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CNET News.com: The GIMP 1.2.1 [Review]

Mar 29, 2001, 22:26 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Shawn McKenzie, Todd Volz)

"The GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) was originally conceived in a computer science class as a project to build a pixel-based image editor. After many years of development in the open source community, the GIMP has matured into a remarkably powerful image manipulation program with an extensive set of features rivaling that of Adobe Photoshop. Although it lacks a few key functions, the GIMP's exhaustive library of tools makes it exceptionally well suited for professional digital image production, for the Web or otherwise."

"The GIMP matches Adobe Photoshop tool for tool--though some tools in the GIMP have different names or appear on different menus. The GIMP's interface espouses a modular look that's also similar to its proprietary cousin, using floating windows for tools, options, brushes, and layers. One important difference is that the GIMP doesn't support CMYK output as Photoshop does. The GIMP does, however, provide a powerful scripting language that far exceeds the capabilities of Photoshop's Actions for automating complex tasks and converting batches of images...."

"The GIMP's toolset is as configurable as it is comprehensive. For instance, when using brushes (custom shapes used for drawing tools), you're not restricted to the GIMP's default selection. You can easily add custom brushes of any size or shape to suit your particular needs. In addition, you can extend the functionality of the GIMP, like that of Photoshop, via plug-ins."

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