Someone has taken
the Gimp
hacked its UI to be similar to PhotoShop.
From the posting about it:

The Gimp’s menu structure and naming conventions had been a constant source of frustration for me because I was so used to Photoshop. So, I did what any hardcore graphics geek would have done. I hacked GIMPshop together. It’s a proof of concept and it’s a little buggy, so don’t expect too much.


My original purpose for GIMPshop was to make the Gimp accessible to the many Adobe Photoshop users out there. I hope I’ve done that. And maybe along the way, I can convert a Photoshop pirate into a Gimp user.

If you’ve never used Photoshop before, you may not appreciate my GIMPshop hack. What I’ve done is renamed and reorganized GIMP’s tools, options, windows, and menus to closely resemble Adobe Photoshop’s menu structure and naming conventions. Many of the menu options and even whole menus were recreated to faithfully reproduce a Photoshop-like experience. After running my GIMPshop hack, you’ll find that Photoshop and the GIMP are strikingly similar.

So if you use PhotoShop, you might want to check this out.
Wouldn’t it be nice not to spend hundreds of dollars on this kind of thing?

Adobe Photoshop CS2

Photoshop CS2 is being released in a few weeks. It can handle the raw mode properly from digital SLRs, including 32 bit color handling. This is a godsend, as the limitations of .jpeg are quite obvious for the 10% of pictures I take that have areas of low contrast in them. This would also be helpful for astrophotography and the product also has some tools for removing .jpeg artifacts. The thing is darned expensive, however. For the 32 bit handling though, I think I might get a copy.

It works on Macs & PCs, as you know and has some tweaks for the Athlon 64, but nothing particularly important to me at this time.

Upgraded to full WordPress 1.5

I’ve been meaning to upgrade to the completely released version of WordPress 1.5 for quite a while.
It’s done now, and as you can see, I’ve copied over the theme from my home page with minor tweaks.
I’d like to go back to the white-on-black look at some point, and use this logo:

But I won’t have time for a while; maybe in May.

Hopefully comments will work correctly now instead of being attached to the post before or after.
I’ll post one on this entry and the previous one to test it out.