Just FYI, even though Photoshop may generally handle large file sizes well,
it fails completely with images that are larger than 32K pixels in any
dimension.  That's a complete washout for my images, which are very long,
often well over 100K pixels in length.

On the other hand, the GIMP will handle such large image dimensions, as long
as you don't run into something like the 2GB image cache file size limit
under Windoze.  Unfortunately, I do presently run into that limit with my
largest images.  Supposedly that limitation will be addressed in the next
GIMP version (currently in development).  Unfortunately that doesn't do me
any good right now, since I'm not enough of an expert and haven't yet been
enough of a glutton for punishment to attempt porting the new version to
Windblows.  I'm trying a few other things instead (e.g. ImageMagick) and
hoping that maybe Tor or someone else will complete the port by the time I
confirm that other applications can't get the job done either...


----- Original Message -----
From: "Fred Bazolo" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
To: "Gimp User" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Sent: Wednesday, January 08, 2003 9:36 PM
Subject: [Gimp-user] image size

from sam ende, Thu, 9 Jan 2003 01:42:19 +0000:

"it seems is a problem with gimp.
large  images slow down my machine quite a bit, somtimes to the point of
impractabilty, but they are sizes not so untypical of people who need to
prints of their graphics.
now i'm hesitant to recommend gimp to people who i know tend to need print
quality grapics/pictures, but then perhaps proffesssional graphic artist use
larger/better machines ?"

When my file gets to be about 100 megs in size, it is hard to get any work
done. Files up to 25 megs or even 30 megs do fine, without a lot of waiting
around for things to stabilize. Depends on your system I suppose.

What I have is an Athlon 1200 Mhz Tbird, 768 megs of ram, about 15 gigs of
space to play with. Not real slow but hardly extraordinary.

I've never used a complete version of Photoshop. I stopped using proprietary
software two or three years ago. Used to use Corel Draw, and can remember
years ago when a five meg graphic would take an hour to display, and I was
ecstatic! Ha! Things keep getting better.

I have read that with the larger files Photoshop does seem to have an
advantage. That, along with the CYMK thing, are what seem to keep it alive.

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