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GIMP for Mac

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The volunteer developers of The GIMP have been working hard to develop a polished, user-friendly, and freely distributed image editor. Although the separated palette windows may disturb those users who are used to more traditional layouts, your comfort level should grow exponentially as you discover how pain-free the program is.

One of the most powerful general-purpose image editors around, the upgrades make the GNU Image Manipulation Program eminently comparable to Photoshop. Older features include channels, layers and masks, filters and effects, tabbed palettes, editable text tools, perspective clone, improved printing, and color operations such as levels. New improvements include GEGL integration for 32-bit color support, dynamic brushes, and more options for the free select tool. It even has regex-based pattern matching for power users.

The application provides professional tools that can stand against the big boys without the hefty price tag. Even the installation process has gotten simpler, with no need to download and install the GTX Runtime Environment separately. Extremely powerful and easy to work with, GIMP is ideal for both amateur and pro photographers, Web designers, or anyone who wants to create and edit professional-quality digital images on a budget.

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  • All versions:

    3.2 stars

    out of 80 votes

    • 5 star: 13
    • 4 star: 34
    • 3 star: 7
    • 2 star: 7
    • 1 star: 19
  • Current version:

    2.8 stars

    out of 6 votes

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

    "Crashes every time I try to launch it."

    November 3, 2009  |   By redgeminipa

    Version: GIMP 2.6.6

    Pros

    If it would actually work, I might list some.

    Cons

    Crashes and almost freezes my Mac.

    Summary

    I'm fairly new to Mac, and this is the first program I've tried that wouldn't even run, let alone nearly crash my computer. It would be nice to find a program like this without spending tons of cash for PhotoShop. Unfortunately for me, this it totally useless. I guess I'll have to stick with iPhoto for now. I'll be removing this as soon as I'm done here. I haven't even had any iPhone apps that are this bad!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Works well, but the user interface is difficult."

    June 14, 2009  |   By pcollins1

    Version: GIMP 2.6.6

    Pros

    It does all it needs to do for users such as I. It's quick, fast, and effective. It has a number pre-sets that enable the user to manipulate images without a lot of work.

    Cons

    The user interface is not intuitive and not easy to decipher. Adding text to an image seems to be unnecessarily difficult.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "nice for a freeware"

    April 21, 2009  |   By Janmillan

    Version: GIMP 2.6.6

    Pros

    it has basic tools

    Cons

    x11

    its sort of confusing ant first.

    they tried to copy photoshop to much

    Summary

    i download it because i got a new macbook yesterday and needed to edit a few photos. would not rely on it tho obviously its a free program but it has the basics of photoshop


    if u already have photoshop u don't need to download this. otherwise its a pretty complete DIY program

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Strong set of tools, tricky user interface."

    April 6, 2009  |   By ksacherman

    Version: GIMP 2.6.6

    Pros

    -Lots of tools
    -Customizable
    -Support Community
    -Tons of options (export formats etc.)
    -FREE

    Cons

    -Key based shortcuts don't work on my mac in X11 (maybe it's just me)
    -Interface has a steep learning curve
    -Occasional crashes/freezes

    Summary

    If you can spend an hour or two learning the basics of the user interface, this product is a good substitute for the pricier alternatives, at least for a casual user such as myself (school projects, etc.)

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Wonderfully free!"

    April 3, 2009  |   By scifiend

    Version: GIMP 2.6.6

    Pros

    Free! It works well on mac or windows

    Cons

    I wish it didn't need x11

    Summary

    I purchased Photoshop recently for pretty cheap but I'm feeling buyer's remorse especially considering that aside from the 3-d editing and the automate features I can do pretty much all I want to do using Gimp and a few other free programs. I really like Gimp. and have used various incarnations over the last two years.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Failed to work..."

    March 30, 2009  |   By rickp315

    Version: GIMP 2.6.6

    Pros

    There are no pros.

    Cons

    After a lengthy download, and installing, the program did not work.

    Summary

    Don't bother.

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