Digital imaging updates

The volunteer developers behind the GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) have released the latest version of this open-source image editing application.

Version 2.6 of this free software features the ability to pan beyond an image's border, allowing users to work with that portion of the image that lies outside the canvas. The freehand select tool can now incorporate polygon shapes, and brushes come with more nuanced control, such as the ability to change the pressure, velocity and randomness of the strokes. The team also introduced a new library that should pave the way for improved high bit-depth and non-destructive editing capabilities.

And Adobe has announced that it would release version 4 of Adobe Photoshop by the end of the month as part of its Creative Suite 4 (CS 4) package of design tools. New features have been added to in aligning, blending, rotating and scaling images. When used in conjunction with latest graphics processing units, the software allows users to edit images at the highest magnification. The user interface has been improved, with new menu bars and visual folder navigation. A premium version of Photoshop, Photoshop CS4, allows users to edit three-dimensional images.

Adobe Photoshop CS4 will run for $699 and Photoshop CS4 Extended will cost $999.

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