Replacing GIMP

James Freer jessejazza3 at
Fri Jul 22 12:08:56 UTC 2011

-----Original Message-----
From: Bruno Benitez <gridcube at>
To: xubuntu-devel <xubuntu-devel at>
Sent: Tue, 19 Jul 2011 17:51
Subject: Replacing GIMP

Hello, how is everybody? Hope you are all okay.

I have always found that having GIMP as the default graphic editor for 
any distribution to be "too much", I am of the opinion that people get 
scare if then come and see so many options and floating menus and etc, 
so I think that Xubuntu (and any linux distro if that matters) should 
have a standard simple graphic editor.

I think the best options today are GNU Paint  and Pinta , if anything i 
support the second one.

I think that having a simple editor will make people like the system 
better, also integrating it to the screen capture program could be a 
great idea, i know that today on the screencapture program that comes 
whit xubuntu an "open whit..." option appears as part of the options of 
what to do whit the screenshot, it could be really cool if the 
preselected option where "Open whit... [image editor]" and the user can 
choose then if to edit it, add words, cut, mark things, etc, or simply 
save it to a file.

well i think thats pretty much it. :) thank you for reading.

In response to your post i hope it's ok to volunteer some thoughts.

Having a simple editor that is inline with the xubuntu practice of 
minimal and simplicity is a good idea. But the application does need to 
work effectively.

a] Bulk rename is fine - effective and fit-for-purpose.... i used to 
use kRename [now redone and rather complicated.
b] dics burning xfburn and Brasero are fine... no need for k3b.
c] Ristretto... poor compared with eog. eog is still lightweight but 
more capable.

As for Gimp i find it too advanced for my photo uses and have used 
Imagemagick for sometime now as it fits together well with the album 
generator llgal. Pinta would seem a good idea. I don't know if there is 
another command line editor but in xubuntu the 'openterminal here' that 
comes up in Thunar is ideal [don't think ubuntu had this] for then 
running a comand line app. Just seems to fit nicely with copying pics 
to directories and batch rename, resize and watermark.


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