[Scribus] Inkscape and Gimp

Craig Bradney cbradney
Thu Jun 1 22:48:53 CEST 2006

On Thursday 01 June 2006 22:08, Louis Desjardins wrote:
> momo a ?crit :
> >>>Another great feature would be cmyk support in both programs, also like
> >>>in the Adobe Creative Suite. I would much rather see that happen than to
> >>>get a 'smart objects' feature in each.
> >>>
> >>>~Nate
> >
> > I agree with that, CMYK should be a priority when speaking of prepress.
> > GIMP or Inkscape are almost unusable for prepress until today since they
> > don't work with CMYK. In Inkscape the CMYK color model support is planned
> > for a future release (SVG 1.2 specification i think...).
> >
> > GIMP developers should be ashamed because they focused on "interesting"
> > and "funny" functions rather than developing the functionallity needed
> > for professional work. Because of that, GIMP is not used by
> > professionals, has a weird usability and will never make it in the
> > professional world. I'd rather turn my eyes on Krita, a very promising
> > image editing software that WILL have CMYK support.
> >
> > Regards,
> >
> > Mourad Mokrane
> > Lumen Design Studio
> > www.lumenstudio.net
> Hi Mourad,
> May I kindly ask that we refrain from using such words as *ashamed* in
> order to keep the discussion on target as well as keep the spirit of the
> ML of Scribus its high level of "courtoisie"! :-)
> I am a professionnal and I claim that Scribus can be very reliably used
> for some professionnal work in very specific workflow. At the same time,
> I don't use Scribus on a professionnal basis yet for many very good
> reasons that go from font manipulation to text handling and to all sorts
> of tiny details that are important to us. Nonetheless, I am not saying
> the devels should be "ashamed" of anything. Instead, I try to help this
> project the best I can and I can foresee that it will be very soon a
> serious alternative to many proprietary DTP apps.
> The same applies for GIMP and Inkskape and other OSS projects.
> GIMP is missing CMYK and the devels *are* aware of this. We have had
> discussions on this with them at LGM and there are plans to address this
> issue in the coming versions. We just have to be patient.
> It could prove to be useful, instead of judging other's work in such a
> manner, to contact those people and offer them your help.
> It's only a suggestion.

And on top of that.. Inkscape and Gimp *are* very good products. That is 
undoubtable, and whether they reach prepress capability one day is not even 
in the same realm of them "being ashamed". They are VERY good tools for their 
*current* tasks. They have a big future, perhaps they will both grow, as it 
looks like, into handling the needs of press too.

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