Sunday, August 2, 2009

Continuing towards GIMP 2.8

I have promised myself to write at least one post per month in this blog. In this post, I will give a general update. In essence, we are simply working our way through the important items on the 2.8 milestone list. Once those are taken care of, and once the successful GSoC 2009 projects have been merged, GIMP 2.8 will be released.

With the release of GIMP 2.8 we have some really interesting times ahead because it has been agreed that the version after that will not be released until we have completely ported GIMP to GEGL and introduced long sought for features such as a single-window mode (which I will personally ensure happens), layer groups (currently hacked on by mitch), and constructs similar to adjustment layers found in PS.

Hopefully, we will also manage to release the first development version of GIMP 2.8 as soon as possible, GIMP 2.7.0. We're just waiting for a GIMP 2.6.7 release first that the currently very busy Sven is trying to get out.


At August 2, 2009 at 10:35 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

can't wait till 16 bit support is added? any word?

At August 3, 2009 at 8:41 AM , Blogger Martin Nordholts said...

The current plan is to get serious about 16bit support in GIMP 2.10. The preparations we've had in this area in GIMP 2.6 and GIMP 2.8 has taught us what to expect and how to deal with it.

At August 4, 2009 at 5:30 PM , Blogger ZuperTruko said...

I have downloaded GIMP 2.7 some weeks ago. It has some new interesting features. I like the brush rotation and aspect ratio controls, but I miss something to flip the brush like this:

This option flips the brush like a mirror. It is not interesting in symmetrical brushes, but It would be awesome with most of artistic brushes.

I think that programming this feature doesn't need too much time, and It would be very interesting for users.

In other way, It would be awesome allowing "gradient color brushes", where the brush is saved as a grayscale image with alpha channel. This brush is coloriced from the current gradient (like color->map->gradient map). This would allow more realistic brushes but allowing color variations (for example, a flame, where You can use different shades of yellow).

I think that my first suggestion is more important and easy to program.

Sorry if my English is bad. Also, I don't know if "gradient map" exist, because I have GIMP in Spanish, and I can't change it to English and look this menu entry.

Thanks for develop GIMP.

At August 5, 2009 at 7:38 PM , Blogger Martin Nordholts said...

It should be fairly straight forward to implement mirroring, but at least for me there are more important things to hack on. If would gladly help you get into the GIMP code if you want to attempt to solve this yourself.

At August 9, 2009 at 12:12 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi, i rather new to gimp and i was wondering how to apply a patch to gimp source and if i need to compile it again to test the new patch?

At August 9, 2009 at 4:58 AM , Blogger ZuperTruko said...

Martin Nordholts: thanks for your help, but I have only a very little experience on C. I will try create a enhancement suggestion.

At August 9, 2009 at 6:35 PM , Blogger Martin Nordholts said...

@Anonymous: For help with compiling I suggest the gimp-developer mailing list. Please be specific on what you know, what you have tried, what didn't work, etc.

At August 11, 2009 at 9:27 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for all your hard work. Love GIMP!

At October 14, 2009 at 9:20 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vector layers would be great.

At November 8, 2009 at 6:12 PM , Anonymous Yaro said...

Any idea when 2.8 will be out?

At November 22, 2009 at 11:37 PM , Blogger Arne said...

Any plans for ArtRage type of realistic painting tools in Gimp?


At December 7, 2011 at 10:41 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...


Could there be any possible alternatives for GIMP 2.8 like Nik Software's Color Efex? Don't know how difficult it would be to create but to my mind it looks like a bunch of ready made presets with additional tools like doting system that applies, removes or strengthens the effect according to the textures in the image. Anyway, just a thought. Thank you very much for your magnificent work on GIMP!


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