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Score 8.9 out of 100

Attribute Ratings

  • GIMP is rated higher in 2 areas: Usability, Support Rating
  • Unity is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

8.6

GIMP

86%
9 Ratings
9.3

Unity

93%
11 Ratings

Usability

10.0

GIMP

100%
1 Rating
9.0

Unity

90%
1 Rating

Support Rating

9.3

GIMP

93%
7 Ratings
8.4

Unity

84%
7 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

GIMP Development Team

GIMP is great for anyone ranging from personal use to a small business. But, if you are a large business and have a sufficient budget, I would recommend you to opt for an expensive paid software like Photoshop, that would provide not only great features but also public recognition. Its great for beginners wanting to start editing photos, there is a small learning curve that could be gotten used to in no time.
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Unity Technologies

Unity is excellent for 2D and 3D games and educational experiences. It is well-suited for VR and AR development. It is also a great platform for mobile games. It is less-suited for non-game purposes (although it can certainly be used for those as well), or educational experiences. It is also less-suited for AR experiences that are highly complex, where you will probably want to write the native code in Android Studio or Xcode, as the case may be. It is theoretically less-suited for cases where performance is a huge concern as well, although, in my experience, performance has never been a problem.
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Pros

GIMP Development Team

  • GIMP has a very intuitive interface so now as a user you can always layer all the images or make a different image from scratch.
  • One thing that I really like about GIMP is that it has a relatively smaller learning curve which can agitate many things that we don’t want so it’s better to keep this topic on the side for a while.
  • This product has so many large tools at the disposal stage which are used for manipulating different types of images and simultaneously exporting any type of unnecessary stuff.
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Unity Technologies

  • Unity is a multiplatform game engine. It has more than 20 options for exporting your game, ranging from desktop, mobile, console, web and, lately, VR and AR. Unity was one of the first game engines able to export games playable on internet browsers and it helped to cement the World Wide Web as a place fit for gaming.
  • Unity has a very smooth learning curve for beginners. It is easy to start and soon you are seeing some tangible results of your efforts. The game engine has all sorts of helpers and shortcuts to facilitate some frequent tasks in game development.
  • Another of Unity's advantage is the access to Assets Store from within the game engine, allowing the user to import instantly objects, scripts and textures from the store into their projects. Such easy access to these elements from inside a project greatly enhances speed production and is particularly helpful to beginners.
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Cons

GIMP Development Team

  • The UI could be revamped to reflect more modern UI trends (for example, material design look)
  • The Export menu could be made more intuitive and allow to easily choose file extension, quality etc.
  • Would be great if GIMP natively supported digital negative files (RAW)
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Unity Technologies

  • It works great on high-spec PCs and laptops, but it lags horribly on low-spec PCs and laptops.
  • For individual developers, it costs a hefty amount of money to launch the game because of the high cost of assets and subscriptions.
  • There are fewer and lower-quality video courses to study on Unity.
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Pricing Details

GIMP

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

GIMP editions and modules pricing
EditionModules

Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Unity

    Starting Price

    $0

    Editions & Modules

    Unity editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules
    PersonalFree1
    Plus3992
    Pro1,8003
    Enterprise2004

    Footnotes

    1. none
    2. per person/per year
    3. per person/per year
    4. per person/per month

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Usability

    GIMP Development Team

    I interface GIMP with other software--I need to. I generally use the major calculation, CAD, word processing, and photo editing programs. In my office, my use of this software is not limited to computer-aided design. However, I am sure that if I needed this software for other purposes, it would have no interface problems.
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    Unity Technologies

    It's actually incredibly easy to use given the complex tasks you have. Once you learn the various windows it becomes second nature. Compared to something like Blender (which I would probably rate as a 2 on usability), the learning curve of Unity is a breeze! The only improvements I can think of would be to streamline some common workflows so you don't have to dig through menus to find them.
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    Support Rating

    GIMP Development Team

    We have never needed to use the support functions for GIMP. Any queries we have or had about whether GIMP could complete a task we have used Google and YouTube. There is a wealth of information, guides, and forums dedicated to GIMP and how to perform certain tasks with the application.
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    Unity Technologies

    The support of unity is what distinguish its from other platforms. You can download any assets and that asset library will guide you and if its still not work for you then you can ask in their community where there are tons of professional developer waiting to answer your query. So yah Unity support staff is what impress me the most and I would give it the 10/10.
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    Alternatives Considered

    GIMP Development Team

    I looked at getting Adobe Illustrator before finding GIMP. The cost was prohibitive to me, as I was looking for something that would allow me to work on the images I had at a low cost. I could not justify buying Adobe Illustrator for the small amount of use I would get out of it. GIMP is the perfect solution, allowing me to do what I need with no cost for the software.
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    Unity Technologies

    We love utilizing unreal engines but we seem to have a better use case for the architectural visualization side of things. This has given us the ability to find better more photo-realistic assets from not only the marketplace but 3rd party sites that have a unity bases file to work off of.
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    Return on Investment

    GIMP Development Team

    • It can be run on low-resource computers.
    • It is cross-platform software.
    • It has excellent support and an active community that keeps you updated.
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    Unity Technologies

    • Unity has a positive impact because, as of now, we don't have to pay for our license because we do not go beyond the revenue roof.
    • We cannot say more than that because the games that we are producing in Unity are not yet launched.
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