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Re: GIMP vs. CS4

I downloaded and installed GIMP last night and it certainly has come a long way since the last time I took a look at it. I'd speculate that one of the reasons Adobe keeps the price points so low for their "academic version" (less than 30% of retail) is to deter further development of open source imaging programs that might compete with their product. Much, if not most, of the software that makes The Internet work was developed by students and academics on college campuses around the world. No doubt, if Photoshop was out of reach, many would turn their attention to developing Open Source alternatives.


Gary W Marklund wrote:
I just opened my GIMP 2.6.2 under Linux and it has layers.

On Saturday 14 March 2009 09:25:35 am Christoph Hammann wrote:
Last time I looked, the Gimp didn't do layers. Most image files I open
in Photoshop get layers and layer masks added to them, so ...
But that omission may have changed, anyone know better?


I hate to be the one who brings this news to the tribe, but the
Internet does one thing. It speeds up the retrieval and dissemination
of information, and only that. All the rest is Digibabble.
Tom Wolfe

Am 14.03.2009 um 10:25 schrieb Barry Kleider <bkleider@sihope.com>:
With all the discussion about CS4 -- has anyone tried Gimp?

GIMP is the open source freebie available for free at


Just curious if anyone has reviewed it and what are the pros and cons.