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Windows 7: Gimp and Windows 7 x64

22 Apr 2011   #21
Mike Connor

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jerryc999 View Post
Hey Guys,

I noticed that the GIMP help files are a seperate downloadable .exe package. Is the help system a seperate application or is it cnnected to the GIMP application. Will the help package work with either the 32 or 64 bit versions? As a new user I will need the Help files.

It's a separate package;

GIMP - Downloads

The built in GIMP help browser does not work on Windows, you have to set it up to use your default internet browser. It works with both versions.

It can be used as a manual, or as context help etc:

Regards....Mike Connor

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23 Apr 2011   #22

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Well Guys,

I am Gimp'ing along. After considerable debate I decided to try the 32 bit and switch to 64 if I had problems. So far it's great! It loads very fast (3 - 4 seconds). I believe all graphics applications will have their not so great moments. I contemplated buying either Paint Shop Ultimate or Photo Elements 9 until I read the opinions of others. I got hooked on GIMP after watching some YouTube demos.

The Windows 7 forum is super. I was most worried about something going wild on installation. I did not know that one could produce an image back-up until I went through some tutorials on the forum. I created a restore point and did an image back-up before installing.

Now I just have to learn GIMP. That's fun for me. I am armed with Akkana Peck's 10 pound book. I just completed the first exercise and created some neat "cool metal font." Simple, but very impressive! Gimp seems to have a vast array of "built-in" capabilities.

I want to thank you both for your honest opinions. 64 or 32, perhaps it matters not, I guess you both agree GIMP is a superb application. For sure the price is right!

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24 Apr 2011   #23
Mike Connor

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate

Oh I don't think there is any doubt that you will be very happy with it. It really is superb software, and the price can't be beaten! ( Not unless somebody actually pays you to use their stuff! :) ).

I don't think it matters much at all what version you use in regard to speed, I have not noticed any difference, although I haven't actually timed them. I would imagine the 64 BIT version is a little faster, because it obviously has less code overhead etc. I use the 32 BIT version primarily because of the add-ons.

You may like to try this;


I find it extremely useful, even though I use a dual monitor setup.

Also, try the GIMP paint studio add-on. It is really very good indeed.

Regards....Mike Connor
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