Re: [Gimp-developer] [Gimp-web] Alexandre Prokoudine attacks on GIMP critics around the Web

On Tue, Jan 8, 2019 at 8:27 PM Ryan Stark wrote:

I appreciate that the app is free open source and developers are working for free but it seems they are cut 
off from most users.

What would you suggest to do that we don't already do?

Virtually every feature has some kind of usability bad design

And you are welcome to report issues and propose specific changes.

and Gimp is not as stable and reliable as it used to be

Yes, the side effect of releasing a huge amount of changes you've seen
in 2.10 is less stability.

Most people are not going to bother going on mailing lists. There doesn't seem to be any decent forum that 
everyone uses like there is for Blender as in Blenderartists

There is It's decent and everyone (but you?) uses
it. I also regularly answer questions on Twitter, Reddit, Facebook
etc. Places that noone uses :)

and there is no Gimp manual for the latest version.

Yes. It's being worked on by a single person. Would you be interested
to help Julien?

Gimp appears to be a jack of all trades and master of none so there is no passionate community.

That is quite the opposite of what I see. Darn, I have to stop some
users from being too passionate :)

A sign of the problems is that on Linux we have Krita and Mypaint. If Gimp's tools had been better for 
painting and manipulating things on the canvas we would not have needed those apps.

Krita is almost 20 years old. You might want revisiting your argument.

MyPaint's development is, sadly, on the declining side. Personally, I
hope that Briend will merge all his changes from 2017-2018 and
stimulate a new, long overdue release.

I don't think we as a community need just GIMP. I love what Martin et
al. did with MyPaint, there absolutely is enough room for applications
like MyPaint and Krita streamlined for particular demographics or use

Most people edit photos in a RAW editors now so these more comprehensive 2D image editors should not be 
centred around just editing photos.

GIMP 2.10.x features MyPaint Brush tool, canvas rotating/flipping, and
other painting-specific things. Some features like layer group masks
are useful for a variety of use cases. Upcoming v2.10.10 is also
featuring smart colorization for painters and comic artists, as well
as a DDS plug-in for game designers.


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