Gimp Magazine has lots of interesting and useful information about what can be done with GIMP but this news blew me away…
“The aforementioned company recently announced that in roughly a three month timeframe they had received one million new subscription clients. In the grand scheme of things this is actually a pretty large revenue, assuming that all clients will remain loyal clients indefinitely. However, in that same approximate timeframe, GIMP absolutely crushed those numbers, with reports of 3.5 million downloads of the latest version ( from the CNET source alone, not including, other sources).”
It’s no secret they are discussing PS v GIMP. Adobe just changed from perpetual licensing to subscription and it is interesting to consider whether hammering users month after month to pay up in good times or bad will alert them to the possibilities of using Free Software ($0 as well as permitting use, examination, modification and distribution). This change also came out just before some really neat improvements are planned for GIMP, making it even more useful.
Don’t give me this garbage about PS being “essential” or “so superior people will pay any price to have it…”. No software is irreplaceable. GIMP is fully configurable, extendable and it’s FLOSS. If there’s something that must be added or changed, it will be. The result? GIMP is converging to be the GoTo software for image-manipulation and Adobe is milking the cow as fast as it can before it dries up.