A Mac OS X version of the imaging program known as GIMP is in circulation, and the MacGIMP.org Web site has now posted
the first tutorial on how to create animations using MacGIMP, penned by Helen Triantafillou.
GIMP stands for GNU Image Manipulation Program, and was created as a freely distributable software application suitable for editing digital imagery like photos, creating freeform compositions and more. It’s quite a powerful application, which has been compared to commercial products like Adobe Photoshop. While it lacks some functionality that Photoshop users may take for granted, MacGIMP is a boon to Mac users looking for alternatives to commercial products for doing things like creating Web-ready graphics.
Because of Mac OS X’s UNIX underpinnings, MacGIMP’s authors were able to bring the software to the Mac platform. GIMP depends on other software in order to work, but MacGIMP’s developers have created a CD that includes everything you need to get up and running. You can visit the official
MacGIMP Web site for more details.
Triantafillou used the Windows port of GIMP to create the tutorial, so pardon the Windows-looking screenshots, but MacGIMP should have identical features and functionality. Check back with
MacGIMP.org for other tutorials and MacGIMP-related news.