Kent Tong wrote:
Disadvantage of GIMP
- Text tool

It is limited. But there are a few enhancements planned for the next release (ex. letter spacing).
-- Can't display Chinese in the "GIMP Text Editor"
Not true for Japanese, so I'm sure this applies to Chinese. See
-- Can't control indivitual text format in the same Text. (The format applies to
the whole text)
-- Compare to PhotoShop, creating text effect is difficult. Photoshop built in
text effects. GIMP can only use the filter or script-fu to create effect.
True. There are no dynamic text effects.
-- Compare to PhotoShop, text effect will still be apply even the Text is
changed. But you need to do everything again if you text need to be changed.
-- Can't display Chinese font in the font selection list.
Not true for Japanese, so I'm sure this applies to Chinese. See

- Layers control -- Can't display Chinese in the Layer.
Not true for Japanese, so I'm sure this applies to Chinese. See
-- Compare to PhotoShop, managing the layers is not that easy. You can define
layers to groups in Photoshop. You can even target an action to a group. No
group idea in GIMP.
Not sure about this one.

Make sure you're running within a Chinese language environment. Assuming you're running Linux, from the command line type: env|grep LANG

On my system, it outputs:  LANG=ja_JP.UTF-8   (running Japanese in UTF-8)

To list which Chinese languages are available, try:  locale -a|grep ^zh
I get...

I don't know which one you need, but try running the Gimp with something like:
export LANG=zh_CN.utf8 && gimp

Now my Gimp interface looks like this:

I don't know how to input Chinese, so I can't show you any screenshots for that, but I think you're best bet is to pick Chinese as your default language when installing Linux (assuming you're running Linux of course). Not sure how it would work for Windows.

Hope that helps.
Eric P.
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