RSS Feeds

Receive a regular RSS feed from our latest, most popular and recommended downloads

Latest downloads feed

Get a regular RSS from our most latest downloads

Most popular downloads feed

Get a regular RSS from our most popular downloads

Recommended downloads feed

Get a regular RSS from our recommended downloads

Newsletter

Subscribe to either one of our two newsletters for regular updates and information

Downloads newsletter

This is a weekly newsletter with download news, updates and other information

This is a monthly newsletter with software store information, offers and deals

GIMPshop 2.8

Get the raw power of GIMP wrapped up in a more user-friendly interface 

by Nick Peers

Our Rating:
Your Rating:
Login to rate
Based on 4 ratings
License: Open Source
Operating Systems: Linux, Mac OS X, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
Requirements:

 

Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 21 June 2012
Watchlist: Add download to my watchlist
Downloads To Date: 12191
Developer: GIMPshop
RSS News Feed:
Back up your data with Acronis True Image 2016 with a 1-PC LIFETIME license, only $29.99, saving 40%, from store.downloadcrew.com
GIMPshop for Windows
GIMPshop lets you revisit GIMP with a user interface you might find more intuitive to use.

One of the most popular and powerful free image editing apps is GIMP. Unfortunately, its user interface doesn’t follow the usual pattern of other applications, consisting of a number of floating panels rather than a single, unified program window. It’s very much an interface you’ll either love or hate.

The reasoning behind GIMPshop is that you like the power of the GIMP, but you want it wrapped up in a more familiar user interface. It basically takes advantage of GIMP’s open-source technology to produce a version of GIMP that will appeal more to Photoshop users who want to try the app without having to learn a whole new interface.

GIMPshop achieves these by modifying the program’s menu structure to more closely match Photoshop. It also tweaks the terminology used to match what you’ll find in Adobe’s flagship application and finally uses a plug-in called “Deweirdifier” to combine GIMP’s many floating windows in a manner that more closely resembles what you’ll find in other Windows graphics applications.

Consequently you end up with an interface that is more intuitive to use from the off, while retaining all the raw power, features and extendibility of The GIMP itself – while there’s naturally no support for Photoshop plug-ins, GIMPshop works perfectly with GIMP’s own extensive plugin, filter and brush collections.

Note: the Windows version of the program is installed using the InstallIQ wrapper. This tool will offer to install additional programs in addition to GIMPshop – up to five different apps in fact. After clicking Accept at the first screen to install GIMPshop, keep clicking Decline to avoid installing other, potentially unwanted, applications. 

Verdict:

If you’ve previously been put off by the GIMP’s unique user interface, GIMPshop is well worth checking out – if you can get past the frankly awful install wrapper. 

Your Comments & Opinion
 

Also agree!

Posted by: Dan Van Nattan, 06 July 2012 12:08

I think it's terrible... my one experience with InstallQ made me want to slap the person who ever thought it was a good idea to include it with their software. I would gladly pay money just to avoid being plagued by that horrid thing.

Agree with M C Straver

Posted by: Graham Knight, 26 January 2012 01:41

"InstallIQ" does not enjoy the best of reputations mainly I understand because of trying to piggyback other (unwanted) software with the software wanted. My internet security suite (and I believe there are others) who have listed InstallIQ as a 'potentially unwanted application'. I was looking forward to trying GIMPshop - but I can live without it!!

Piggybacking other software...

Posted by: M.C. Straver, 21 January 2012 11:12

I understand the desire to get some return on time put into bundling and editing this package, but piggybacking other software you don't want, and then so many, is, IMHO extremely bad form. The developers should consider asking for donations instead. Users who enjoy and appreciate the effort -will- donate. Wrapping it like this has immediately turned me off from even seriously giving this a try.

Related Download Articles
 
GIMP 2.8.16

GIMP 2.8.18

Freeware

GIMP is a free image editor which offers a real alternative to the likes of Photoshop

GIMP Portable

GIMP Portable 2.8.18

Freeware

GIMP is a free image editor which offers a real alternative to the likes of Photoshop

Snapseed for iOS

Snapseed for iOS 2.8

Freeware

A delightful cross-platform image editing and sharing app

PhotoFiltre Studio X

PhotoFiltre Studio X 10.8.1

Shareware

An advanced photo editing tool with a gentle learning curve

Other Download Articles From This Category
Zoom Player 12 Free

Zoom Player 12.5 Free

Freeware

Play CDs, DVDs and just about any audio or video file with this fast media player

G'MIC

G'MIC 1.7.5

Open Source

An amazingly flexible image processing tool

Polarr Photo Editor

Polarr Photo Editor 4.0.0 for Chrome

Freeware

A powerful photo editor for Chrome

Stitcher Radio

Stitcher Radio for Podcasts 6.5.2

Freeware

Automatically download radio programs and podcasts to your iPhone or iPad

From Softwarecrew

Please wait while my feed loads

See more posts...

Our Price: $29.99
RRP: $49.99
Saving 40%
Buy Now
Offer Ends In:
 

Spotlight: Free Full Software

Spektrel Art 1.0.0

Free Full Commercial Software

Spektrel Art is a stand-alone program and Photoshop plugin which transforms digital photos into "magical art that glimmers and gleams with intersecting lines of tapered light".

What does that mean? Essentially it applies a configurable mix of effects, enhancing edges, smoothing backgrounds and emphasizing colours. Take a look at the thumbnail for one example, and the official product page has more.

Spektral Art works much like any similar tool. Open an image, click one of the thumbnails to apply a particular preset, or click a few buttons and drag some sliders to fine-tune the results.

There's surprising scope for variation, too. For example, just switching from the "Light" to "Dark" theme can transform a bright and friendly image into something dark and sinister, at least in some cases (results vary depending on the source image).

Please note, the demo version doesn't allow images to be saved.

SPECIAL OFFER: as we write, the developer is offering Spektral Art for free. The offer expires August 29th. Please note that you must provide your name, address and phone number to receive your free license.

[...]
Value:
Free
Rating: