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In this article I want to explain the advantages of graphic software “Pint“, but I let him go willingly to some thoughts that I bet I'm not the only one making. I will try to illustrate the problem (because of a problem is) as simply as possible.

The software “Pint” has just arrived (the 6 July) his version 0.4, a release is still immature when compared to the build number and characteristics of its alternative sia open che closed source. On Wikipedia inglese is written clearly that “Pint, inspired by, arises as alternative Gimp easier”.

La release 2.8 Gimp will be released (according to the estimates developers) only next year, no one knows yet a release date because the precise roadmap is long and bugs and features to be integrated are many. Suffice to be released next year. The new version of Gimp, and fixes several bugs, integrate a new window management (Single Window, already available in preview installing version 2.7), a new level management (with grouped layers), will be eliminated where possible viewing windows and window so obnoxious to those who migrated from Photoshop to Gimp, and other minor additions which will speed up the work of many.

Both are dozens of software developers (Pint counts even 12 according to the English Wikipedia) who devote their free time to bug fixes, all’implementation of the new features, to “development of the program” in it. And do it for free.

Now, established that both programs, more or less, dealing with raster graphics seem really futile develop two programs that more or less do the same things. It is a waste of resources, if the twelve developers Pinta gave a hand to the development team Gimp, in all probability the work would end before, or whatever you would alleviate much of.

Another thing I do not understand is why can not it be possible to create different versions a single software? Divide utilities. To put it “in a nutshell” create three different versions Gimp: “Easy“, “Standard“, “Advanced” limiting characteristics for the first two. The version “Easy” may have little more than what it offers “F-Spot“: automatic correction of’exposure and contrast, balance colors, removal Red Eye and a little more. The version “Standard” would offer some feature in most type management levels, i channels and some filters (extensible) and version “Advanced” offer everything Gimp already offers.

This would be a real market diversification (or users, since the term is not always well seen). I often advise Gimp to some people who barely manages to import the photos on your hard, for a person fasts editing the main functions are the only ones that use. And it is undoubtedly more complex having to remember the names of three programs different, with respect to the names of three versions of a single program.

I hope that the developers of Gimp and Pinta understand that you have things in common, and follow the advice that I give them in this post.


I keep this blog as a hobby by 2009. I am passionate about graphic, technology, software Open Source. Among my articles will be easy to find music, and some personal thoughts, but I prefer the direct line of the blog mainly to technology. For more information contact me.


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