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April 16, 2005

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Jason we run into the same thing all the time. We started with GIMP as well but recently have found that Adobe Photoshop Elements is a whole lot cheaper and meets their requirements. Everyone thinks they need full-blow Photoshop but they really dont we have found.

I'm a huge Gimp fan. The main things Gimp doesn't have that Photoshop does are:

1. Vectors (well, actually it does)
2. color separation for print media

#1 can mostly be solved by using Inkscape (http://www.inkscape.org). Gimp also has a vector plugin called Gfig.

#2 is irrelavant for web stuff. And if you use a DTP program like Scribus (http://www.scribus.org.uk/) is also irrelevant since it does the color separation for you.

Windows users tend to complain about the Gimp interface but now there is GimpShop (http://plasticbugs.com/index.php?p=241) that looks a lot like Photoshop and runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux.

If even the Gimp is to complicated or overkill (note the comment above about Windows users not like the UI which I agree with), you should check out Paint .NET. It's free and open source also.

http://www.eecs.wsu.edu/paint.net/

Brian - Thanks for the GIMP links.

Mikel - Paint.NET looks really sweet...and can and is, according to their website, easily pushed to clients via GPOs. I'm def going to check this out!

I've been a GIMP fan for a long time... especially since 2.0 came out. Much improved, IMO...

And I just can't beat the price... :)

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