Thanks, Robert. I'll have to install X11 from the Tiger DVD.

I've already discovered that people are a bit sensitive about Gimpshop. Another Gimp-user poster wrote:

I appreciate your help. Gimpshop is my first foray into the world of Gimp. I'm hoping to use it in place of an aging version of Photoshop, primarily for optimizing images for a website.



On Mar 3, 2006, at 3:28 PM, Robert Citek wrote:

Hello Paul,

Welcome to the Gimp.

On Mar 3, 2006, at 4:36 PM, Paul North wrote:

Attempting to launch GimpShop on the assumption that if some version of X11 was already installed, it should run, produced a "Failed to start X11" message.

Any and all clues gratefully accepted.

As you've discovered, in order to run Gimp (or GimpShop, which is based on Gimp) you first need to have X11 installed. If it is installed it will be in Applications > Utilities > If it is not installed, it should be on the Tiger DVD that you got either with the machine or purchased separately. This is what worked for me:

1) insert Tiger DVD
2) click on Mac OS X Install DVD > Optional Installs.mpkg
3) when you get to Installation Type, click on Applications > X11
3b) While you're there you may also want to install the Gimp printer drivers: Printer Drivers > Gimp Printer Drivers
4) click Upgrade
5) enter your user password (you must be in the Admin group)
6) click Close when you're finished

You should be good to go after that. Let us know if that works for you and what you hope to do with Gimp.

BTW, some folks here are a bit touchy about mentioning Gimpshop. So, if you ask a question, be sure to say Gimp instead. The answers you get will need to be adjusted for the difference in menu structure and key bindings, but otherwise things will work the same.

- Robert
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