In working on the Firefox Toobar for eBay project, I found a need to do some simple image processing tasks -- I needed to take some bitmapped graphics that we have sitting around in the toolbar for IE product, convert them from bitmap to PNG format, and make the background on each image transparent. I had been using a Photoshop evaluation to do this, but since my eval has run out I needed something else. I'm not a graphic artist, and its only on occasion that I need to work with graphics, so I didn't feel I could justify the cost of Photoshop. So, I figured I'd try out the GIMP, the open source alternative to Photoshop. I tried it a few years ago and found it baffling to use. This time, however, my experience was much more positive. I was able to figure out how to use the tools I needed, and figured out how to do what I needed to do in about 15 minutes -- about the same amount of time it took when I was trying this same task with Photoshop. I can't comment on whether it is good enough to replace Photoshop for professional artists, but for occasional image hackers like me, I bet that it will work just fine.