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    Phoronix: GIMP Still Has Many Lofty Features To Develop

    For those that may have extra time this holiday season to devote to open-source tasks, the GIMP graphics program still has many features they're after and aren't yet up to their v2.10 release...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTU1MDI

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    I just want a better transform tool. The current ones are so clunky and in some cases it's difficult to see what the result will be until you apply the transformation.

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    • #3
      Where's non-destructive editing in all this?

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      • #4
        There is mirror/symmetry painting feature being crowdfunded (860 $ missing):
        http://funding.openinitiative.com/funding/1578/

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        • #5
          I'd rather see Inkscape 0.91 to finally see the light of day. :-) Version 0.48 was released August 23, 2010.

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          • #6
            My wish list:
            a unified transform tool (yay it's comming), hope it has good preview!

            script recording and playback
            smart objects
            filter layers
            layer effects

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            • #7
              Additional priority features are support for filter layers, script recording and playback, smart objects, layer effects, a unified transform tool, and better support for image metadata.
              In other words, they want to have the features of Photoshop. And that sounds great, but the problem is people can't wait another 10 years when there is actually a finished product right now.

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              • #8
                It's kind of ironic and sad at the same time that GIMP has been downloaded literally millions of times, yet the amount of active developers is still just a handful. Also, 99% of users probably never even donated to it.

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                • #9
                  Ancurio, sadly this happens on almost software. Few people work, a bunch of people just act like vampires.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by rudregues View Post
                    Ancurio, sadly this happens on almost software. Few people work, a bunch of people just act like vampires.
                    Yes, but on the proprietary side a lot of them pay for the software, so your developers can be full time. On the free software side, there are few who acknowledge programming takes time and time means money, but rather use it because they aren't mandated to pay. And then some of the ones who don't support the software in any way yet use it, feel like they are entitled to expect it to be better, just because.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by rudregues View Post
                      Ancurio, sadly this happens on almost software. Few people work, a bunch of people just act like vampires.
                      That's true. I think Linus Torvalds himself said that the kernel with its thousands of developers is a singularity in terms of contributors among the open source world. Almost all other projects struggle to even get more than 10 people on board.

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                      • #12
                        You're right. I think I'm going to go and give them $30 right now.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by jagoly View Post
                          You're right. I think I'm going to go and give them $30 right now.
                          Excellent. More GIMP users, especially those complaining about how open source "Foo" lacks some features from "Bar" should donate more to compensate the existing developers better and just a way of saying thank you.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by RahulSundaram View Post
                            Excellent. More GIMP users, especially those complaining about how open source "Foo" lacks some features from "Bar" should donate more to compensate the existing developers better and just a way of saying thank you.

                            I think a combined micro payment crowd funding and bug/feature request voting system could be interesting. The number of votes for a specific change is then directly proportional to donations requesting that change.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by staalmannen View Post
                              I think a combined micro payment crowd funding and bug/feature request voting system could be interesting. The number of votes for a specific change is then directly proportional to donations requesting that change.
                              Most of the devs seem unconvinced by the idea of users funding work, the slow rate of donations on the symmetry painting fundrasier possibly proves their point. If they can't raise enough for a small feature, how could they raise enough for larger tasks. On the other hand krita have been very successful at raising money.

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