Easiest way to run GIMP on a Mac (in my experience) is to use Gimp.app
I would recommend AGAINST the native experimental build. It's cool
and runs without X11, but it has a few noticeable bugs. Eventually,
this will be the way to go.
The X11 builds should be good for just about anyone else!
Hope that's helpful.
On Tue, Jun 24, 2008 at 3:45 PM, Joseph James Frantz
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> How Yens,
> Since I sent out the update yesterday I've gotten several requests about
> GIMP on MAC. GIMP is available for more Operating Systems than any program
> of its kind, and this does of course include Mac. I've quoted the GIMP site
> from this link for you Mac lovers:
> I hope the following information is helpful.
> Many Kind Regards,
> Joseph James Frantz
> GIMP for Mac OS X
> Getting and Installing GIMP
> There are various ways to obtain and install GIMP for your Macintosh. In
> addition to the source code distribution here on www.gimp.org, there are
> various alternative sources for packaged and even commercially distributed
> CDs, which aim to make installation and setup an easier task. These include:
> Wilber loves Apple is a community that provides GIMP packages and help for
> Mac OS X users.
> MacPorts provide an easy way to install various open-source software
> products on Mac OS X. They have GIMP 2.4 in the latest revisions.
> The MacGIMP project provides GIMP for Mac OS X in a packaged CD format. But
> they don't offer GIMP 2.4 yet.
> GIMP will only run on Mac OS X, not on version 9 or earlier of the Macintosh
> operating system. There are a number of reasons why it is unlikely that GIMP
> will ever run on older versions of Mac OS. In addition to Mac OS X, the
> following is a list of what you will need to run GIMP on your Macintosh:
> X Windowing Layer
> GIMP uses a separate windowing layer, the X11 windowing protocol, on Mac OS
> X, which must be installed first. The XDarwin project provides this
> functionality. Apple used to provide their own version of this windowing
> layer, based on XFree86. Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) now ships with an X11.app
> based on the X.Org 7.2 release.
> Graphics libraries and toolkits
> Unlike most Linux distributions, Mac OS X does not come with the open source
> libraries upon which GIMP is built. These are typically installed along with
> GIMP, but can be installed separately. If you want to compile GIMP from
> source, we suggest that you use MacPorts or fink to install the libraries it
> depends on.
> Help and Documentation
> GIMP Documentation
> The XDarwin forums are one place to discuss compatibility and installation
> In addition, there are forums at the GIMP User Group.
> GIMP's user interface is designed to let you work as efficiently as
> possible. Since the primary menu in GIMP is accessed by a right-click in the
> image window, it is advisable for Mac users (who all have a single mouse
> button by default) to obtain a multi-button USB mouse. Another workaround
> for this problem is to configure your window manager, say for example under
> XDarwin, to map the control-click to be right-click.
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