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Best Gimp for my iMac G4

Apr 21, 2011, 10:11
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Best Gimp for my iMac G4
I am using the Gimp 2.6.8 on an iMac G4/800, 768 sdram, Nvidia GeGorce2 MX, 32mb video, running Tiger 10.4.11. This version of the Gimp seems to be working fine (I am also using Olympus Studio 2 for RAW Processing for my Olympus DSLR which is the best fit). However, I notice that there is now a version 2.6.11 for Tiger. With my somewhat slower system specs., am I better to continue using Gimp 2.6.8 or to move up to 2.6.11 or if neither is the optimal version, which version best suits my computer. If, in fact, another version is more suitable, can you supply a link to that version? Thanks, Ken.
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Apr 21, 2011, 11:21
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Got the answer. Seems to be Gimp 2.4.7 is the version for Tiger PPC, will make the change.
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Apr 26, 2011, 11:22
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Please forgive me ofnuts, never saw your reply. While I see that the Tiger PPC will work for both versions, my concern is the differences in hardware requirements for both versions especially (processor speed, ram, video). My iMac is only an 800 mhz, 768 sdram, 32 meg video. Is this enough to run 2.6 or is the 2.4.7 version, which is specifically built for Tiger PPC, (2.4.6 for Tiger Intel), the version that fits the best. After trying both, 2.4.7 seems to run faster, more stable or is this just my imagination? I rarely use any significant image manipulation because I try to take quality images in the first place, so the improvements in 2.6 might not outweigh the greater compatibility of 2.4.7 with my Mac.Thanks, Ken.
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Apr 26, 2011, 14:27
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Thanks ofnuts, will check out a few versions of 2.6 to see which run better.
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Apr 26, 2011, 15:11
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(Apr 21, 2011 10:11)pixturesk Wrote:  I am using the Gimp 2.6.8 on an iMac G4/800, 768 sdram, Nvidia GeGorce2 MX, 32mb video, running Tiger 10.4.11. This version of the Gimp seems to be working fine ...

If 2.6.8 was working fine, the difference in system requirements moving up to 2.6.11 would be negligible (or more likely, nonexistent), but the advantages in bug fixes, features, and running the latest currently supported stable version would be significant.

I'm also curious where you found the information that recommended you use Gimp 2.4. The only site I can find that says this is Wilber Loves Apple. Unfortunately this project is dead, even by the admission of the owner. The reason the site still recommends Gimp 2.4 is because that is what was the current release in 2008, the last time that site was updated.

The currently updated and maintained site Gimp on OSX has packages of the latest stable release of Gimp 2.6.11 for Snow Leopard, Leopard, and Tiger (10.4.11). This site is run by the same person that used to make the builds for the older Wilber Loves Apple site.

With all this in mind, I'd have to agree with Ofnuts. Unless you notice some serious degradation in performance, or have some special requirements, using the newer version has many advantages, and few if any negatives.

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Apr 26, 2011, 19:20
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Thanks Virago. Yes I somehow got to the Wilber Loves Apple site, saw a version of 2.4.7 for Tiger PPC + 2.4.6 for Tiger Intel, so I thought 2.4.7 was really Tiger PPC specific + it came with the help files. I rarely use image manipulation software, folks waste too much time "Photoshopping!!" pictures. As primarily a film shooter (just getting into digital), I take great care in capturing the image, so "fixing" is rare for me. A lot of Mac software is very OS specific, that's why I always look for a version that suits my OS, in this case, Tiger PPC. I am also one of those that feels that the newest is not always the best but, in this case, I will go with what you suggest. Thanks again folks for all your input, Ken.
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