Where Can I Get GIMP

GIMP is a free program for image editing, designed and developed for the (largely) free Linux operating system. When Microsoft Windows users discovered GIMP, their interest motivated the development of a Windows version that has been available for several years now. The Windows version and additional helpers or plug-ins can be downloaded for free from the following locations.

• GIMP's home page is at http://www.gimp.org. You'll find links to versions available for the Linux/UNIX, Windows, and Mac OS X operating systems as well as many other interesting details.

• You can find GIMP, GTK+, and additional packages for Windows at http://gimp-win.sourceforge.net/stable.html or http://sourceforge.net/ projects/gimp-win/files/.

• A Windows installer for the GIMP animation package GAP for GIMP version 2.6.0 is available at http://www.box.net/shared/e9i2rgyn9t.

• GhostScript and GhostScriptViewer, the programs dealing with PostScript and PDF for Linux and Windows, can be found at http://www. ghostscript.com or http://www.cs.wisc.edu/~ghost/.

• GIMP supports plug-ins written in the Python programming language. For Windows, you must first install Python and the PyGTK+. The installer for Python is available at http://www.python.org/download/ releases/2.5.5 and the installer for the PyGTK+ at http://ftp.gnome.org/ pub/GNOME/binaries/win32/pygtk/2.12. For Windows, you should choose an appropriate PyGTK+ version. The current version 2.6 from November 2008 didn't work with GIMP under Window Vista. Version 2.5.5 works without any problems.

• Additional GIMP plug-ins can be found at http://registry.gimp.org.

• Visit http://gimp-savvy.com/BOOK/index.html or http://www.gimp.org/ books/ for a free GIMP user manual.

A revised version of the GIMP hack called GIMPshop by Scott Moschella has been released. This GIMP variant is especially designed for converts: those desiring to shuck Adobe Photoshop in favor of GIMP. However, it is based on an older version of GIMP. GIMPshop features a GIMP menu structure adapted from Photoshop, so its interface differs from the "original" GIMP.

Information about GIMPshop is available on Scott Moschella's website at http://www.gimpshop.com/download.shtml. To download the program, launch a Google search for "gimpshop". The program is available as an installation file for Windows and Mac OS X. For Linux, it comes in the form of source code to be compiled.

Another GIMP hack that simulates the interface, characteristics, and menu layout of Adobe Photoshop is GimPhoto plus GimPad. For information and downloads, go to http://www.gimphoto.com. This version is based on GIMP 2.4.3. However, it has some built-in plug-ins such as a CMYK color separation and various photo effects, and it offers a multi-document interface (MDI).

Another image editing program derived from GIMP is Cinepaint (previously FilmGIMP). It was developed to edit movie sequences from digital movie productions. Cinepaint supports 8-bit, 16-bit, and 32-bit color channels of deep paint. In contrast to GIMP, Cinepaint can read and write CMYK images. Most interesting for photographers is the fact that the program is able to compute high dynamic range (HDR) images from normal bracketing exposures.

You will find further information on Wikipedia's web page http:// wikipedia.org/wiki/CinePaint as well as Cinepaint's home page, http://www. cinepaint.org. You will find links for the free download of the program for Linux and Mac OS X. A windows version is being developed at the moment but isn't available yet.

At this point, I would like to point out an open-source competitor to GIMP: Krita (Swedish for crayon). It is the bitmap graphics editor software included with the KOffice suite based on the K Desktop Environment (KDE) and is available for Linux. Krita supports the color models RGB (8-bit, 16-bit, and 32-bit), LAB (16-bit), grayscale (8-bit and 16-bit), and CMYK (8-bit and 16bit). The program supports the OpenEXR format (EXR for short) and can be used by photographers for editing HDR images. You can find information on Krita on its own website, http://krita.org, and on KOffice, http://koffice.org/ krita. As part of KOffice, it is available for all three major operating systems.

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