GIMP
GIMP 2.8.10
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The primary download link for this listing is the native build. The X11 build is still available from the secondary download link.

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 renderer, an image
What's New
Version 2.8.10:
  • Maintenance release
  • Some small fixes, no new features
Requirements
  • Intel, 64-bit processor
  • OS X 10.9 or later





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Cgc commented on 02 Feb 2014
WTF? OSX 10.9 or higher?
[Version 2.8.10]

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Mcr replied on 12 Feb 2014
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.
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Thombar reviewed on 15 Dec 2013
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.
[Version 2.8.10]


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Apeman reviewed on 02 Dec 2013
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.
[Version 2.8.10]


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Jazzyguy reviewed on 01 Dec 2013
I reiterate the greatness of this app just like OSX-FTW said it is a great app.
[Version 2.8.10]


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OSX-FTW! reviewed on 22 Nov 2013
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!
[Version 2.8.8]

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MuchMac replied on 22 Nov 2013
Yes, a great gift to the Mac community (and others). Thank you developers!
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RavenNevermore replied on 23 Nov 2013
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.
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Neutralzone replied on 30 Nov 2013
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.
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Mcr replied on 12 Feb 2014
@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.
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Umaromc commented on 01 Jun 2013
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
[Version 2.8.4]


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Stef_Vandenabele reviewed on 09 May 2013
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.
[Version 2.8.4]

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Psychiatry replied on 01 Dec 2013
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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Steepleton commented on 09 May 2013
this an extremely powerful photoshop alternative that has never gotten the respect it was due. with photoshop moving to a rental only model, perhaps it's time has arrived
[Version 2.8.4]


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Stephen_Fry reviewed on 31 Mar 2013
I like GIMP. Its the poor mans Photoshop.
Incredible powerful and has a similar workflow compared to PS.

But still, I kinda hate the GUI. Maybe because it is a crossplatform application this is inevitable but for me it isn't working nice.
Also, on my iMac and MBP, it crashes sometimes when using layers/filters. Seems to be random and hard to see why it is happening.

Anyhow, Pixelmator has less features but just works nicer and has a real OS X look. Its not free but cheap enough to try out imo.

I recommend trying out both and see what works for you.
[Version 2.8.4]


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Apeman commented on 23 Mar 2013
This version brings G'MIC back, but seems to puke on iPhoto. If you want to use GIMP as the default editor, you have to remember to close GIMP first.

It also resets the monitor. I'd wait for a bug fix before DL'ing. The app. I've contacted the developer about the issues, though I forgot to mention the resetting of the monitor.

I've been using GiMP since 1.2, and except for a stint with PS7, GiMP has been my editor of choice.
[Version 2.8.4]

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bbw7 replied on 17 May 2013
How about providing the version number that you're referring to, which has some bugs, in order to make your comment useful?
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Apeman replied on 27 Jun 2013
Oops Sorry. It was the first build of 2.8.4. The update to 2.8.4 p2 fixed the problems.
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drzoom had trouble on 05 Jan 2009
doen't work in my MacBook with 10.5.6 !!!!!!!!!!!!!
[Version 2.6.4]

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anitaraj replied on 05 Jan 2009
Found out that you need to install latest X11 update - 2.3.2.1,
availabe here:


Gimp works well after updating this.

Best.
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daycare had trouble on 03 Jan 2009
doesn't run under a standard 10.5.6 installation. Maybe its' a problem with the current version of Apple's X-Windows version - but I don't care. If it won't run under my standard installation, I will not use it (got some other X11-app's here that work fine)

Would be so cool if there would be a version of gimp that just behaves like a 'normal' OSX application :-(
[Version 2.6.4]

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Umaromc commented on 03 Jan 2009
Check out the website for more info... apparently it requires a version of X11 that's NEWER than Apple's supplied X11.
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daycare replied on 03 Jan 2009
Yes, the ReadMe mentions this too - but since I NEED X11 for some communication tools for my work, I just don't like to touch that installation :-(
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neonblue2 replied on 03 Jan 2009
XQuartz is a lot better than the broken mess that shipped with Leopard. Try it out and if you don't like it then just reapply the latest Mac OS X update. Technically Apple have been updating X11 allow with the system, it's just that they don't keep up with every release.

Now if you want a native Gimp, have you checked the link under "Related Links"?
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nadamac had trouble on 13 Oct 2008
Doesn't open if the parent folder path contains spaces. And the modification date of the application is 17. Jan 2006.
But no need for X11 anymore!
[Version 2.6]


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Jedik had trouble on 14 Mar 2008
Actually the download is an experimental native build (no X11) for Intel only! Hoooray!
But it seems that it does not work on Leopard 10.5.2:
- first launch: crash
- second launch: does nothing, no windows, no nothing, just the app icon on the Dock.
[Version 2.4.5r1]

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Jedik commented on 14 Mar 2008
Just got it to work. Wait for a while after you get it running, and you should see the start-up panel. If it does not work, make sure you have your OS setting to U.S. in the International System Preferences: Language, Formats and Input Menu. It seems that's what fixed it for me here.
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apeman had trouble on 16 Dec 2007
There was an update to X11 I needed. When I installed it, the crashing stopped.
[Version 2.4rc3]


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apeman had trouble on 20 Nov 2007
When trying to use the paint, or any brush, Gimp.app dies. Can use filters, resize, and other like menu items, its trying to add text or freehand that causes the crash.

Intel Mac Mini OSX 10.5.1

Glad you added a fade filter function.
[Version 2.4rc3]

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neonblue2 commented on 16 Dec 2007
Try the latest Gimp from Wilber loves Apple.

http://wilber-loves-apple.org/
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Christoph Vogelbusch had trouble on 25 Oct 2007
I have a problem running Gimp since my Mac OS X is running in German. There are only a few filers available.
When I switch my Mac language to english, I suddenly have a context menu with way more filters.

Is there a way to force Gimp.app always to run in english?

Also I read a while ago that a GTK port that works without X11 is almost done, will that be used for future versions of Gimp.app?
[Version 2.4rc3]


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Zeroin had trouble on 30 Sep 2007
I installed replacing the old one but it won't run. Suggestions?
[Version 2.4rc3]

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voisine commented on 30 Sep 2007
rc3 is intel only for the moment. are you using an intel mac? if so, open /Applications/Utils/Console, try to start GIMP and tell me what errors you see
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Zeroin commented on 01 Oct 2007
I should have read the fine print, I am on a PowerPC. Thank you for the clarification.
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Jcrit had trouble on 09 Apr 2004
Pardon my dumminess, but when I open Gimp, only its name shows up in the menu bar. X11 is here, 10.3.3 plus latest updates. I suffer from failure to see the most obvious. Help anyone?
[Version 2.0.0-2]

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Anonymous commented on 09 Apr 2004
Launch Gimp, it will launch X11 then check X11, Gimp is running under X11. The slightest bit of checking on your part would've revealed this. Requires no geek factor whatsoever.
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Anonymous commented on 10 Apr 2004
Fool that I am I can admit, but I'm not stupid, and I know what I see with my eyes. Nothing happens except for the Name in the menu bar. X11 launches, raises Gimp, and then nothing happens. I think it was Gandhi who said, "Throw darts at a dart board, not at each other."
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asmeurer replied on 10 Apr 2004
or use activity moniter

Bill_Johnson rated on 17 Mar 2014

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Quiiick rated on 14 Jan 2014

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Rasputinsrevengereloadet rated on 18 Dec 2013

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LeonBe;mont2070 rated on 30 Nov 2013

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Jun-Kun rated on 23 Nov 2013

[Version 2.8.8]



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Quiiick rated on 23 Nov 2013

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SpiessensMark rated on 23 Nov 2013

[Version 2.8.8]



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MaxWilders rated on 24 Oct 2013

[Version 2.8.4]



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Morgan_Alex rated on 14 Oct 2013

[Version 2.8.4]



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Apeman rated on 27 Jun 2013

[Version 2.8.4]


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The primary download link for this listing is the native build. The X11 build is still available from the secondary download link.

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 renderer, an image format converter, etc.

GIMP is expandable and extensible. It is designed to be augmented with plug-ins and extensions to do just about anything. The advanced scripting interface allows everything from the simplest task to the most complex image manipulation procedures to be easily scripted.


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