"Subtle things about GIMP show it's not being created by someone
following trends, but rather by a group of people who are
passionate about making GIMP better than the trends. GIMP's image
open dialogue box is a perfect example of this: the navigation is
smooth, and it's really easy to see where you are and where you
need to be. For a Windows user who's frustrated by the Microsoft
trend to make everything as pretty, overloaded, and confusing
(Windows Vista or 7 file navigation, for example), GIMP is a blast
of fresh air.
"If you've never used Photoshop, GIMP is a worthy program for
image editing and manipulation. If you're a Photoshop expert, and
have either become disillusioned with Adobe and/or its habit of
making you hundreds of pounds poorer on a regular basis, GIMP is
still a viable alternative, but it comes at its own price: Forget
everything you've ever known about image editing and learn from
scratch. But with the money you'll save, you can buy a lot of
coffee for those long nights ahead."
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