One More for The GIMPer

The GIMP, along with Linux and the Apache Web server, remains one of

the top success stories of open source software. The GIMP, short for

the GNU Image Manipulation Program, is quite popular and influential,

which is particularly pleasing as it resides in the same market space

as Adobe Photoshop.

The GIMP ( has long been a premier Linux

application, used by thousands of users and packed with features.

Furthermore, the underlying graphics toolkit used by The GIMP, called

GTK+, forms the basis for the GNOME desktop. In addition to the normal

features supported by the application, The GIMP supports plug-ins,

which allow you to extend the package. Recent plug-ins include the IPX

plug-ins (available at, which

include Edge Detection and Rank-Order Filtering. Despite the IPX name

though, they have nothing to do with Novell NetWare networking.

Recently, The GIMP team put out a bug-fix release and a version for

Windows (

I'm a big fan of The GIMP's scripting ability. Script-Fu's main

advantage lies in the fact that The GIMP comes with a large set of pre-

built scripts. These scripts are especially useful for making Web

graphics, such as a set of bitmaps to use for buttons that all use the

same text style and same colors. For non-artists like myself, just

lining up the text the same way in each button is a pain. The built-in

GIMP scripts automate this chore.

You can download The GIMP from and

you'll find quite a lot of documentation at Just about every Linux distribution

comes with The GIMP as well. So, unless you need the latest features,

you can probably get by with the version you already have.

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