Sobotka: Why GIMP is inadequate
Posted Jan 12, 2011 19:50 UTC (Wed) by farnz
In reply to: Sobotka: Why GIMP is inadequate
Parent article: Sobotka: Why GIMP is inadequate
I've never claimed to be out of options; for my needs, digiKam is powerful enough - and for the cases where it isn't powerful enough on its own, digiKam to get me a good 8 bpc source, then Gimp to fix the remaining defects (unfortunate spots on people, that tiny bit of light that makes it look like my father in law has a boil on his nose, the spaghetti sauce stain on the tablecloth etc) is an amazing combination, especially given the price. I'm just giving a real example of why 8 bits per channel isn't enough for all amateur uses of computer image editing; given that my needs stray into the high bit depth world from time to time, I can easily understand why a professional would sometimes need high bit depth.
And, of course, extending your final point, if I really, really need Gimp to be the ultimate editing tool for my images, I can do things to help get GEGL fully integrated. Maybe I work on it myself, as I'm a programmer. Maybe I pay someone to get it in there, if I were a rich man. Maybe I make sure that there are bugs for all the limitations in Gimp that affect me, and I follow them and help with testing (including learning enough sysadmin stuff to build versions from git). The joy of Free Software here is that I'm not quite as stuck as I would be with proprietary software.
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