I see Gilles created the tag image-manipulation, and it happens to be used exactly once. I'm wondering if that was an oversight, or if it's supposed to be distinct from image-editor tag.

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I think the image-manipulation tag could be applied to command line tools such as convert or imagemagick, whereas image-editor would be more relevant to Image Editing GUI applications, such as GIMP.

So for me these two tags are a bit different.

  • The distinction can be a bit vague. I'm now thinking of Nautilus' plugin, which allows one to resize or rotate images. Following your argument, it seems to me this would fit into [image-manipulation] tag, but then it's GUI.
    – tshepang
    Dec 8, 2010 at 7:25
  • @Tshepang: My reasoning was exactly what Stefan explained. For me an editor is interactive, so montage or any other automated program doesn't fit image-editor. I'm not committed to the tag names, but I do think there should be two different tags. Dec 8, 2010 at 19:59
  • @Gilles Curiously, would you tag the Nautilus plugin I mentioned image-manipulation?
    – tshepang
    Dec 8, 2010 at 20:31
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    @Tshepang: If I want to hand-draw a red circle over a screenshot I'll use an image editor. If I want to trim a large bunch of photos automatically I won't use an image editor. I'm not sure about this Nautilus plug-in as I haven't seen it, it may just be an edge case. Still, it doesn't really sound like an image editor since you'd be manipulating the image as a whole. Dec 8, 2010 at 20:42

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