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Your Questions About X11 Mac

June 11, 2013

Mark asks…

Can someone help me with GIMP?

I downloaded it, and there’s no problem with that, but once I try to run it (on my Mac) it says “This Application has quit unexpectedly” like… the SECOND after I try to run it. And if I download another version of GIMP, it says I need X11 or something like that to run it. Someone please help me?

Administrator answers: ~mac


Gimp macintosh


X11 for Mac OS X


Daniel asks…

Downloading GIMP help?

Ok so I have been trying to download GIMP on my Mac OS X 10.4.11 so I have gotten to the point (this is from a guide I’m using) “Click continue, agree to the software license agreement and choose the hard drive you want to install on. Next, click the arrow next to Applications and select the checkbox that says X11. Then click the button on the lower right corner (mine says “Upgrade” but yours should say “Install”).”

But when it says to pick a destination to download X11 for Mac it shows only my Macintosh HD with a notice that says “You cannot install X11 on this volume. Newer Software already exists on this computer.”

So what am I supposed to do O.O

Also I already downloaded GIMP before downloading X11 and it won’t open
As you can see I’m totally lost
Please help me!

Administrator answers:

Your trying to install a version of GIMP that’s older then the currently installed version on your hard drive. Verify that that’s the version you want vs the version you have, and uninstall the version of GIMP already on that drive, then run the install again. You should get the Install instead of Upgrade at that point.

Jenny asks…

is there any good free picture editing software out there?

Administrator answers:


GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.

It has many capabilities. It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, an image format converter, etc.

GIMP is expandable and extensible. It is designed to be augmented with plug-ins and extensions to do just about anything. The advanced scripting interface allows everything from the simplest task to the most complex image manipulation procedures to be easily scripted.

GIMP is written and developed under X11 on UNIX platforms. But basically the same code also runs on MS Windows and Mac OS X.
Features and Capabilities

This is only a very quickly thrown together list of GIMP features. You can also have a look at the illustrated features overview.

* Painting
o Full suite of painting tools including Brush, Pencil, Airbrush, Clone, etc.
O Sub-pixel sampling for all paint tools for high quality anti-aliasing
o Extremely powerful gradient editor and blend tool
o Supports custom brushes and patterns
* System
o Tile based memory management so image size is limited only by available disk space
o Virtually unlimited number of images open at one time
* Advanced Manipulation
o Full alpha channel support
o Layers and channels
o Multiple Undo/Redo (limited only by diskspace)
o Editable text layers
o Transformation tools including rotate, scale, shear and flip
o Selection tools including rectangle, rounded rectangle, ellipse, free, fuzzy
o Foreground extraction tool
o Advanced path tool doing bezier and polygonal selections.
O Transformable paths, transformable selections.
O Quickmask to paint a selection.
* Extensible
o A Procedural Database for calling internal GIMP functions from external programs as in Script-fu
o Advanced scripting capabilities (Scheme, Python, Perl)
o Plug-ins which allow for the easy addition of new file formats and new effect filters
o Over 100 plug-ins already available
* Animation
o Load and save animations in a convenient frame-as-layer format
o MNG support
o Frame Navigator (in GAP, the GIMP Animation Package)
o Onion Skin (in GAP, the GIMP Animation Package)
o Bluebox (in GAP, the GIMP Animation Package)
* File Handling
o File formats supported include bmp, gif, jpeg, mng, pcx, pdf, png, ps, psd, svg, tiff, tga, xpm, and many others
o Load, display, convert, save to many file formats
o SVG path import/export
* Much, much more!

Download it here:

Hope I helped


Rohan ;)

Sharon asks…

what xbox 360 headset should i get?

Well, it seems that my mic isn’t working. surprise surprise after 3 mics. it broke again. lmao.
Idk why microsoft makes defective mics. *sigh* which headset should i get? with some quality and cheap price would be nice.

Administrator answers:

Well i have had and used the xbox wireless headset for 3 years now and it still works like a champ. No problems at all. And my kid has the Turtle Beach X11 and it is NICE. If you want small and dont need to hear the game through the headset then get the microsoft one. Its performance over a regular wired headset is beyond anything i ever thouught it would be. Its like why would anybody use a wired mic? Its 100 times bettter. Get the turtle beach if you want the tv to be quiet when you play or what not. You can also use it with your PC. Here are links:

Sandy asks…

I already downloaded gimp in my mac but how do I open it ?

Administrator answers:

You might need to install the latest version of X11 before running Gimp. Look for the download link at the site you downloaded Gimp for the latest version of X11. Double click on the dmg file you downloaded then drag and drop Gimp’s icon to the Applications directory. Eject the virtual disk and delete the download. You can then launch Gimp from Applications, drag and drop Gimp’s icon to the Dock to create a shortcut.

Betty asks…

HOW DO you make a bar graph on a mac lap top?!?

i need to make a bar graph.. right now.. and im using a mac laptop.. where do i go what do i do?!

Administrator answers:

Here is what you do:

1. Download Openoffice which is a free opensource office suite like MS office. But its FREE and pretty good:

2. Click the Mac OS link to download that version

3. BEFORE you INSTALL openoffice, you have to get your Leopard, or tiger install/restore CD’s and put it in your computer. Then search it for “X11″. X11 is a windows runtime environment, which will let you run openoffice, since openoffice is not specifically written for OSX.

4. Install X11…

5. Now you can install Openoffice. Open office has a spreadsheet program just like MS excell. If you know how to make a graph in excell, you can make a graph in openoffice.

Hope that helps. ^_^

William asks…

Can you use Gimp on Mac OS 10.3.9?

Looking for a version of gimp i can use on Mac OS 10.3.9, if you know a different program that has the same features as gimp that would be appreciated too :)

Administrator answers:

Make sure you download the correct version and have Apple X11 installed,
you may require older 1.x or 2.x versions

GIMP on OS X ~mac

Apple – X11 for Mac OS X



ChocoFlop Photo Editing Mac

Seashore – mac

Picasa for Mac:

RhapSoft – LiveQuartz


Richard asks…

multi-use for the turtle beach Ear Force X11?

im going to start doing some video game stuff on youtube and i was told these are good quality has good sound and i was only wondering, could i use these for my PS3 and my PC? i know it says Xbox 360 and then MAC and PC but since it has a USB connection couldnt it also be used for the PS3?

Administrator answers:

No it can only be used for PC, not PS3, sorry.


Ruth asks…

MAC photo editting program?

i have a mac desktop and i was wondering if there are any free programs u could download online to edit a photo like a program that can focus on a person and clear out the skin.
thanks !

Administrator answers:

I take it, you’re looking for free software…
The classic open source, feature-rich photo editing software would be GIMP which lets you do a lot of things, including smoothing skin using various techniques, some easy to apply, some a bit more demanding. There are also tons of tutorials that you can find on the Internet. The only downside of GIMP on Mac OS X is that it only runs in the X11 window system which is not very elegant, but it works.


(the user manual is a separate download link further down on the page)

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