"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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