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GIMP Portable

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GIMP Portable provides users with several tools for touching up and altering photos. Users who are able to overcome its hectic and disjointed layout will discover a serviceable, though uninspiring, program.

Users will be immediately confused and frustrated by this program's interface. Where most photo retouching programs have all the tools on one screen, this program opens three separate screens: one for the photo and two for toolboxes. Fortunately, once users organize the boxes to their liking, they will find a generous amount of flexibility with the tools. Users who remain confused can leaf through the online Help manual for further instruction. Creating an image and editing an existing one proves to be very similar to other programs. Users need only to select a specific tool and apply it to the picture, much like Microsoft Paint and Photoshop. We were not overwhelmed with the quality of the results, but felt that with enough practice users could produce excellent work.

The program is ripe with added features, including filters, layers, and a huge color wheel. While the features complemented the tools well, they were nothing users would not see on similar programs. Combining a confusing interface with merely average functionality leaves us thinking users should only download this freeware if they absolutely do not want to pay for something else.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.8 stars

    out of 23 votes

    • 5 star: 11
    • 4 star: 4
    • 3 star: 4
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 4
  • Current version:

    3.2 stars

    out of 4 votes

    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 1
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  • 4.0 stars

    "Simply good"

    December 17, 2013  |   By Raoul_Soibelmann

    Version: GIMP Portable 2.6.11 Rev 3

    Pros

    Simple but puts the big names of Photoshop in the corner.
    Very simple to use.

    Cons

    A few common features are missing, like corners.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "DOESN'T EVEN START-UP"

    October 18, 2012  |   By Lucien_Sabre

    Version: GIMP Portable 2.6.11 Rev 3

    Pros

    Same as normal version = none.

    Cons

    I could see none, since the program froze on start-up splash.

    Summary

    GIMP is the same for normal and portable version: UTTER CRAP.
    Just like when I tried to install the normal version, once installed the program won't start: the start-up splash freezes up and the software has to be closed via Windows Task Manager. You can try several times to start-up, you can even delete and re-install it; nothing changes.
    I first saw this error on GIMP version 2.6, but now version 2.8 has been released...how come did they not see this?!?

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Like a free version of Photoshop"

    June 15, 2011  |   By sanity93

    Version: GIMP Portable 2.6.11 Rev 3

    Pros

    *Free
    *Take It with you, no install required
    *Photo Retouching
    *Transparencies
    *Layers
    *Adjustment Layers
    *Layer Operations (Overlay, screen, multiply, many many more)
    *Brushes, Pens, Lines, Curves
    *History Pane with History
    *Batch Resize, Watermarks

    Cons

    *Unsuitable for someone who is not capable of learning a new feature rich application.

    Summary

    I really cannot say anything bad about this application. You can replace the layouts to actually mimic Photoshop, google "GIMP Photoshop Layout for GIMP Portable".

    I also like the fact that you can go File -> Create -> Logos -> Starscape type a bit of text and job done! Well maybe depending on what the job is for, but the point is that for a novice user, it doesn't get any simpler than File -> Create -> Logos. the script engine allows you to take this concept to the extreme and build your entire web theme / application theme portfolio of images algorithmically in Script-Fu.

    The built in tools and filters for GIMP are extremely flexible, offering much the same flexibility found in Photoshop. I have used GIMP for many projects, eg. Creating an iPhone App style icon. I have always recommended it to co-workers and friends. It may take a little time to get use to, but so does Photoshop .. and for free you cannot go wrong!

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Well featured portable image editor."

    February 3, 2011  |   By cd527phd

    Version: GIMP Portable 2.6.11 Rev 3

    Pros

    Wide variety of plugins available. Portable version integrates easily with the PortableApps.com control panel.

    Cons

    Very slow to load on a slow machine or one with less than a gigabyte of RAM available. Confusing conglomeration of tool bars for the newcomer.

    Summary

    Since I am not a regular at using any graphics programs I was looking for something portable and easy to use. It is portable enough, but can be a bit confusing to use. Searching through the help files provides some relief, but the help files also mention or show earlier iterations of the GIMP so a user is not confident they are getting the correct answer desired.

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