Syntaxus Dogmata

An Insane Developer's Journal

Geeks and GIMPs

A while back, I mentioned that I was searching for a cheap & simple paint program not bent on being God’s gift to the photo editing universe as a free alternative to Photoshop.  I settled on Paint.NET the same way an old woman settles on a hemorrhoid donut — gingerly, and with a sigh of relief.

But not without trying a couple other candidates first.  GIMP was one such candidate, and I’m finding that it’s aptly named.  Like many other poorly implemented Windows applications, GIMP’s uninstaller doesn’t quite remove its massive, blubbery footprint from the operating system, as evidenced by the fact that every time I right-clicked an image file in Windows Explorer, the context menu still contained an item that proudly said “Open with GIMP.”

So, figuring the odds of me being the only hapless prospect out there to encounter this issue, I go searching for a solution online, and once again I’m reminded why most “helpful” geeks irritate the bat snot out of me.

I had to sift through several online forums where the original poster had the same problem, and asked for advice on how to get rid of the annoying menu item.  Inevitably, the majority of respondents felt the burning need to reveal their intelligence quotient by calling the issue into question…

“It’s just a harmless menu.  Why do you want to get rid of it?”

“Just change the file associations and double-click the image instead.”

“There are other ways of launching an application, you know.”

Why do people do this?  What is it about the human psyche that causes vacuous geeks to pull their head from its usual storage area to type an endless stream of worthless, issue-dodging drivel in response to a simple question?  It’s not just this particular issue, either.  It happens all the time!

Hey Einstein, do I look interested in justifying my question to you?  Did I ask for your personal bachelor’s dissertation on file associations or the finer points of launching a Windows application?  The issue isn’t about working around the problem — it’s about GIMP taking a big old [expletive deleted] on my operating system and not cleaning up its [expletive deleted] mess when it’s [expletive deleted] told to!  If you can’t offer an actual solution, then how about you pour yourself a big, steaming cup of [expletive deleted], and give way to others with brains larger than an average walnut who can actually help?

There, I feel much better now.

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Apr 20, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

Paint.NET FTW

By the way, I failed to mention what I used to draw the paper airplane in my last post.

I considered using the copy of Paint Shop Pro X I bought years ago, which has been my 2-D graphics application of choice since the mid-1990’s.  It’s a great tool, but my copy is several generations old now, and I don’t really feel like coughing up the cash to upgrade.  Ever since PSP went from a simple paint program to a full-fledged photo editing suite, it’s had a ton of features I just never use in my line of work.  All I need are the bare essentials to make graphics around which I can develop software.  Anything professional I need, I can leave to an actual graphic artist.

So I went on the prowl for something open source or freeware (or cheap at the very least), and came across a few names that seemed interesting.  Gimp sounded like a solid choice that’s withstood the test of time, but I didn’t care for the UI all that much.  Pinta caught my eye, but it too seemed geared more toward photo editing than graphic arts.  But Pinta did mention that it was based off of something called Paint.NET, so I gave it a try…

…and I fell in love.  Very few features proved too vague for me to figure out intuitively, and the tools are very much in line with what I consider essential for a basic paint program.

Thanks for the perk, you guys!  I have a feeling I’m going to be using Paint.NET a lot in the foreseeable future.

Apr 12, 2010 Posted by | Tools | , , , | Leave a comment