Monday, May 29, 2006

Additional Plug-ins, and a new version of GIMPShop, with the plugins

There were a couple of plug-ins that Scott wanted to have in the new GIMPShop that were accidentally left out. So now there is a new Binary for GIMPShop on OS X - it is still UniBin - in fact, it's the same as the last build - just with the missing plug-ins.

If you've already downloaded and installed GIMPShop 2.2.11 for Mac - here are the missing plug-ins, and instructions on how to install them. It's not hard, but you do have to copy and paste three commands into the terminal. If you'd rather not mess with that - you can just download and install the new version.


Thursday, May 25, 2006

Big Net Neutrality Vote Today: Call Congress Right Now

The House Judiciary Committee is going to “mark up” Representatives Sensenbrenner and Conyers’ good Net Neutrality bill this morning (watch the Committee vote via the Web). Many in the committee have been pressured by the big telcos to vote down the net neutrality provisions.

These are the members to contact on the bipartisan bill. Urge them to support the Sensenbrenner-Conyers “Internet Freedom and Nondiscrimination Act of 2006″ (HR 5417) in the Judiciary Committee today — and to support it without amendment. Saying without amendment is key.

Save the Internet has a list of members of Congress who need to hear from you right now.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Announcing the GIMPShop dot Net Widget

Now you can download this Dashboard Widget for your Mac (OS X 10.4 or higher) and keep up to date with the latest news on GIMPShop right from your Dashboard!

Download here.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Our New Look

A new binary for GIMPShop - and a new look for GIMPShop dot Net. Even a new Logo.

What do you think of the new look?

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

GIMPShop 2.2.11 Universal Binary for Mac OS X is HERE! (for realz)

Universal Binary

It's here - it's here and it's ready! It's ready, and it's here! GIMPShop 2.2.11 for Mac OS X - a Universal Binary.

From Scott's blog:

Gimpshop 2.2.11 Universal Application (85 MB) for OS X Tiger (Intel & PowerPC) and Panther.
Want to complie Gimpshop for other operating systems? Get the Gimpshop 2.2.11 source (13 MB) and start hacking.

Thanks to your generous donations - with a very special thanks to Wil Shipley and the Delicious Monster guys! - a Universal Gimpshop App for Intel-based Macs is here.
DOWNLOAD GIMPShop 2.2.11 Universal Binary for Mac OS X (Updated May 29, 2006 - added missing plug-ins)
or you can download it from Scott's site.


Saturday, May 13, 2006

GIMPShop Universal Binary 2.2.11 is DONE! - It's just not ready yet....

Scott has finished GIMPShop 2.2.11 as a Universal Binary for Mac OS X on both PPC and Intel based Macs. This is a direct result of the generous giving of GIMPShop fans like you. So thank you!

The problem is - he hasn't uploaded it yet. You see, he works for G4 - the Video Game Channel. And there's been a little thing going on this week called E3 - the Video Game Expo. So he's been a little busy.

I'll let you know as soon as I see the program being ready for download.

Now that he's got that done - hopefully we'll see his promised Windows port soon enough.

Thanks Scott! Hope you enjoyed E3! Look forward to the new GIMPShop!

Let me explain why this is so cool. This means that GIMPShop has BEAT Adobe Photoshop to Universal Binary status by nearly a year! Pretty amazing that Scott can do something in a month that a huge mega-company like Adobe can't do in a year!

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

GIMPShop - A look ahead

Scott recently wrote about his plans for the future of GIMPShop.
  • A Universal Binary for OS X so that GIMPShop runs natively on PowerPC and Intel architecture. This should be available within a week or two.
  • Translatable source code so that GIMPShop can be translated into any language by anyone who has the patience, time and language skills to do it. This is a high priority and I’ll do my best to make it happen.
  • More plug-ins and filters to match Photoshop’s pre-installed filters and Photoshop’s filter structure/naming conventions as closely as possible. In the coming weeks, I’ll be testing the best alternatives so that only the best and most relevant filters are in there. There will be a separate menu area for gimp-specific filters.
  • A simultaneous Windows XP GIMPShop release, providing that I can figure out how to build it on my own. I’ll be building the installer using a new Intel-based Mac purchased with your generous donations. I shudder to think that I’ll be running XP on it, but it’s not my Mac - It’s YOUR Mac and it’s almost here!
I really like that last one - of course, it's all pretty good. But, it's really bugged me that the Windows release is now 5 months behind, and no word on a ETA. I've even offered cash to the compilers, with no luck. I'm happy to see that Scott himself will be releasing the next Windows GIMPShop. Thanks, Scott. I'm looking forward to the next release! Maybe, just maybe, I'll be able to run it as a universal binary on my new Mac Mini?

Monday, May 01, 2006

Free Picture-Based Computer Books - OOo, Linspire, Mac OS X, and more

There is no lack of computer books in the world today. There are plenty of technical manuals to go around. The problem is so many of these books are too technical, too wordy, too heavy, and too expensive. Well now there is a site that takes care of all of those problems. is offering, free-of-charge over 20 computer books in PDF form. These books are light on verbage and heavy on pictures. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words, and this is especially true in technical manuals. With a picture showing me what button to press, you can save a lot of words trying to tell me all the steps to find that button in the drop down menus.

From you can download screen-quality PDFs of the books for free, or you can pay just $3.95 for the print-quality PDFs for a roll-your-own deadtree version. I prefer free and environmentally friendly, myself. But there might be times when you need to print some out. Of course, you can always print the free ones, they just won't look as good.

Available books include:
The books are released through a Creative Commons liscence which means you can share electronic copies with your friends. And since you are all my friends, I've decided to share all 22 books with you. You can download all of these PDF books here (note: large file - 98MB) To get the individual books, just click on the links above, or visit

I wish there was a GIMPShop or at least GIMP book in there, but there are quite a few open source topics (Linspire,, MySQL), so maybe a GIMP/GIMPShop book is not too far behind.