In Windows I've used Paint.net which is an excellent and free Photoshop look-a-like application.
Does anything similar exist for OSX?
I tried Pixen(?) and it crashed constantly and couldn't even save .jpg files.
I'm really not a fan of GIMP and GIMPshop/App they have an air of duct tape and glue about them, don't get me wrong there are not bad for what they are though they're not the nicest of UX around not to mention it's very clunky to actually use. It's just not a refine experience or application that's why it would always be hard to recommend to prosumers or newbies.I've used Gimp on Linux, but I've found that it's clunky on the Mac with the X11 version. Is GimpApp much better? I haven't tried it on Lion yet.
GIMP has been sort of a poster child for open source software over the years, and people especially love comparing it to Photoshop. "See? It's FREE! You save hundreds of dollars!" That may be true but it always had that "hacked together" feel that I really don't like. I always feel like someone built a home made ultralight aircraft out of balsa wood and a bicycle and then says "See? A lot cheaper than a Boeing 747!"I absolutely hate Gimp. I hate to talk bad about open source software but it in my opinion is one of the worst common open source programs I've used.
Some people like it though.
The GIMP is an X Windows-based application. X11 on MacOS X is a standard port of the X Windowing System. The GIMP running on X Windows on MacOS X is no less native than the GIMP running on X Windows on Linux....
In defense of GIMP, the program looks better on Debian Linux, where it is a native application on Linux. ...
As you said, it is rather poorly known and it sports non-standard UI on both Mac and Windows.
It's not that it has a really strange interface, just a little bit different than what you might be used to, be it Photoshop or Acorn (or Pixelmator, but that one has a different UI itself). I has a certain non-Mac feeling to it, but rather easy to use nonetheless.I played with it for a bit, but didn't give it much time. How strange is the interface? - it looked fairly normal at first glance - palettes, tool bars, etc..
I like that it has vectors/rasters... anything about this program that would make it a non-starter?