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Feb 25, 2005, 19:45 (18 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jozsef Mak)

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"A critical point for Adobe developers arrived a few years back during the Web boom period. The company had to choose whether to continue developing Photoshop as an all-in-one graphic tool supporting both publishing and Web development, or create a separate Web graphics editor for Web graphic creation. It chose to spin off ImageReady for Web development and GIF animation and keep Photoshop for desktop publishing. Now the GIMP, the open source answer to Photoshop, faces the same decision.

"Now is the time to consider splitting up the program. Today the GIMP needs a new graphical user interface that is compatible with current standards, while at the same time the open source community needs a separate tool for publishing and Web design..."

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