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LinuxNews.com: Graphics Muse Draws Artists to the GIMP BOF at ALS

Oct 24, 2000, 16:41 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bonnie Greene)

[ Thanks to Bonnie Greene for this link. ]

"As the author of The Artist's Guide to the GIMP, Hammel is a recognized authority on using the free PhotoshopTM alternative. The Birds of a Feather (BOF) session he led attracted mainly end users--a relative rarity at this particular show. ... Accompanying Hammel in hosting the session was Ivan Reyes, who runs linuxartist.org and who met Hammel in person for the first time at last year's ALS. ...he's not really a trained systems admin or developer. He's an artist by trade."

"Of the topics discussed, the attendees appeared most interested in learning about the new features in the upcoming GIMP 1.2, which Hammel says makes the latest stable version 1.0 look like "a child's toy. We spent quite a bit of time running over new features in 1.2. The feature that drew the biggest 'Now That's Cool!' response was one that the developers don't really talk about much--the Navigator Preview. This feature allows you to quickly position the Canvas Window on any portion of your image when the image is larger than the Canvas Window," he explains."

"The Navigator Preview is just one of several new GIMP developments coming down the pike with version 1.2, asserts Hammel. "1.2 will be a vast improvement over 1.0, with extensive internal and external changes. Internal changes include an infrastructure that permits much better session management for both GIMP and its plug-ins. Scripting support has been greatly expanded with a full featured Perl-based interface. Brushes can be designed on the fly and include a special brush type known as an 'Image Pipe' (similar to Painter's Image Hoses)."

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