The free raster graphics editor GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) has celebrated 25 years since its launch. Project creator Peter Mattis announced the first version of the GIMP editor on November 21, 1995. GIMP 0.56 was first released in January 1996.
During the development process, we created our own cross-platform library of interface elements called GTK (GIMP ToolKit). It was later used in the development of a custom GNOME shell. By now, GTK has become a standalone project used by thousands of software developers.
The GIMP itself is well suited for creating different graphics and logos, cropping and scaling photos, editing and combining images using layers, and much more. For a long time, the development of the project was mainly based on the personal preferences of the developers, which is why the editor’s user interface was not very friendly and it was inconvenient to use it. Over the past few years, the developers have done a lot of work to improve the GIMP user interface and added new features to the editor. However, the project continues to be non-commercial, which is why its development is not proceeding as quickly as users would like.
The GIMP is often referred to as the “free version of Photoshop”, but in fact it is not and the developers have repeatedly spoken about it. The fact is that a free graphics editor is significantly inferior in functionality and usability to a commercial product from Adobe. When viewed in terms of Linux or FreeBSD, the GIMP really looks like the most attractive option for interacting with raster graphics.
This week, not only the GIMP celebrated its anniversary – a few days ago, Windows 1.0 turned 35 years old.
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