At my last contract role, I was greatly entertained by the Content Aware Fill feature of Photoshop CS5. Wow.
I remember this from a few years ago, the Content Aware Image Sizing presented by Dr Ariel Shamir (and I see now that this was released in Photoshop CS4.
And then I look at the Free Software alternative, GNU IMP. It really doesn’t have the glitzy launch campaigns of its proprietary rival (sic). It doesn’t have the coolest new features that set you out from the crowd.
But what it does have is Freedom. And it does have 98% of the features that 98% of the population will ever want to use when editing bitmap images. And it also has a download size of Megabytes as opposed to hundreds of megabytes.
It’s good to know that Adobe ♥ Choice (though what choice now do consumers have for digital media creation?). The more cynical amongst us may suggest that this has more to do with Flash being denied a platform on iPhones by Apple, more to do with £ than ♥.
But if you truly believed in choice, wouldn’t you make all your software Free Open Source Software?