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Win32 application error message

Oct 6, 2010, 16:52
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Win32 application error message
Yesterday I downloaded GIMP 2.6. Supposedly, that was a successful download (as stated at the end of the download process). I've tried to open different digital images shot with Nikon and Canon cameras to try some of the GIMP tools and have received the following error message with each effort and image: "The image is not a valid WIN32 application." Presumably, I have been unable to open these images with GIMP because of this error message.

Some of the images I had attempted to open with GIMP are stored in the Microsoft XP "My Pictures" file. Others are stored in basic files, categorized by topic, which I have created for storage and easy access. All of these images have previously been opened with Adobe Photloshop Elements 2.0, 7.0, and either the Canon or Nikon programs designed to edit the images. Given the ease with which the photos have been opened and edited in the past with these other editing programs, what would make them invalid with GIMP? I haven't even been able to open up my digital photos with GIMP, let alone edit them with GIMP tools.

Maybe the GIMP program download was not as successful as indicated. Is there a recommended download site (or sites)? Any other ideas about how to make the GIMP 2.6 program open my images? Is there a more recent version of GIMP that would work?

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Oct 6, 2010, 17:37
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RE: Win32 application error message
The message "The image is not a valid WIN32 application.", may mean that Windows thinks the image is an EXE... So the problem would not be with Gimp but with Windows file associations.

To check that Gimp is OK, start it from the Start menu, then use File/Open... or merely drag the file from the explorer to the Gimp window.

I'm a Gimp fan but I would not use Gimp as the default "opener" for image files (except XCF which is its native format). A quick browser (Windows built-in or else) is a more sensible option.

If Gimp is not OK, where did you download it from? The standard Windows installer is there:
http://gimp-win.sourceforge.net/stable.html

Which version of Windows do you run?

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Oct 6, 2010, 18:42
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RE: Win32 application error message
Thanks for responding. I'm running XP SP3. I downloaded from GIMP-WIN, the "Stable Version Download", GIMP for Windows (version 2.6.10), 19.1 MB.

I did as you suggested and dragged an image over to the GIMP icon. That opened the image in GIMP. I clicked on the Selections button and all of the applications seemed to be activated. I tried the "sharpen" icon which, when I clicked on it, reacted like it was activated, but I saw no change in the image. The photo is sharp as is, but even so I was expecting some change, bad, good, or at least noticeable, but there was no apparent effect at all.

Is there a tutoring file somewhere that I could access? While the GIMP applications may be intuitive to other users, I think I might need some tutoring to make the tools work.

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Oct 6, 2010, 23:53
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RE: Win32 application error message
AFAIK there is no "sharpen" icon. There is a Filter/Enhance/Sharpen menu, that cause a dialog to appear, with a preview window and a "sharpness" slider. And its effects are very visible, even on a sharp photo.

Google for "GIMP Tutorials". They abound. Take them with a grain of salt, since most date back to Version 2.2 or 2.4 and the UI has evolved a bit with 2.6

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Oct 7, 2010, 05:01
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RE: Win32 application error message
Thanks, Ofnuts. I found the enhance/sharpen "button" you directed me to in "The Toolbox" display page. The "sharpen" button I found earlier was in a dropdown display under the "Select" tab on the GNU Image Manipulation Program page which displays on the screen at the same time as The Toolbox displays when activating the GIMP program.

I think I've got enough orientation to the program now that I can muddle my way through testing the various GIMP tools. That said, I will probably be back for some newbie guidance sooner than I'd like to admit.

Thanks again for responding.

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