On Saturday 14 April 2007 08:04, Chris Puttick wrote:
> Hi
> Forgive me if I have missed this information, but can someone give an
> estimate for the release of 2.4? We are trying to move to open source
> throughout the organisation, but the graphics team are solidly stuck to
> Adobe Photoshop and Gimp 2.4 seems the most likely candidate to replace it.
> Unless the list thinks that 2.4 would not be a candidate to replace
> Photoshop?
> Thanks for your help.
> Regards
> Chris


There is not nearly enough information in your post to answer that question.  
It depends entirely on the requirements of your graphics team.  For example, 
if they work only with 8 bit/channel images then gimp 2.4 might be a good 
candidate to replace Photoshop.  But if they work with 16 bit/channel images 
then it is not.  But there are lots of other things that need to be 
considered and your note does not have any information on any if these 

I would think that the best thing to do would be to find someone on your 
graphics team who is open minded enough to not get hung up on the differences 
in the UI who will actually evaluate the available functionality and give an 
assessment of what things your shop requires and how close current GIMP 
development is to meeting your needs.  However it might be difficult to find 
someone who will be able to look past the UI differences.  If at that point 
you find that there are features that your graphics team uses and NEEDS that 
are missing from GIMP 2.3.x (and presumably 2.4 since the feature set is 
close to being frozen) then you could follow up with the GIMP developers to 
make sure those things end up in the next version.  You might even consider 
having your organization sponsor (IE. fund) some of that work to ensure that 
the next release meets your needs.

Also keep in mind that there are other open source tools for doing graphics 
work that might also complement GIMP and provide functionality that your 
graphics team needs.  In other words it might not be GIMP that ends up 
replacing Photoshop but GIMP plus some other tools and you need to consider 
your whole graphics work flow to be able to answer the question of how you 
will go about replacing Photoshop with open source software. 

Also on a side note I see on your web site that there is at least one stitched 
mosaic of photos.  If you are not already using open source tools for this 
work might I suggest you try Hugin, enblend and autopano-SIFT.  In fact this 
suite of tools would have done a significantly better job then what I saw on 
your web site for the image next to "HERITAGE" on your Services page.


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