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FAQ Nathan (aka RockWalrus) is organizing a re-write of the gimp developer faq. I made a few contributions... I am in now way attached to the comments that I wrote. Feel free to change/steal/sell/dowhateveryouwant with the answers I have made to these questions.
So far the comments are made without reference to any other documents (ie from memory!) 1. What is the GIMP? The GIMP is a program for manipulating and creating images. 2. What does GIMP stand for? It stands for GNU Image Manipulation Program, it used to stand for General Image Manipulation Program, but the authors were approached and convinced that GNU was a better choice for the "G". 1997 Intervew 3. What features does it have? Almost all standard image manipulation features are available in the GIMP, and there are non-standard ones as well. In addition there are some great features to create logos and buttons with just the entry of a few parameters. Features include, layers, transparency, logo creation, fuzzy select, patterns, gradients, ... 3a. Does it support CMYK? 16-bit per channel images? Floating-point channels? No, kinda and no. 16 bits gimp is available at FilmGimp 4. What are the minimum system requirements? 4a. What operating systems is it available for? 5. Where can I get it? The latest version is available from www.gimp.org/download/ 5a. There are some binary versions on the GIMP website. Should I download them or build GIMP myself? 5b. Where can I get non-official gimp packages for foo? 6. What version should I get? The current stable version is 1.2.3. Download it from here 7. What documentation is available? There are a lot of tutorials, a few books and plenty of help available for the gimp. A good place to start is the Documentation on the GIMP web site: http://www.gimp.org/docs.html. Some notable sites are:
Interestingly filmGIMP has it scheduled for release Q1, 2003. 40. Can I add my own brushes? Certainly. Brushes are files with the .gbr or .gih extension. To make a brush, simply save it as a .gbr file, and place it in your HOME/.gimp-1.2/brushes/ directory.
Alternatively, you can save a selection as a brush, by selecting the required region, and Choose: Right Click "-> Script-Fu -> Selection -> To Brush..."
If the brush is a "multi-layer" brush, you can save it as .gih, and similarly place it in this same directory. Each Layer of the image is a different brush. Try the brush "Sparks" (hsparks.gih) for an example. 41. Can I add my own patterns? Certainly. Patterns are files that end in .pat, and typically these images will tile (meaning that when place in a tile format, you can't see where one tile stps and the next the tile starts). Load the image that you would like to save as a pattern, and Save it as a .pat file, and place it in your HOME/.gimp-1.2/patterns/ directory. 42. Can I give a copy of this gradient or palette I've created to a friend? Sure, just send the file to them. And tell them where to put the file (HOME/.gimp-1.2/gradients for gradients, and HOME/.gimp-1.2/palettes for palettes) l 43. My fonts are ugly. 44. What font formats does GIMP support? 45. Where can I get more fonts? 46. The font that the GIMP uses for its menu text is nappy. How can I change it? 47. What is this "XCF" file format? Why should I use it? This is the native format for GIMP. You should use it because it is the only format that will save all the information about your image. Including all the layers, channels, paths etc... 48. What other formats does GIMP support? 49. I can't save my file as a GIF or TIFF. 50. I can't save my file as some other file format. 51. How can I add support for the foo file format to GIMP? 52. What languages does GIMP support? 53. Does GIMP support XInput? 54. Why doesn't text in my native language render correctly with the Text tool? 55. Does GIMP support bidirectional output? 56. How do I use batch mode? 57. Do I have to use an X server to run GIMP even in batch mode? 58. How can I call a Script-Fu script using batch mode? 59. How can I connect my web server to GIMP like flamingtext.com? :) Don't bother, pay flamingtext.com gobs on money to do it for you :-) 60. GIMP is slow. How can I speed it up? 61. How can I see which bugs have been reported? There is an extensive bug tracking database. It is called Bugzilla. If you would like to search for a bug, you can use the search page: http://bugzilla.gnome.org/query.cgi?product=GIMP. 62. How can I report a bug I've found which hasn't been reported yet? Once you have checked that the bug is not already in Bugzilla, you will need to Create an Account, and then Submit the bug report. Try to be clear and consise. Mention all the information that you have, and it is particularly useful if you can reproduce the bug every time. 63. I get an error about "MIT-SHM" or "XShmAttach." (does this still happen?) I don't think this happens any more. 64. I'm using <pick os and distribution>. What problems specific to it do you know about? 65. I'm using <pick X Server>. What problems specific to it do you know about? 66. Who wrote GIMP? Spencer Kimball and Peter Matthis originally wrote the gimp. Since then many, many people have contributed. Goto the about screen to see the list of people that have contributed (Help -> About...) 67. Who has contributed to the FAQ? Cameron Gregory, FlamingText.com 68. Who wrote the included plug-ins? 69. Who wrote the Script-Fu scripts? 70. Who made the brushes and patterns included with the GIMP? 71. Who made the gradients and palettes incluced with the GIMP? 72. Who created the artwork? The splash screen and about screen were created by "tigert". Visit his web site at tigert.gimp.org. He also has a history of all the gimp splash screens. 73. Who is the GIMP FAQ team?
The user guide for fink is available at http://fink.sourceforge.net/doc/users-guide/index.php
There is a step-by-step guide to installing the gimp for the mac here: http://www.creativemac.com/2002/12_dec/tutorials/thegimp021231.htm (thanks jimmac).
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The information provided within these pages is provided AS IS, and without any warranty. Following these directions may (but not limited to) crash your computer, delete all the information on your hard disk, open up security holes or cause your house to burn down. I made these pages to provide some information about the setup that I have done, but I did not proofread it for correctness, and in most cases did not test it. There are commands in these pages that would definately delete or corrupt all the data on your computer (especially the dualboot section). In fact it happened to me.... So you are on your own!