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On 06/09/2013 12:00 PM, Ken Springer wrote:
On 6/9/13 8:11 AM, Johnny Rosenberg wrote:
The Linux magazine ”Linux Format” compared image editors in their
LXF171 issue. The combatabts were GIMP, Inkscape, Krita, MyPaint and
Pinta. MyPaint won the user interface round, but was worst in a few
categories, such as text support, user interface customisability,
multimedia and animation. ”Winner” was Krita, then Inkscape, Gimp,
MyPaint and Pinta.

To me, this is muddying the waters of what an image editing program is.

Image editing means manipulating a bitmap at the pixel level. Those would be Gimp, Photoshop, etc.

Inkscape is a vector drawing program, such as Corel Draw and any CAD program.

Totally different animals, and to compare them in one test is, to me, wrong if not bogus.

Well, you need both pixel and vector based graphics packages. Yes they are like comparing apples and oranges, but both are needed in your list of graphic editing packages, along with some people needing CAD and Visio/Dia diagramming packages. I also would include a good photo stitching package. I use ICE on Windows [free from Microsoft], but I have not looked into one for Ubuntu.

The problem is finding an easy one to learn and use that has all the need features you might require. Paint Shop Pro 5 was that for me, but it would not install on Win7 Home Premium, which came with my laptop [but will install on Win7 Professional]. Been using PSP5 for something like 10 years. PSP X5 is not as easy to use, since the company wanted to compete with Photoshop since version 8 or 9, so the learning curve started to increase.

We all have our specific needs and ability to deal with the learning curves of the different image/graphics editors. Some are good, some are bad. Some are easy but not many features, but some are feature rich and hard to use.

There was a version of GIMP called GIMPshop that was a "hack" to try and make GIMP easier to use. I think it was a Windows only package though.

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