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MacGIMP announces GIMP for Mac OS X 10.3 Panther

updated 03:55 am EST, Thu November 20, 2003

GIMP for Panther

, a pre-release of the next major GIMP update, and all its dependencies on Mac OS X 10.3 Panther: "Preliminary builds have been running on Mac OS X for nearly two weeks now and creation of a binary packaged installer for Mac users is in progress. A release is expected to be made available by the end of November. The hope is to roll out documentation for building it for those who enjoy the acquaintance of their compiler."

Version 1.3 of the GIMP is a precursor to the 2.0 release, and represents
an advanced ("very stable") beta at this point, and has a number of major
improvements, according to the company. MacGIMP says there it does not include CMYK conversion, although there is a CMYK plugin available. A major public release of MacGIMP is expected when GIMP 2.0 for Linux ships, while a limited private beta releases will be available to current MacGIMP customers before the end of November.




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    Photoshop killer?

    Cool! This just might be the photoshop killer that we've all been waiting for.

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    Photoshop Killer? Pfft!

    GIMP will never be a Photoshop killer - professional designers don't want to use a product that has half the features of Photoshop, and requires you to stuff around in the command-line compiling. It's sad, and I wish it were different, but it's true.

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    Not by a long shot

    GIMP is great for a 'free' tool, but it's nowhere near Photoshop in terms of features, interface, and basic functionality. Especially interface.

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    :-D

    Bring out the GIMP!

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    Photoshop Killer?

    My a**! Nothing is going to kill Photoshop -- nothing. Why are you waiting for a Photoshop killer anyway? What's wrong with the venerable PS?

    If you are too cheap or too poor to buy it, you can always get your hands on a pirate copy.

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    No reason to buy

    My "preliminary" builds on Panther do not rely on a third party selling me free software!

    My instructions:
    1. You need Apple X11 (install SDK too anyway)
    1a. Install Fink.
    2. Execute the command in your terminal: fink -install system-xfree86
    3. execute the command in your terminal fink -install gimp
    3a. answer any questions in the affirmative
    4. wait
    5. when done, launch X11.
    6. in the X terminal window type /sw/bin/gimp
    7. Use the gimp for free.

    That's all. It's not hard. It doesn't cost money.

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    Could someone with

    a bit of knowledge explain to me why anyone would spend the time to compile a package if the binary already exists for that type of machine?

    I understand that there isn't a binary package yet for this version of GiMP, however I see all the time people running MAKE whenever they could just install the package.

    I just don't get it. Sorry.

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    Re: Photoshop killer?

    Uhm... no. The GIMP people have a lot to learn about user interface design before they can even think about taking on Photoshop. If you need an image editor but can't afford Photoshop, buy Photoshop Elements (it's only $99). If you can't afford that, then consider GIMP.

    That said, if you don't care about a cumbersome interface, by all means, GIMP is for you.

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    Pink Panther

    What a great idea, why didn't I think of that?!

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    no more packaged installs

    no more packaged installers PLEASEEEEEE.

    This is not Windows, let me just drag a folder in and out of my Applications folder.

    That's how MacGIMP should be installable.

    Until then, no thank you.

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