Monday, September 8, 2008

Quick review of Seashore

Seashore is a promising application, aiming to deliver a Mac OS X-version of the popular GIMP image manipulation program. I did a quick review of 0.1.9 and found the following:
  • This build is dated April 2007, which seems to indicate development has stalled - which is too bad...
  • The Open with... option in the Finder did not work for me when I selected Seashore.
  • Full quantization support has not been ported yet, so there is no option to reduce the number of colors.
  • There is a Select menu, but some of the selection actions are under the Edit menu (Select All, Alpha, Inverse, None). This seems counter-intuitive.
  • Zoom in and zoom out are under the keyboard shortcuts Cmd-Up and Cmd-Down respectively. Typically these are under Cmd-Plus and Cmd-Minus.
  • There is no autocrop feature.
  • Overall, the application looks very nice. It feels like a decent Mac OS X-citizen.
My conclusion is that it's a very promising application, that may be able to beat Photoshop Elements and Acorn one day. But not today.

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