First I've heard of it too! An uncharacteristically generous move from Adobe, but I'll bite.
It's an exceedingly generous move.
So generous i'm searching for the ulterior motive, because I don't believe that there isn't one. Maybe open source alternatives were getting too big for Adobe's liking and they thought they would annihilate the gimp et al by releasing an old copy of photoshop to remove their userbase in the quite rational expectation that having used photoshop users would never willingly go back to using the gimp again, and might at some point upgrade and pay adobe some money for it.
Whatever the reason though, it's an exceptionally good thing for us.
That was my thought too, Freyr. That and it helps to get students to use it and have it as the industry standard. If there are no skills in your program, then going forwards that's a bad thing.
But honestly, Gimp runs so poorly under Windows of late - with that terrible redrawing issue not refreshing the screen properly - that it's almost unusable... I don't think they'd had a decent Windows developer working on it in more than a year last time I had a looksee. -shrug-
We're talking about a community (Linux/open source) that has one guy working on its flagship audio editing product in his spare time. One or two people go to do work that actually pays them and vital parts of it just die.
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Last edited by Nemmerle; January 13th, 2013 at 06:58 AM.
To be honest Nem, I think that Gimp was unusable even when it did work properly.
+1 to that.
Before I took the plunge into the Adobe world, I was a pure Gimp user. I found GIMP an utter pain in the ass to do any kind of editing that I wanted to do with my pictures. It hated RAW, half of it's "tools" didn't work the way they were supposed to, and the interface was just plain irritating. I haven't used any of their new versions since I was given a copy of PS CS3.
I'm glad Adobe has finally opened up and given a free copy of it's software for us to use. I have CS6, but that's only one license. I do believe CS2 will be a nice addition to my older laptop.
I used to use ImageReady for creating animated .gifs in my old job. I don't recall using it for anything else, but I'm sure other uses exist.
As for GIMP; fucking awful. And I'm usually a proponent of open source. In every way it's possible to be bad, GIMP is bad. Until I got hold of an old copy of Photoshop 6 (yes, I'm that backwards - but I'll be damned if I'm spending a grand on something that basically does the same work, so far as my needs go anyway), I preferred to use bloody Paint.NET over GIMP. That's how much I hate it.
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