I have been an avid user of the Gimp for well over a decade now. I started using it in the mid 90’s around version 0.60. I was promoting it to my friends as a great image manipulation tool, and recall laughing at PhotoShop that had only one level of undo at the time.
During that time Gimp evolved fast. I anticipated every next release, and each one seemed to get closer to the functional level of PhotoShop. Somewhere around version 1.2 – at least from my perspective – the only major deficiencies were lack of 16-bit color and CMYK support.
But then the development slowed down. Major releases have been coming out every 1-3 years, but I haven’t noticed much change between them. 16-bit support and CMYK would be supported by GEGL, the do-it-all graphics library of the next-generation Gimp. GEGL’s first release was in 2000, and Gimp has…
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