> > Anyone know if there are paint programs like Deluxe Paint out for Linux ?
Not exactly - but if you remember DPaint from using it on the Amiga, you
might remember drooling over Paul Nolan's Photogenics, too - and it's
still going strong:
Photogenics 5.0 is now available on Linux (and windows, and for wince PDAs!)
Photogenics is different again to DPaint or the Gimp, but it's excellent for
from-scratch pixel-pushing artwork - Any idiot can whip up beautiful abstract
desktop backgrounds in a matter of minutes with it -
imagine it as a bit like drawing in real-time with gimp script-fu plugins.
It's quite cool, though not open source. The trial version is a 1.4 MB
download, and I strongly recommend checking it out.
> > The question came up, as Padraig here spends his time trying to draw a
> > line in the Gimp, which sucks ass for creating stuff from scratch.
Personally, I too find the gimp very unsuited to original work. It is after
all an "image manipulation" package, not a "paint/animation package" as
Amiga-people understood the term:
For those who haven't seen them, DPaint (and similar packages like
PPaint) were simply great bitmapped-graphics packages - they worked like
ultra-mega-powerful versions of the cheesy "paint" and icon editing packages
you see in the "accessories" folders of things like windows.
Cloanto still sell PPaint 7.1b bundled with their "Amiga Forever" commercial
version of UAE - works fine on Linux and Windows.
* Anything which _requires_ me to faff about with selection tools before
drawing is annoying, doubly so if selection-tool faffing is the official way
to draw geometric primitives like circles and rectangles. I much prefer
optional stencil tools.
* A package which doesn't allow me to use full-colour animated brushes, and
to paint onto animations with those animated brushes, is a step backwards from
DPaint III... Extra annoying if you can only use monochrome, static brushes...
* Anything which doesn't have several independent clipboards and/or brush
selections is pushing it a bit, and is hopeless if I can't arbitrarily pick up
a part of an image with a click-and-drag operation and use it as a brush from
* Anything which doesn't have a real-time symmetry-painting tool with
simultaneous color-cycling is hopeless for when you're drunk/stoned...
Maintained by the ILUG website team. The aim of Linux.ie is to
support and help commercial and private users of Linux in Ireland. You can
display ILUG news in your own webpages, read backend
information to find out how. Networking services kindly provided by HEAnet, server kindly donated by
Dell. Linux is a trademark of Linus Torvalds,
used with permission. No penguins were harmed in the production or maintenance
of this highly praised website. Looking for the
Indian Linux Users' Group? Try here. If you've read all this and aren't a lawyer: you should be!