly, they REALLY need to change the name. If you worked in the public sector (schools for example) you'd baulk at installing software on school computers going by the name of "GIMP"... Why? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gimp_suit

Yup, it's a memorable name... but probably for the wrong reasons.

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RE[2]: Comment by Sodki
by dylansmrjones on Fri 4th May 2012 09:29 in reply to "RE: Comment by Sodki"
dylansmrjones Member since:
2005-10-02

Yup, it's a memorable name... but probably for the wrong reasons.


In Danish, the name is a noun meaning: "conceited woman who represents herself in an annoying (and harsh) way". Basically "Bitch!".

But what's in a name, anyway? ;)

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RE[2]: Comment by Sodki
by geertjan on Fri 4th May 2012 09:51 in reply to "RE: Comment by Sodki"
geertjan Member since:
2010-10-29

The biggest issue with GIMP _IS_ that all of those windows, at least on my 11.04 version of Ubuntu, is a separate entry in the task bar/dock. Each has to be tabbed through. It is VERY annoying and adds enormous, unwarranted, clutter to the screen.


Wasn't that already changed a long time ago? You still have this behavior on Ubuntu 11.04? Maybe it's an option you have enabled, by default GIMP uses only one taskbar entry.

The multiple taskbar entries you talk about always were my biggest problem with GIMP too. So I've been fine with GIMP since they changed that. Still, I look forward to the Single Window mode as well.

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RE[2]: Comment by Sodki
by rft183 on Fri 4th May 2012 12:49 in reply to "RE: Comment by Sodki"
rft183 Member since:
2005-08-11

I'd never heard of a gimp suit. I've always heard a handicapped (crippled) person called a Gimp. Who wants to use crippled software?

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RE[3]: Comment by Sodki
by Morgan on Fri 4th May 2012 22:40 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Sodki"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

Not sure why you are being modded down, you make a valid point and I don't detect any intended slight against handicapped people in your tone*. I've always thought twice about recommending it for Windows users because of the name (for the sexual connotation), instead referring them to Paint.net or Paint Shop Pro if they are willing to spend a little money.

For examples of gimps in the sexually deviant vein, you might want to watch Pulp Fiction (warning, highly graphic movie) or The People Under The Stairs.



*Then again, this is the Internet, full of misinterpretations, trolls and generally insensitive people.

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RE[2]: Comment by Sodki
by robertson on Sat 5th May 2012 00:02 in reply to "RE: Comment by Sodki"
robertson Member since:
2010-04-30

That wikipedia link is NSFW. Thanks.

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