Hace 20 años del anuncio de GIMP

Todos o la mayoría de vosotros ya conoceréis la aplicación de manipulación gráfica The GIMP. Es quizás la alternativa “free” más cercana a photoshop. El 21 de noviembre de 1995, Peter Mattis anunció dicha aplicación en Usenet.

Aquí tenéis la copia del mensaje:

The GIMP: the General Image Manipulation Program

The GIMP is designed to provide an intuitive graphical interface to a variety of image editing operations. Here is a list of the GIMP’s major features:

Image viewing

  • Supports 8, 15, 16 and 24 bit color.
  • Ordered and Floyd-Steinberg dithering for 8 bit displays.
  • View images as rgb color, grayscale or indexed color.
  • Simultaneously edit multiple images.
  • Zoom and pan in real-time.
  • GIF, JPEG, PNG, TIFF and XPM support.

Image editing

  • Selection tools including rectangle, ellipse, free, fuzzy, bezier and intelligent.
  • Transformation tools including rotate, scale, shear and flip.
  • Painting tools including bucket, brush, airbrush, clone, convolve, blend and text.
  • Effects filters (such as blur, edge detect).
  • Channel & color operations (such as add, composite, decompose).
  • Plug-ins which allow for the easy addition of new file formats and new effect filters.
  • Multiple undo/redo.


  • The operating system must support shared memory.
  • X11 R5 or R6. (Actually, it may work on R4, but we have not had a chance to test it).
  • The X-server must support the X shared memory extension. (The X-server does not actually need to support shared memory so this is only a temporary situation until we integrate the configure information with the source code).
  • Motif 1.2 or above.

The GIMP has been tested (and developed) on the following operating systems: Linux 1.2.13, Solaris 2.4, HPUX 9.05, SGI IRIX.

Currently, the biggest restriction to running the GIMP is the Motif requirement. We will release a statically linked binary for several systems soon (including Linux).


http://www.csua.berkeley.edu/~gimp ftp://ftp.csua.berkeley.edu/pub/gimp mailto:gimp@soda.csua.berkeley.edu

Brought to you by

Spencer Kimball (spencer@soda.csua.berkeley.edu) Peter Mattis (petm@soda.csua.berkeley.edu)


This software is currently a beta release. This means that we haven’t implemented all of the features we think are required for a full, unqualified release. There are undoubtedly bugs we haven’t found yet just waiting to surface given the right conditions. If you run across one of these, please send mail to gimp@soda.csua.berkeley.edu with precise details on how it can be reliably reproduced. Aquí podéis encontrar más información sobre la historia de The GIMP.