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Ingimp's Tools May Improve FOSS Usability

Jul 27, 2007, 06:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)

"Since May, ingimp, a modified version of the GIMP, has collected daily logs on what users do with the program in the hope of improving its usability. The richness of this data is unprecedented, yet improving the GIMP is only a sideshow for the project. What ingimp is really designed to do, according to the project's leader, is develop the software and practices to put free and open source software (FOSS) usability testing on a professional footing "without placing an undue burden on either the developers or users."

"Michael Terry, the assistant professor at the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo in Canada who heads the project, explains that ingimp is working with the GIMP largely because he is familiar with the code base and has been a minor contributor to the GIMP in the past..."

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