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ShowMeLinux.com: Discovering Linux (part 3)

Oct 10, 2000, 14:23 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andrew Yates)

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"Broadcasting, webcasting, narrowcasting - you hear far too much about all the 'casting going on these days. Media semantics is the modern urban lingo, and the growing information class works with digital graphics and image media just as a matter of course. But not everyone is a graphic designer. Some people like to mess around with their family photos; other people like to make short videos with their friends; still more work on personal web pages. Especially in younger age groups, more people are more comfortable with basic image manipulation and media production. It's just part of their world."

"The GNU Image Manipulation Project (GIMP) was released in the spring of 1998, it's launched timed to cash in on some of the anticipation building for the release of version 5.0 of Adobe's Photoshop, which came later that year. Up to that point, Linux-based graphics editors had been too 'intense' for your average Mac-learned graphic designer. The GIMP offered a powerful and intuitive Linux-based graphics packaged that rivaled Photoshop - Heck! It looks almost exactly like Photoshop!..."

"The GIMP has turned a lot more heads since 1998, and look for future versions to offer even more of the professional features of commercial graphics editors. For the average user, you used to be stuck with using inferior freeware or bundled software, or else breaking the law to use pirated copies of the good stuff. Those days are over for home graphics if you own a PC with a copy of the GIMP installed on it. Not only that, but the growing web publishing industry has an extremely powerful and no cost tool."

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