I read a review of GIMP and got excited that there had been a new release, but no, it’s GIMP 2.8 which I have been using for a while.
Users perceptions about GIMP are varied. Just as I find PhotoShop bewildering with its tools, GIMP, too, is a complex application which is very versatile. You can do lots of things with it, despite the perception that it is somehow second rate:
“The reality has changed dramatically over the last couple years. GIMP now has a very competent user interface, as well as an extensive and powerful set of features. Its openly extensible nature means that in some areas, like running well-known image processing algorithms on your photos, it actually outshines Adobe Photoshop.”
It’s more than price and features. You can extend GIMP any way you want and you can examine and modify the source code if you want to know how it works or to get it to do something different. That’s far superior to that other image editor and it avoids the lock-in that Adobe promotes. GIMP has been going since 1997 and it keeps getting better. If there’s something you can’t do with Gimp, someone will fix that sooner or later. In the meantime, there’s no reason you can’t do everything else with GIMP for a lot less cost and with a lot more freedom than Adobe allows. Compare the price/performance of GIMP v PS and it’s infinitely better with GIMP. Adobe will allow you to use your PC for image editing for $20 to $50 per month depending on how much freedom you wish to give up. GIMP gives you freedom for $0. Excellent!