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Thank you, Newsweek for my new Icon [Oct. 10th, 2008|10:24 am]
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I made this animation with The Gimp which is arguably the best end-user free software there is. At least I'll argue that. Best thing about it: It isn't Photoshop. Photoshop is as bloated, buggy, and confusing as it is possible for for a software application to be. Not to mention, expensive. I used to install cracks of Photoshop on some of my computers, but it brings any normal computer right to its fucking knees, then kicks it in the face. Cracks of commersh softer are buggy too, but if you look around on forums, people who pay nearly $1K for a legit copy, or nearly $400 for an upgrade, are having plenty of problems with the 'legitimate version'

Downsides of Gimp: It isn't Photoshop. You may need to figure out where stuff is at, there isn't a huge aftermarket of swank plugins, etc.

But I guarantee you -- it won't screw up you computer. For as little as I use in-computer text editing, Open Office is pretty OK too. If you aren't a hardcore graphics or word processing hacker, there's just no reason to pay (or bootleg) those two programs.

And I actually bought a copy of Paintshop Pro, which isn't horrible, but no longer bother to install it anywhere.

[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2008-10-10 04:24 pm (UTC)
Ive always used Paint Sop Prod - just got the Photo X2 version,in fact. I call it Photo Shop for Dummies. Does almost evertything the big boy does though.
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[User Picture]From: chaircrusher
2008-10-10 04:37 pm (UTC)
It's really worth downloading The Gimp. It's free, it has a modest footprint (both in terms of hard disk space and spreading tenacles in your OS), and it does some different things than PSP.

I actually had Paint Shop Pro and Photoshop installed at the same time a while back, and it seemed to me that I got better results when tweaking images with Photoshop. For some reason similar processes -- Adjusting Color/Brightness/Contrast, the simple sharpen operation -- turned out grainier with Paint Shop Pro. Maybe I was imagining that.
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From: keph
2008-10-10 05:11 pm (UTC)

GIMP is the number 1 argument for professional software companies and against the free software movement. It is the teh suck to do anything beyond the simplest of re-sizing (and why use that when the built Preview for OSX does all that and more better).

As much as I don't like their prices, Adobe (at least on my platform) is solid and provides real value for my job (not a proper designer but a product manager). As feature bloated as it is, at least it has proper documentation.
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[User Picture]From: optic
2008-10-10 05:17 pm (UTC)
user error?
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[User Picture]From: chaircrusher
2008-10-10 05:26 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: colorless_pixel
2008-10-10 06:36 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: hypnotyza
2008-10-10 07:16 pm (UTC)
started using Gimp when i was at my last job - it came whith the build of FreeBSD that was on our workstations. (that's right...all open-source business).

i thought it was serviceable, but the output wasn't as polished-looking as PS.

i've used the same cracked version of paint shop pro since 1998, and it does 99% of what i need for "edit this quick and get it out there". (see my nifty new icon...PITTSBURGH REPRESENT!) but for any print-quality stuff, it's all photoshop.

and yes, i hate adobe with a passion. they've managed to ruin all of my favorite programs - they bought macromedia and continued the hatchet job on dreamweaver; they bought syntrillium and turned the essentially good Cool Edit into a nightmare...they seem to be operating on the concept that, regardless of its intended purpose, no modern application is complete until it can send email.
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[User Picture]From: bitterwhiteguy
2008-10-11 04:19 am (UTC)
I think your avatar is about to give me seizures.
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[User Picture]From: moog55
2008-10-13 02:53 am (UTC)
you get what you pay for...
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-10-13 03:21 am (UTC)
yeah, and sometimes you pay a lot for software that's frustrating and bloated that installs bullshit system level software that hoses up your computer. I won't name names but the one that comes to mind rhymes with schmicrobloft schmoffice.
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[User Picture]From: moog55
2008-10-13 03:52 am (UTC)
agrd, kent.
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