MacBook Pro Newbie - is gimp safe?

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  1. lululamb macrumors newbie

    lululamb

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    Although i've had iPhones/ipads/ipods for a few years, i've got a brand new two week old MacBook Pro with retina display.

    I don't want to have to shell out for photoshop but want something that does similar functions. Online i came across gimp as being a very good free alternative but wonder if it is safe. I've always been a PC girl with computers having anti-virus etc so i feeling a little lost when it comes to Mac.

    Any assistance or in fact free alternatives to gimp would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. osnola ibax macrumors member

    osnola ibax

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    have used gimp extensively on mac, absolutely no problems with security, and files (.xcf) are easily transferrable to windows machines for further work
     
  3. Toutou macrumors 6502a

    Toutou

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    Gimp is a really well known piece of software, it's definitely safe and even pretty capable. The thing is - you HAVE to shell out for Photoshop if Photoshop is what you want. There are alternatives, some very capable and seriously aiming to dethrone Photoshop (Affinity Photo - $49) some a bit less capable but very well thought out (Pixelmator - $29), but none of them is free. GIMP is free and open-source and using it feels like driving a (surprisingly good) car made of fifteen other cars.
     
  4. CoastalOR macrumors 68000

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    It might help us with making recommendations if you could give us some idea of what tasks you want to perform with graphics software.
     

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