Gimp for Mac

Gimp for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
3.2
out of 80 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.8.14
  • Total Downloads:
    510,421
  • Date Added:
    September 14, 2014
  • File Size:
    97.93MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,852
  • Operating Systems:
    Mac OS X 10.10/10.9

Editors' Review

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Gimp for Mac is a photo editing tool designed to be a free rival to Photoshop. This program has been popular with people running Linux for some time and is now available for Mac.

Pros

Free and powerful: Gimp provides almost as much professional-level photo editing power in a package that is completely free as premium products, which makes it an option that almost everyone should consider.

Similarity to Photoshop: The reality is that Photoshop has been on top of the photo editing world for some time. So if you're an experienced editor you've probably got a fair bit of familiarity with that program. Gimp has a number of familiar tools and interfaces that will be almost immediately clear to anyone who has used Photoshop before, which makes for a simple transition.

Interface flexibility: Gimp allows you to adjust the interface to your liking. If you're used to setting up your digital retouching workspace a certain way, you should be able to mirror that interface fairly closely within this program.

Cons

Automated selection tools: When you're editing large amounts of images, anything that speeds up your workflow is very welcome, such as automatic selection tools. However, these tools did not work exceptionally well in Gimp, and you usually have to resort to manually selecting your areas instead.

Bottom Line

Although it isn't flawless, Gimp is a very powerful photo editing program. If you're looking for a cost-effective solution that will allow you to edit your photos with professional level results, then you should certainly look into Gimp.

 
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User Reviews
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  • 1 stars

    "Non-intuitive and limited"

    January 23, 2014   |   By dwall13

    Version: GIMP 2.8.10

    Pros

    Will show you how much you need photoshop.

    Cons

    Horrible. You can't even move objects without infuriation. Picture editing is a joke, both difficult and poor.

    Summary

    Just horrible

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  • 5 stars

    "Get the RIGHT GIMP VERSION for your OSX version"

    December 02, 2013   |   By rinnie1

    Version: GIMP 2.8.10

    Pros

    If you are familiar with Adobe PhotoShop, JASC Paint Shop, or Corel PhotoPaint, the tools are pretty intuitive. You can do all of the basic and many of the advanced operations from those programs in GIMP. This is far and away a more powerful program than Seashore. Great capabilities for the price (FREE).

    Cons

    Crappy install process = lazy, half-baked installation programming (grumble)... see note in summary.

    When EPS and CMYK are handled better, GIMP will earn the 5th star from me. ;-)

    Summary

    CNET is linking to the latest version of GIMP, which doesn't work with older versions of OSX. (CNET can't do "everything" LOL)
    Go to http://gimp.lisanet.de/Website/Download.html to be sure you get the right version of GIMP for whatever version of OSX you're running.

    NOTE: Once you download the correct DMG and double-click it, it just gets unpacked wherever you saved it. So if you didn't save the DMG to the Applications folder, you'll need to open the folder from wherever you saved it and move the app to the Applications folder.

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  • 2 stars

    "Can download but not install after several attempts"

    November 30, 2013   |   By Lablover2

    Version: GIMP 2.8.8

    Pros

    I can download it okay.

    Cons

    After downloading gimp.dmg and attempting to install it I get a message telling me GIMP has quit
    unexpectedly. I have an iMac that I purchased from an Apple Store in May of this year. It has OS X
    10.8.5.

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  • 2 stars

    "very puzzling"

    November 29, 2013   |   By knnylake

    Version: GIMP 2.8.8

    Pros

    don't know

    Cons

    would not open, tried everthing I knew--shouldn't be that hard to install and open

    Summary

    dragged it to the trash

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  • 5 stars

    "Version 2.8.0 is perfect on OSX 10.6"

    October 24, 2013   |   By ewphillips123

    Version: GIMP 2.8.6p1

    Pros

    Has hints on the fly that Photoshop does not. Complete tools and effects for the desktop professional. Works well in all situations on the mac. Straight forward. Free when they could charge as much as Adobe does.

    Cons

    Little slow to startup because has to launch X11. So what. That means you have to have X11. So what, that is free.

    Summary

    GIMP is a real threat to Photoshop. I am running a MacBook Pro 2.6 Ghz with 4 Gig ram. I tried seashore (0.5.1) and the simple task of rotating an image from horizontal to vertical cut the image off. Ridiculous. I have used Photoshop for over 15 years on and off. Been paid to do numerous print ads. Gimp is a primetime program, at least version 2.8.0 is. Try GIMP for yourself and if it does not work on Mountain Lion, contact Gimp. I am sold on Gimp for my OSX 10.6. Gimp people are responsive to getting it right, so I believe that they will get it right if it really isn't. But try it for yourself before believing any other reviews. What do you have to lose, the money you paid for it? Thanks GIMP for giving me such a great program. PS Adobe disabled my full version Acrobat 5.0, I had purchased it about 8 years ago and Adobe recently forcing me to re-register before I could continue to use it. They disabled something that was resident in my Mac OSX operating system files that had to do with Acrobat 5.0. This happened after I got adobe reader and did an update. The gall of Adobe to do this is like the Gestapo and damaged business I was working on for a client. They cost me more than the value of the program I paid for.
    Tried of Adobe. They have tried to charge monthly for their website creation program a year or two ago. I hope that flopped. Forget Seashore, it does very little. Try GIMP and see what it will do.

    A concerned desktop publisher.

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  • 1 stars

    "Got message "Gimp has Quit Unexpectedly" every time."

    October 20, 2013   |   By Reviewer999

    Version: GIMP 2.8.6p1

    Pros

    Good review.

    Cons

    Doesn't work at all.

    Summary

    Doesn't work on my iMac.

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  • 1 stars

    "Never worked, I'd give it 0 stars if I could."

    September 12, 2013   |   By jmangino

    Version: GIMP 2.8.6p1

    Pros

    None- won't even load.

    Cons

    As soon as you try to open it you get a box that opens saying that 'gimp has quit unexpectedly'. Never even got to open the program.

    Summary

    I've used GIMP for years on my PC's, apparently it's useless on a mac though bc this is the second time I've tried it on an apple computer and both times it's failed to open.

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  • 1 stars

    "Gimp is Jip"

    August 23, 2013   |   By atomicparticle

    Version: GIMP 2.8.6

    Pros

    wouldn't know, never worked

    Cons

    comes with malware. Even though I unchecked every possible add on this thing tries to install, I got it anyway and it seized my browser. Some junk called Conduit. and it STILL installed all this other software I unchecked it not to install. Took me days to remove Conduit and it sometimes keep popping up, finding it in prog files conduit folder.

    Also the program downloaded but froze during install so never got around to trying it.

    Summary

    Get at your own risk

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  • 4 stars

    "Appears to work well with Mountain Lion, March 26/13"

    March 26, 2013   |   By snth

    Version: GIMP 2.8.4

    Pros

    Used it for an hour. Ran pretty good. Gimp finally runs entirely on its own. Nothing else to download. Just start it up and it goes. Free. There is a big gap in the freebies between this app and low-end Seashore or whatever it's called, but Seashore is rather obtuse for a basic editor, so I'd rather put up with the complexity of GIMP, and work my simple way around the complexity for the basic needs.

    Cons

    Can't find many, except when I simply dragged an image file into a 'New' project, it crashed. Maybe you're not supposed to do that, or the image was too big for picture size or something, but I'm not a professional image worker. Once I opened the image from the file selector, it was fine

    Summary

    Good product, no extras needed anymore, Free.

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  • 3 stars

    "It's GIMP, but it's buggy! (Re: Mac version only)"

    February 22, 2013   |   By ScottM74

    Version: GIMP 2.8.2

    Pros

    All the power of GIMP

    Cons

    Numerous bugs, some very minor, while others require GIMP restart

    Summary

    I love GIMP. Absolutely love it. Been using it for more than 10 years. So when they gave me a Mac for work, it was one of the first things I loaded. But this is nothing like the windows experience. Copy/Paste doesn't work right, weirdness with buttons not working until you hover over other buttons, flickering -- Once GIMP refused to exit the paths tool (which I hadn't even selected) until I restarted the program.

    Yes, it's finally on the Mac, but it sure is living up to its name.

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    General
    Publisher Gimp
    Publisher web site http://gimp.org/
    Release Date September 14, 2014
    Date Added September 14, 2014
    Version 2.8.14
    Category
    Category Digital Photo Software
    Subcategory Photo Editors
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.9, Mac OS X 10.10, Macintosh
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 97.93MB
    File Name Gimp-2.8.14-Mavericks-Yosemite.dmg
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 510,421
    Downloads Last Week 1,852
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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