I would also think that it would be considerably better to have someone realize
that just because the GUI is different, doesn't mean that it lacks in
I personally welcome GIMP's toolset, as well as it's capability. Although I
have an older copy of Photoshop, which I spent about $650-$700 on (about 4
years ago), I find myself using GIMP a lot more than Photoshop.
One of the features that I most thoroughly enjoy is saving of a file. I can
simply save the file, by appending the appropriate filename extension. Then
GIMP handles the rest for me, and prompts me if necessary (example:
<somefilename>.jpg will prompt for what percentage of quality I want, in
addition to optimization, progressive, sub-sampling, saving EXIF data,
thumbnail, and a comment). I don't have to weed through a long list of file
types, although if I want to, that option is also available.
As Bill Lee mentioned, industry standards are merely a figments of some groups
desire to promote their product a decent amount of the time.
FWIW, I'm a primarily C/C++ programmer, and I've been back and forth between
Unix and Windows (college, then the "real world", and now another world).
Gaining the experience working with different platforms and their standards was
critical in realizing I should merely expect certain things when I do a "Save",
or "Save As", and not question the fact that someone thought it would be more
efficient to force me to choose a file type in addition to typing the extension
itself. I'm presently doing things on Unix with C/C++ and TCL/TK.
IMHO, having non-rigid teaching would have benefitted me much earlier in my
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From: Bill Lee <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> Anthony Ettinger wrote:
> > On 12/17/06, norman wrote:
> >> On Sun, 2006-12-17 at 14:23 +0100, Olivier Lecarme wrote:
> >>> Here is my own modest grain of salt in the discussion:
> >> < snip >
> >>> Somebody in this list said that teachers have the duty to teach what is
> >>> an industry standard. My own strong opinion is that one of my duties as
> >>> a university teacher is to try changing the industry standards, if I
> >>> think they are inappropriate. If my students need later to learn using
> >>> Photoshop or Vista, they will be able to learn them quickly and easily,
> >>> and with an acutely critical mind (hopefully). For the present, I prefer
> >>> to teach them Gimp and GNU/Linux, and to teach them not to accept any
> >>> so-called standard without discussion and thought.
> >> Surely, it is most important to teach students the principals involved
> >> in a subject so that, at a later stage, they are better informed when it
> >> comes to choosing in which direction to proceed. It is the
> >> responsibility of Industry, not universities, to provide the training
> >> needed for its employees to do the jobs required of them. The new
> >> graduate should be able to bring fresh ideas to the world of work not
> >> perpetuate the status quo and, thereby, help to ensure that we all
> >> benefit from progress and change. I could go on but this is probably not
> >> the place to do so.
> >> Norman
> > As a career development student I'd have to agree that it's more
> > important to learn general ideas and concepts, vs. the nitty gritty of
> > one particular application/language, unless you want to learn that
> > specific level of detail in an application.
> > My wife teaches Gimp to her Jr. High computer class, about 90 students
> > a quarter...she wasn't teaching any advanced graphic editor at all
> > until I showed her Gimp and how it was just as good if not better than
> > the "industry standard" Photoshop, which is around $600+ for one
> > license (there probably is a "school edition", but you get my point).
> > Her students and school would never be able to afford that (nor should
> > they in my opinion) when there is a competing product that is open
> > source and available to all.
> > Also, the "industry standard" is subjective at best and from my
> > perspective limited simply by choice. Take for excample programming -
> > what would you say is the "industry standard" language? There are so
> > many choices it's impossible to say.
> Not to mention that "industry standard" is a often a function of
> marketing as opposed to technical superiority or codification by some
> sort of standards body. E.g., Windows.
> Bill Lee
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