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Comment Re:My experience with the GIMP (Score 4, Insightful) 197

As someone who embraces copyleft and is a strong supporter of free software GIMP isn't a replacement for photoshop yet. The roadmap for GIMP should make it possible after 2.10 or 3.0 Here's what I need to switch: Unified transform tool so I can scale, rotate, shear, etc all with one tool (currently available in 2.9 dev) On Canvas Preview so I can see what something looks like without having to commit and undo a change over and over again. 16/32 Color Bit Depth (CMYK would be good but not required). This is already in GIMP, but not supported by everything. After GEGL is fully integrated this will be great. Layer Masks and other nondestructive editing. Massively speeds up productivity and prototyping. I'd really like an improvement to layers in GIMP. Right now you can't select multiple layers and move them up and down. Layer groups makes it tolerable, but it's still slower than photoshop. On top of that the UI of GIMP is big and ugly. The menus are in akward places with way too much white space and padding taking up a good chunk of the screen. Some of this can be fixed with icon packs, customized panels, and a new theme, but it's always going to be a little oversized and awkward. Photoshop's menu organization is just about perfect; might as well copy it.

Comment Re:Obvious (Score 2) 636

I think modern technology should be integrated with learning. I don't think of it as a crutch just like an abacus isn't or a calculator isn't. It's a tool that previous generations invented for the betterment of society and we should use them.

Comment Re:The long copyright period . . . (Score 1) 771

You posted what I wanted to post. I'd also add that the studios making sequel after sequel is part of the copyright problem. Since making a brand new idea that isn't derivative of anything is so difficult the studios are left with the option of making derivatives of what they do own. Rights for every property are a tangled mess so even getting something like Alien VS Predator made is a giant hassle. Our culture is tied up and everyone (including corporations) is struggling to innovate with all the bureaucracy.

Comment Re:This is very cool (Score 1) 327

What's the podcast website? I'm heavy into boardgame design. If you don't feel like posting the website here for whatever reason you can reach me at gmail or boardgamegeek with the same name (I'm the only MusedFable as far as I know). Gamers seem to be very willing to put money up for projects; which is probably why Kickstarter can work so well for game makers.

Machines certainly can solve problems, store information, correlate, and play games -- but not with pleasure. -- Leo Rosten