Jeff Bailey on 14 Dec 2011 08:57:36 -0800

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Re: [PLUG] observational: user hostility

I generally agree with most of what was said - GIMP has a learning curve.  An application that has less functionality will be "more natural" to a beginner (taken to an extreme, if there's only 1 function, it shouldn't be too hard to figure out).  GIMP has a ton of functionality, and will take some time/practice to get used to.

Excel will add 2 numbers, but a calculator would have a "more natural" interface...
Although, I'd compare it more to flying a plane without lessons, rather than driving a ferrari, as I feel that driving come pretty naturally to most people.

On 12/14/11, Julien Vehent wrote:

I found both photoshop and gimp to be equally frustrating from a beginner's 

After a while, and a few dozens pictures/photos manipulation with gimp, I'd 
say it's an excellent tool for the job.

Question is: up to what point can you really make complicated things 
user-friendly ? I wouldn't expect to know how to drive a ferrari without 
taking at least one driving lesson. Same goes, I think, with most evolved 
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