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GIMP is a multi-platform photo manipulation tool. GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. The GIMP is suitable for a variety of image manipulation tasks, including photo retouching, image composition, and image construction.

GIMP has many capabilities. It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image more...

What's New

Version 2.8.10p2:
  • The GIMP 2.8.10 package had a nasty bug. The outline of brushes, pencils, the clone tool and others were not visible. Fixed.

Requirements

  • OS X 10.9 or later

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I've said it before, and I'll say it again...

If just half of the people who give Adobe all of their money and know have to pay monthly to upgrade would just donate $10 to the development of The Gimp it could really be a game more...

15 people found this review helpful
Version 2.8.8
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from Djdawson

I tried The GIMP a few years ago and thought it was OK, but just OK, so when I saw a new Mac-native version I figured it was time to try it again. I was prepared for the first launch to be a little slow, but I was not prepared for the entire user more...

3 people found this review helpful
Version 2.8.4
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Liliannaw9135 Member IconReview+1
Liliannaw9135
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mybrushes is better
http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/51383/mybrushes

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Version 2.8.10p2
BadBadger Member IconComment+38
BadBadger
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For larger files, terribly slow screen refresh excludes this program from its professional applications. That's what worked graphic programs 10 years ago, when there was no support for GPU.

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Version 2.8.10p2
OSX-FTW!
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Define "larger files" and what your hardware is.

BadBadger
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Just compare the speed of any moving object on the layer. Between Gimp and such Pixelmator (or Photoshop). The difference is visible right away, because those programs use graphics card support. (in my case ATI Radeon HD). Large file: eg 2500x3500 pix (ie A4 at 300 dpi)

StevensPeter Member IconReview+12
StevensPeter
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I a big fan of Pixelmator and still like it very much.
But the latest versions of GIMP are pretty good. The GUI is much improved and blends more into OSX.
Though the learning curve is a bit steep compared to Pixelmator it is incredible powerful and has much more to offer.

Very powerful free image editing app for sure.

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Version 2.8.10
Cgc Member IconComment+511
Cgc
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WTF? OSX 10.9 or higher?

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Version 2.8.10
Mcr
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Proceed to the following link to find a GIMP 2.8.10 build for OS X 10.6, 10.7 and 10.8.
http://gimp.lisanet.de/Website/Download.html

Disregard the 'Download Older Version' link on this MacUpdate Page as that points to GIMP 2.8.0

It should be noted that there are different compiled versions of GIMP available from different folks. This MacUpdate page points to the lisanet.de site. I prefer the ones at lisanet.de compiled by Simone Karin Lehmann, but there is also a DIFFERENT Mac build of GIMP 2.8.10 available at http://ftp.gimp.org/pub/gimp/v2.8/osx/gimp-2.8.10-dmg-1.dmg by Clayton Walker. If you want to ensure compatibility with pre-10.9, use the builds at lisanet.de.

www.gimp.org has download links to both builders, as well as links for Windows and Unix builds. It can be confusing, all the different builds of GIMP, different versions of GIMP, for different versions of OS X. Stick to lisanet.de as it tends to have the latest version of GIMP, while still maintaining different builds for older versions of OS X.

Thombar Member IconReview+5
Thombar
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How can you complain about a free program that actually works and competes with the big boy, "Photoshop". Would recommend this to any body taking pictures that wants to do "darkroom" work on them. It does have a learning curve but there are some great (free) instructions as well as a couple of paid ones. I'm using a paid one now that I really am learning how to work the software.

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Version 2.8.10
Apeman Member IconReview+44
Apeman
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I've been using GIMP since 1.2 and it is now my go to editor. It is rock solid, it doesn't eat up resources, and teamed up with the various free plugins, it is a powerful tool for photo editing.

Like any other photo editor there is a learning curve. Stick with it and you will be glad you did.

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Version 2.8.10
Jazzyguy Member IconReview+3699
Jazzyguy
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I reiterate the greatness of this app just like OSX-FTW said it is a great app.

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Version 2.8.10
OSX-FTW! Member IconReview+222
OSX-FTW!
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I've said it before, and I'll say it again...

If just half of the people who give Adobe all of their money and know have to pay monthly to upgrade would just donate $10 to the development of The Gimp it could really be a game changer.

I love the Gimp and have for a long time. Now, native on OS X and maturing nicely. This is such a great gift to the Mac community. Thank you, so much!

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Version 2.8.8
MuchMac
+4

Yes, a great gift to the Mac community (and others). Thank you developers!

RavenNevermore
+5

If it did a fraction of what Photoshop does, than maybe. But it doesn't.

But it's not bad either, and has come a long way. For many people it's all you need.

Neutralzone
+5

Sorry, the only reason the GIMP gets the praise it does is people are desperate for an alternative.

Whenever I use the GIMP, I'm simply appalled by how non-Mac-like, and in some cases Mac hostile, the user interface is. It's easy to call the Gimp "Mac-native and maturing" but also easy to find apps that are far better Mac citizens, like Pixelmator or Acorn. Those may not be free, but a small price is probably worth paying if you really want to encourage true Mac user interfaces.

Mcr
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@Neutralzone
The term 'Mac-native' I believe is being used to reflect the fact that older versions of GIMP were ported over and required X11 on the Mac; it isn't necessarily referring to the GUI. With GIMP 2.8.x, the Mac version is built using Cocoa and no longer requires X11.

You are correct, the GUI isn't Mac like at all, but that isn't necessarily a detriment. It depends on your needs. If you work in a mixed environment (Windows, Unix, MAc), the fact that you have a very powerful program that you and your co-workers and clients can use on all platforms that uses the same interface and commands, and doesn't require retraining for each platform, is a HUGE advantage. I can move seamlessly from my Windows 8 PC to my Mac, to my Ubuntu virtual machine, and use GIMP virtually identically without a second thought as to how to use a feature or where it's located in the menu, and exchange files back and forth. Again, it's the same trade off and argument when using things like OpenOffice or Libre

I also like Pixelmator, but it isn't available on Windows, and I can't support two graphics programs and with incompatible native file formats. I'm not an Adobe basher either; it fills a market niche, I don't have an issue with it, but I can't afford licenses for all the folks that need Photoshop, so those that really need it, have licenses, for the rest of us, or occassional use, GIMP works, and the FREE aspect is just gravy.

Umaromc Member IconComment+725
Umaromc
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the lisanet (read; BETTER, NATIVE) build has been updated, 05/15/2013!

Follow link under MU-provided "Related Links"
http://gimp.lisanet.de/Website/Download.html

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Version 2.8.4
Stef_Vandenabele Member IconReview+80
Stef_Vandenabele
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This is by far the best free image editor you can get your hands on.
I still prefer Pixelmator for the nicer GUI but in general both are very good.

For me simple: If you have some cash, buy Pixelmator. Else use this.

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Version 2.8.4
Psychiatry
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If you are using a Mac, then you have the cash. The GUI is all important in Mac software. A dog GUI makes an app frustrating like using Windows.

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Version 2.8.10p2
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Version 2.8.10p2
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Bill_Johnson
Version 2.8.10
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Quiiick
Version 2.8.10
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Version 2.8.10
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Version 2.8.10
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Jun-Kun
Version 2.8.8
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Quiiick
Version 2.8.8
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Apeman
Version 2.8.4
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Version 2.8.4
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Date 05 May 2014
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