For the Graphically Competent: GIMP vs Paint.NET

1 comment
Thread Title:
Paint.NET v2.0 is ready for download!
Thread Description:

I'd never heard of, the Washington State University's free graphics tool (threadlinked above) until today, but it's quite the app by all accounts. And could prove a worthy rival for GIMP, it's *nix based older brother.

Although Paint.NET does not sport a GNU license like the GIMP (graphical image manipulation program) it does grant permission for you to do pretty much the same stuff:

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

It's only been around since Spring this year, it started out as a senior design project at WSU but with v2.0 pronounced fit for download it's already causing a stir at Slashdot

The GIMP on the other hand has been around for ever, it started life as a similar project at Berkeley the mid 90's (the first full version was released in 1997) and has been used professionally by hollywood effects companies and more regular designers alike.

I've not tried Paint.NET as i dont have Windows, but I'd love to hear from anyone who has? I've been using GIMP for several years and although severely graphically challenged find it a joy to work with.

So, if you're using either, or another FREE app, tell us about it...


PS -v- PSP -v- GIMP -v- Paint.Net

We used to use Photoshop exclusively here as it's what the graphics' guys demanded, but as the guvnor I abhorred the cost.

So I made them use Paint Shop Pro in conjunction with the GIMP.

They never liked it as it meant dumping Macs and using Windows or (as everyone else uses here) a Linux desktop.

The Paint application though, looks bloody good to me. It is zero cost (always a benefit) and pretty damn functional.

I've never heard of it before you posted here Nick, so can't give a detailed analysis of it but the major downside seems to be it uses the dot Net libraries which means it could be a bitch to install in conjunction with WINE. The alternative is Win4Lin which we use a lot here.

First impressions though is it's a mighty application, that is more intuitive to use than the GIMP but I can't see the GIMP being replaced fully here, if only becuase we are a nix house. New year tests with WINE will tell though :D

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.