GIMP 2.6.5 released

GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.

It has many capabilities. It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, an image format converter, etc.

News source: Official website
Download: GIMP 2.6.5 / GIMP 2.6.5 windows installers
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I find the UI to be quite useable in newer versions, even though it still feels a little awkward with the floating boxes and they're not confined, at least they're grouped now, so its not too hard to adapt to, and it's free.

I've been using it for quite a while, there're photoshop keyboard shortcuts you can download for this too.

I've tried out 2.0 and 2.5 so far and found that while you can do quite a lot with it, the UI is an utter pain in the ass.
It might be a decent alternative to Photoshop et al. if someone would actually program a completely new, usable UI for it.

Gimp is not bad for what it is, but personally I cannot stand the floating toolbars etc it drives me nuts! (I know it has a purpose though).

i always hear about ppl who use PS religiously switching to gimp cause it just grows on them
i tried both im not big on it as i dont do image editing, but my friends in graphic design love gimp

m.keeley said,
I've never got on with GIMP, tried it a number of times over the years. For me you can't beat

I personally think Gimp is much more powerful than

It is certainly more powerful and feature filled than However,'s simplicity and consistent UI makes it easier for me to get my digital image tasks done. My preference is

I never really got on with the floating boxes on it, prefer to have it all confined inside one window. I'm sure before there was an add-on that did this to it and also gave it more PS style menus for placement of tools.