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#1 TWC

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Posted 15 August 2012 - 04:43 PM

Following up on my front page comment.

Today's EBS:

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Last week's (pre-new computer) EBS:

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I think the newer ones are a bit messier overall, but I'm sure I'll eventually forget all about the change. Just as I've mostly forgotten that the EBSes used to be red!

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Posted 15 August 2012 - 04:47 PM

Thanks for that, TWC. That's exactly what I needed to see (I did a side by side on my old and new computer, but both are Macs using Chrome, and I couldn't tell a huge difference).

Now I just need to figure out if there's any way I can get it back to being as crisp. I guess it could also be that I'm now using a different version of GIMP. I have some ideas. We'll see how the next few look ...

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Posted 15 August 2012 - 04:49 PM

Thanks for that, TWC. That's exactly what I needed to see (I did a side by side on my old and new computer, but both are Macs using Chrome, and I couldn't tell a huge difference).

Now I just need to figure out if there's any way I can get it back to being as crisp. I guess it could also be that I'm now using a different version of GIMP. I have some ideas. We'll see how the next few look ...

Pixelmator is on sale for $14.99 at the Mac App Store right now and it KILLS Gimp, and doesn't need that tedious X11 to run.

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Posted 15 August 2012 - 07:15 PM

Have you tried pixlr? It lives entirely in the cloud and is free.

http://pixlr.com/

According to Internet legend, Adobe decided to not to pay some summer interns who worked on the newer, updated versions of Photoshop after initially saying they would, and the interns retaliated by launching a free online version of the very product Adobe had had them working on. Like most internet legends, I'm sure that one is mostly false, but the fact remains that pixlr is a darn good Photoshop substitute.

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Posted 16 August 2012 - 05:05 AM

The comparison of the two reminds me of that eye doctor "Does 1 or 2 look clearer" thing......The first one has larger but slightly less clear font for me and the 2nd is clearer but on my mac air it takes more effort to read the words....that could just be me and my fatigue at the moment though (slept horribly) hope that helps and I hope what I said made a slight bit of sense.....I suppose the eye doctor reference didn't make any sense to some

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Posted 16 August 2012 - 06:52 AM


Thanks for that, TWC. That's exactly what I needed to see (I did a side by side on my old and new computer, but both are Macs using Chrome, and I couldn't tell a huge difference).

Now I just need to figure out if there's any way I can get it back to being as crisp. I guess it could also be that I'm now using a different version of GIMP. I have some ideas. We'll see how the next few look ...

Pixelmator is on sale for $14.99 at the Mac App Store right now and it KILLS Gimp, and doesn't need that tedious X11 to run.

I'm a total noob with this stuff (been using GIMP, and GIMP only, for five years). What is the difference between the two for the kind of stuff I do - EBS, silly photoshops, slightly tougher things like making the banner and t-shirt logos.

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Posted 16 August 2012 - 09:11 AM

I've used them both, and I think Pixelmator is just a much more pleasant experience. Gimp for Mac is awkward, with a grossly ugly UI and bass-ackwards controls. While they both do the same thing (essentially, they and Photoshop are identical in most regards), I find its usability and UI easily worth the $15.

That being said, I'll probably screw around with Luke's suggestion of Pixlr over the next couple of days just for grins. I'm skeptical though that a web-based graphics editor can keep up with the demands of the work that I do.

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Posted 16 August 2012 - 05:30 PM

Pixlr is surprisingly polished for a web app, but I don't think he can stand up to a daily, professional work load.

I think it might fit Brett's purposes, though. And it is free, so there is no downside to trying it before shelling out for something else.

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Posted 16 August 2012 - 06:02 PM

Bah! Pixlr is owned by Autodesk?! Can I get no reprieve from them?

I checked it out for a few... seems fine and all, but I'd much prefer to use a desktop version. I'll stick with Pixelmator. And Autodesk?! Ghastly.

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Posted 16 August 2012 - 08:27 PM

Bah! Pixlr is owned by Autodesk?! Can I get no reprieve from them?


If you can, don't talk about it too loudly. Autodesk might hear and buy them too.

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Posted 17 August 2012 - 06:58 AM


Bah! Pixlr is owned by Autodesk?! Can I get no reprieve from them?


If you can, don't talk about it too loudly. Autodesk might hear and buy them too.

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