Joao S. O. Bueno Calligaris wrote:
On Friday 07 July 2006 12:13 am, Hector Noriega wrote:

This might be a common experience (or a well-known fact) among GIMP
users. I just want to say that I just recovered from De Quervain's
disease after an intensive week using GIMP. I'm not familiar with
the new versions of this software, but mine requires keeping both
my thumb and index finger pressed against the mouse while painting
and retouching pictures. I did this for 4-5 days, 3-4
non-interrupted hours a day. I ended up with a strong pain in my
wrist due to the inflammed tendons at the base of my thumb (De
Quervain's disease). My right hand was practically inoperational
for 2 1/2 months. A corticosteroid injection and a constant routine
of ice and medication saved me from a wrist surgery. I could not
believe a mouse could induce such damage to my hand while using

H. Noriega


as already replied, all known painting software require the mouse button to be pressed while painting. However very few users actually go painting 4-5 hours uninterrupted - of course, if that is a routine task, the first thing is to get an appropriate mouse that will be more anatomical. That should minimize things.

The motive I am writing however is another one: Mr. Noriega, can you think of a better way of handling painting with the input devices found in most computers? (i.e. keyboard and mouse - maybe mic). The GIMP is comunity based, and you can help us build a better software> Even one that gets ahead the commercial counterparts in some respects.

What I ask of you is the following: use your experience and comunity discussion to get to a nice proposal of how the interface could be improved so that such an usage could be more pleasant. Then attach what you get to to a feature request to the gimp (this can be done at

The GIMP is written and maintained by volunteers, so there is no guarantee that whatever you suggest will be veer implemented - but most likely, someone will be interested enough to take it ahead.
And make breaks once in a while. Exercise your wrists and eyes during breaks. Walk a bit. Practice yoga. GIMP as every other software is just a tool. And it can not be held responsible for wrong behaviour.
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