[LAU] [OT] gimp frustrations

david gnome at hawaii.rr.com
Fri Dec 7 02:15:00 EST 2007

Rob wrote:
> On Friday 07 December 2007 01:47, david wrote:
>> software, or even semi-proprietary apps like Xara for Linux. GIMP
>> is closer to being competitive with the commercial apps, but it is
>> sure is confusing to use!
> Luckily for Gimp, so is Photoshop....

I agree. The Adobe standard UI is one confusing and cluttered lump.

> but since Photoshop has such an 
> enormous user base and no one ships GimpShop with their major Linux 
> distro, I really think Gimp could still use a much more intuitive 
> interface.

It sure could. I consider the UI of the Targa TIPS graphics application 
from 19 years ago just about perfect, and very intuitive. ;-)

> I mean, after I spend a couple weeks setting up my keyboard shortcuts 
> and stuff, I'm a whiz with Gimp 2.2.  Someone using it every day 
> would be much more so.  

I use it everyday, but not for much.

> But you know, I'd still be a whiz after a couple weeks if Gimp had an 
> (optional, because of the ABM crowd) MDI interface, better menu and 
> tool layout, and more intuitive docking of toolboxes and whatnot, and 
> people who use it less often or for the first time wouldn't have as 
> many problems of the sort you've had.  
> User-friendly and newbie-friendly needn't be mutually exclusive; just 
> look at Firefox.

I agree.

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