Photoshop Bloater

I tried to edit an Adobe Photoshop file the other day. It had sparkling stars created using Layer Effects, so I couldn't use GIMP.

Wikipedia Gimp 2.6.0

I tried to edit an Adobe Photoshop file the other day. It had sparkling stars created using Layer Effects, so I couldn't use GIMP. I found out this is what you have to go through to get a trial version:

1. Create an Adobe Account.
2. Install Adobe Download Manager, which requires Java (TBH, I gave up here).
3. Start downloading the 815.5MB file.
4. Have a cup of tea.
5. Come back and take a while to install.
6. After 30 days, pay £614.10 in the UK for a license.

Or you can download GIMP:

1. Download 16.1MB (and that's including GTK).
2. Install. For free. As in price and liberty.

I know, Photoshop is more feature-rich than GIMP. But that's not the point. It is bloatware, proprietary bloatware that has a monopoly.

On a similar note, is it illegal to install Photoshop on a virtual machine, and then revert to a snapshot when the trial period runs out? Not that I can be bothered...