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Default Finally – GIMP 2.8 has been released!

Finally – GIMP 2.8 has been released!
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Today the newest GIMP version 2.8 has been publically made available. The community has been eagerly waiting for it for years, but the waiting time was worth it at full extent. GIMP 2.8 comes with a huge bunch of new features and is a really big milestone in the development of GIMP.

First off – the feature that probably everyone already knows: Single window mode has arrived in GIMP! So it’s now possible to get all the content of GIMP (toolbars, docks, open documents navigation) into one single container and to get rid of the hated single floating windows that caused so much confusion for new user. But: it’s an optional feature as some people like the old way of GIMP you can switch the feature on or off while working, and you can also combine the two modes because you can group some docks together to move it around at once. So it is even better then Adobe Photoshops window management now!

Next to that feature you’re now able to group layers and move/duplicate/make-visible/delete/etc many layers at once that you combined in the group. This was also ranked very high on the most wanted features list for GIMP for years.

GIMP 2.8 comes with a extremely improved text tool, that works on-canvas and lets you make text and single characters/words of the text edit in various ways. Its somehow office-like and very intuitive to use! Not just existing stuff has been working on, GIMP 2.8 also comes with a brand new tool to transform an image on a polygon base. The so-called Cage-Transform-Tool lets you span a polygon “selection” (although its not really a selection) over a part of an image to transform the image accordingly if you move one of corners of the polygon. For the painters GIMP has been improved with a new tag&filter system for all kind of resources (brushes, textures, gradients). Take care of hundreds of brushes now and only show “flower” brushes, for example, by filtering them!

The overall usability has been improved by a new on-screen-indicatior that shows you how far an operation is to be finished (this is more intuitive than just the status bar progress text).

But much work has also been done beyond the surface. The core integration of the graph-based GEGL library has more or less been completed which is the basis for future implementations of non-destructive features. The whole projection is done using GEGL, as well as the layer modes and also the scaling of an image or layer is done using GEGL now. The color tools also make use of the library.

The overall feeling of GIMP 2.8 is also great because of the new slider widgets which allow you to use them in different very effective ways. They are now region specific – in the top part of a slider you can set a (i.e. brush size) value directly, while you can fine tune the adjustement in the bottom region. You can also enter the value directly as a number. This is a new GTK-slider-widget, however GIMP 2.8 does not yet rely on GTK3. Nevertheless GIMP is giving you a very more modernized feeling of how everything is looking and feeling. Thats by one side because of a new brushes resource set (who’s in need of a green peperoni brush in the standard set ?) and the better feeling is on the other side coming from the use of cairo that most of the filters and tools were ported to. This gives a smooth and antialiased feeling to the whole canvas.

But that’s not even the the half of the changes that have been made. We’ve been watching the development for years and documented the changes since the start of 2.7. Our Review of GIMP 2.8 is up-to-date with the very latest additions and changes… so take a look and don’t miss all of the other important stuff. Enjoy the reading!


If you use GIMP, as I do, don't get all happy and head out to download it. I checked right after reading this article and it has not yet been ported for anything other than Linux, the original hosting OS it was developed for.

I'm interested in seeing a solid single interface. I've gotten used to the three movable windows over time and it doesn't really bother me. In fact now that I am used to it, it's often a benefit cause you can move a window like the layers/ channel completely out of the way or just close it, giving more screen real estate to the image. You can actually set it up where there is very little scrolling around the image because it is housed totally within the window without over laps into the borders.

The update of GIMP has seemed to take forever. No telling how long it will be before it is ported for Mac and Windows but that's ok, it'll be here some day.

I love the idea of group management of layers. One of the old issues I always had with GIMP is working with something like a GIF image. A GIF image is a stack of single images that combine to make a moving image, like my avatar and signature. The signature one is particularly painstaking because you are working with 50 images. While the GIF format is old, it has one thing that you don't find in the newer formats such as png or jpeg. Neither of the latter image formats support transparency. Only GIF does.

I hope to be able one day to say the newer version is out for Windows. Were it not for graphics I'd probably be running Linux, where I first met GIMP. But Linux doesn't support the 5 or 6 programs that I work between.
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Thanks for the report and extra help photostill, I have moved this to Computer news section.
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My appreciation for your help. I had not thought of it belonging to here. *smiles* To me it was 'eagerly' awaited news.

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GIMP 2.8 has now been ported for Windows and is available for download at this link.
http://www.gimp.org/downloads/
I've downloaded it but not yet installed it. At present I've been using 2.6 near daily for things like resizing images, changing formats to different types of image containers, but hardly a day goes by I don't use it for something.
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GIMP is a photoeditor. It was originally for Linux only. It became popular enough that they had to port it to both Windows and to Mac. It's the open software equivalent of Photoshop. Almost every image I do of any sort goes through GIMP at some point. Those you see as my avatar and sig are no exception as they were resized in it and the text added in the signature with it.
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GIMP is a photoeditor. It was originally for Linux only. It became popular enough that they had to port it to both Windows and to Mac. It's the open software equivalent of Photoshop. Almost every image I do of any sort goes through GIMP at some point. Those you see as my avatar and sig are no exception as they were resized in it and the text added in the signature with it.
Oh WOW, but I never have the patients or any idea about these image things, One day I will sit down and teach myself.
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