Noiembrie 1995 - primul anunt al lansarii beta a "programului general de manipulare a imaginii", „The GIMP” (redenumit ulterior doar „GIMP”).

From: Peter Mattis
Date: 1995-11-21
Message-ID: <48s543$>
Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.development.apps,comp.os.linux.misc,

The GIMP: the General Image Manipulation Program
The GIMP is designed to provide an intuitive graphical interface to a variety of image editing operations. Here is a list of the GIMP's major features:

 Image viewing
   *  Supports 8, 15, 16 and 24 bit color.
   *  Ordered and Floyd-Steinberg dithering for 8 bit displays.
   *  View images as rgb color, grayscale or indexed color.
   *  Simultaneously edit multiple images.
   *  Zoom and pan in real-time.
   *  GIF, JPEG, PNG, TIFF and XPM support.

 Image editing
   *  Selection tools including rectangle, ellipse, free, fuzzy, bezier and intelligent.
   *  Transformation tools including rotate, scale, shear and flip.
   *  Painting tools including bucket, brush, airbrush, clone, convolve, blend and text.
   *  Effects filters (such as blur, edge detect).
   *  Channel & color operations (such as add, composite, decompose).
   *  Plug-ins which allow for the easy addition of new file formats and new effect filters.
   *  Multiple undo/redo.

 *  The operating system must support shared memory.
 *  X11 R5 or R6\. (Actually, it may work on R4, but we have not had a chance to test it).
 *  The X-server must support the X shared memory extension. (The X-server does not actually need to support shared memory so this is only a temporary situation until we integrate the configure information with the source code).
 *  Motif 1.2 or above.

The GIMP has been tested (and developed) on the following operating systems: Linux 1.2.13, Solaris 2.4, HPUX 9.05, SGI IRIX. Currently, the biggest restriction to running the GIMP is the Motif requirement. We will release a statically linked binary for several systems soon (including Linux).


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This software is currently a beta release. This means that we haven't implemented all of the features we think are required for a full, unqualified release. There are undoubtedly bugs we haven't found yet just waiting to surface given the right conditions. If you run across one of these, please send mail to with precise details on how it can be reliably reproduced.

De atunci sau schimbat multe. Iata cateva repere:

- Au venit cu GTK - un set de instrumente de interfatafolosit de GNOME si Xfce. GTK este acum un proiect autonom utilizat de mii de dezvoltatori.

- Au adus nou motor de procesare a imaginii numit GEGL, utilizat acum si de alte câteva proiecte software.

- Au cateva câteva pseudonime discutabile, cum ar fi „Photoshop pentru Linux”, „Photoshop gratuit” si „acel software urât”.

La multi ani Gimp!


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