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The website that grew, part 12

4th November 2013
Categories: gimp, mobile, tWtG

(for previous installments, try the tWtG category)

A glitch occurred in the website building process, when John tried to look at the website from his phone.

"This is tiny.  How are people supposed to buy cheese from this?"

Kate had briefly discussed mobile website support with Hugh, their web developer, but dismissed it early on because of the cost.

"All you have to do is pinch and zoom.  If people are buying loads from us, we can make a prettier mobile website in a second phase."

"Hmm" said John, but he decided not to argue.

There was another problem with the issue of photographs.  Hugh's website content management system allowed Kate and the others to upload large photos of cheese boards and cheese wrapped in packets, but they would need to take photos on a regular basis, and the photos needed cropping and colour correction.  Hugh wouldn't be able to do this for them every week, unless they paid him.

Hugh introduced Kate to GIMP, a free photo editing tool which does many of the things Photoshop does.  "It's a little quirky", said Hugh, "but once you know how to do the basic things, it's very quick and easy."  Kate struggled at first, but after a session with Hugh and some reading of the online GIMP tutorials, managed to do what she needed.

Finally the website was ready to launch.  Hugh's company put it live and then switched on Google Ads to get more traffic to the site.

Photoshop turns to subscription model

7th May 2013
Categories: gimp, graphics, photoshop

Adobe announced recently at its "Max" conference that Photoshop and other Adobe products would be moving to a subscription model.

I can understand websites which use a subscription model - you (the customer) are regularly using services which they (the supplier) need to constantly maintain.  Or a service like dropbox, which maintains a set of file servers constantly connected to the internet so that your computer can use them at any time of day or night.

Downloadable software, on the other hand, has been written, tested, and finally made available via a shop, downloaded onto your computer, and is expected to work as written.

It's a bit like electricity - you can buy it in the mains or in a battery.  But charging a subscription fee or software that should just work is like trying to charge a subscription fee for a battery.

On a side note - lots of great graphics have been created with GIMP!

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