Photoshop has been the number One in photo editing for decades. Gimp has always been the alternative
that could never push Photoshop from it's throne, despite being free of charge. However, potentially
Gimp should be able to knock Photoshop of it's throne. But there are three reason is never has.
Those reasons are: "interface", "interface" and "interface". Most people in the industry are used to
the Photoshop interface and those who want to get into the industry need to learn the Photoshop
interface (By this power alone Adobe has always been able to refuse porting Photoshop to the Linux
environment and maintain it's steep pricing).
Than one day in 2006 Gimpshop emerged. Scott Moschella created a Gimp version with Photoshop look
and feel. It blew us all right out off the water. Downloads of Gimpshop really skyrocketed, thus
proving the viability and deer need for a product like this. A product that not only can knock
Photoshop off it's throne, but that could get rid off Photoshop's dominance and arrogance alltogether.
(In the end it would have made Gimp the leading software and thus the leading interface builder for
photo-editing software, making it possible to gradually lead people towards a real Gimp-interface
that would suite us all, and forcing Photoshop to follow the Gimp-interface instead of the other way
It was the turning point of a possible total triumph for the free software movement. Using the
interface of leading propriatory software opened up new horizons for other free software. However,
than some greedy bastard nicked the gimpshop.com url, and used it to make money on Scott's
achievement. This frustrated Scott so much that he stopped updating Gimpshop for later Gimp
releases. A beautiful flower was broken. You would think the Gimp society would have picked up on
this, however it never happened. Million's of people are still waiting for the miracle to happen
again. Will it....
PS: Before we get into a useless discussion on which interface is better (Gimp or Photoshop), I
would like to state that I have no problem whith the Gimp interface what so ever. And I do recognize
the ongoing effort to make it better and better. But there is also is immense need for the OPTION to
change te interface to a Photoshop look and feel. We should recognize this need and use it to our
advantage, instead of ignoring it. If for some (juridicial?) reason it is not possible to integrate
this feature in the official Gimp-version, at least a tool to make it possible should be made
available through the Torrent-network.
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