There are a few quirks for GIMP users who are on a Mac.
Most of my early frustration with using GIMP came from this one: The Activation Click.
Before Mac users can use a window in GIMP, they have to click it once to ‘activate’ it.
This leads to a lot of annoying extra clicks. And if you don’t remember to activate windows, it can also lead to cursing, and hair pulling. I especially hate grabbing a tool from the Toolbox, only to realize I didn’t really grab it. Remembering that little activation click has been a crucial part of making GIMP easy to use… until now.
You know what’s better than remembering to activate windows?
Not having to activate them. That’s what.
Thanks to the hard working people here at team Landreth -AKA my husband who is awesome- there’s now a free app for Mac users that will get rid of the whole activation click thing once and for all!
I’m calling it the Click-Killer…
You heard that right. If remembering to activate windows is too much for you (it is for me), all you have to do is download the app using the buttons above, un-zip it, and run it. After it’s run, you won’t need the activation click in GIMP anymore. Make sure GIMP and X11 are both closed before you run the script.
There are two versions, one for Leopard, and one for Lion. The version for Leopard may work with Snow Leopard, but it hasn’t been tested yet. I’ll update as more versions are available.
If you’re wondering if GIMP is any good for graphic design work, the short answer is yes. I made the buttons above, from scratch, using nothing but GIMP. I’m not even really adept at graphic design stuff. If I can do it, anyone can.