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NewsForge: Documenting the GIMP's File Format Resolves Technical and Political Issues

Aug 07, 2006, 18:00 (2 Talkback[s])
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"The GIMP finally has a documented file specification. The free image editor has long been criticized over the fact that its native image format XCF was not publicly documented. Recently the issue came to a head, sparked unintentionally by discussions over the proposed OpenRaster graphics interchange format. Once the argument cooled off, however, an independent developer decided to tackle the problem head on--to the benefit of all.

"The gist of the debate was this: some outside of the GIMP project felt that XCF was being intentionally kept closed, and that perhaps the project's members were attempting to lock out outside developers. GIMP project developers insisted that this was not true; XCF was documented in the source code, and there were several other projects that supported it..."

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