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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by pandronic on Sat 5th May 2012 12:29 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment"
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If the free tool does everything you want, the way you want, but doesn't look the way you want, you'd spend non trivial money on something that did?

Again it's not just about the looks, it's about the interface as a whole.

You could do some of the things you do in Photoshop using Imagemagick from the command line, which is also free. You could also use a flat rock to drive a nail through a plank. Finally you'd probably get the work done, but not before losing some time or maybe even making some compromises (I don't need to drive the nail all the way, it will hold even if it's half way out). Time=money, Quality of your work=money, so by getting the superior tool, in the long run you actually save money.

As for helping the devs, it's not my hobby to contribute to open source projects. If one of them stumbles by and reads my posts, then great, otherwise I don't care that much. If they want my help, raise the money and hire me to rework the UI. I don't want to sound cold hearted, I appreciate the amount of work they put into the project, but coding or designing for free is something that I do only for close friends.

The bottom line is that since they offer their software for the public to use, I think I'm allowed to rant all I want, especially when I feel that people are spreading wrong opinions (like GIMP's UI is any good or that it even remotely competes with Photoshop for professional work).

Edited 2012-05-05 12:42 UTC

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