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john eden
27-08-2009, 10:09 AM
any recommendations?

Mainly I just need something for scanning, cropping, resizing etc. Perhaps a bit of manipulating colours, brightness, contrast. Maybe filters and general weirdness but that isn't essential.

Pestario
27-08-2009, 10:17 AM
GIMP (http://www.gimp.org/macintosh/) sounds like what you're looking for. Installing it on the mac is not super straightforward but I managed it and I'm not very good at such things.

droid
27-08-2009, 12:23 PM
If you were so inclined it would be easy to download CS4 on torrent and then run little snitch when using it to make sure it doesn't call home?

john eden
27-08-2009, 12:37 PM
If you were so inclined it would be easy to download CS4 on torrent and then run little snitch when using it to make sure it doesn't call home?

sounds like too much bother - will get gimping when time allows.

thanks all.

sorry for all these fuckwit threads, btw.

droid
27-08-2009, 12:49 PM
You should be running little snitch anyway:

http://www.obdev.at/products/littlesnitch/download.html

john eden
27-08-2009, 12:58 PM
really?

droid
27-08-2009, 01:02 PM
It basically asks your permission before it allows anything on your computer to connect to the internet. Good for malware, spyware, dodgy software (not that you have any of course ;) etc...

nomos
27-08-2009, 02:07 PM
seconded on little snitch.

gimp is a nightmare though. i want to like it but it's atrocious, at least after having used photoshop for a dozen years. but for what you've described i think you could get away with Imagewell (http://xtralean.com/IWFeatures.html) and the editing tools in Preview (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Preview_%28software%29). You could also use Picasa (http://picasa.google.com/mac/) for touching up (it's a good alternative to iPhoto in general). Or Aperture (http://www.apple.com/aperture/) if you want to overdo it.

nomos
27-08-2009, 02:11 PM
also, don't bother with pixelmator. looks sexy but it's pants.

Ness Rowlah
29-08-2009, 12:51 AM
Seconded: GIMP is a total nightmare. Designed by geeks for geeks.
Depending on how much work you have to do it might be worth
forking out for Adobe Photoshop Elements ("ie Lite").

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Adobe-Systems-Inc-Photoshop-Elements/dp/B0012IMWDW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=software&qid=1251503348&sr=8-1

reviews seems favourable
http://theappleblog.com/2009/08/26/adobe-bridge-as-a-better-iphoto/
, but there might be issues the latest OS/X
http://forums.adobe.com/thread/483800?tstart=0

michael
01-09-2009, 04:12 AM
I'm unfamiliar with Photoshop and a total geek, but what doesn't GIMP do?

Or is it the interface? Seems to be getting less and less shit in that regard. Not sure it's ever going to be great, but for free and legal, it's fine by me...

alex
02-09-2009, 05:18 PM
haha, the thought of someone installing a gimp makes me laugh