Thursday, May 3

GIMP 2.8 Released, Install from PPA


GIMP 2.8 has been finally released after being in development for more than three years. New features include single window mode, layer groups, on canvas text editing etc.

Full features of GIMP 2.8
  • Single-Window Mode optionally displays all images and dockable dialogs in one window instead of several (which remains the default).
  • Layer Groups allow layers to be organized in tree-like structures.
  • Editing text with the Text Tool is now performed on-canvas instead of in a separate window. Mixing different text styles in the same layer is now possible.
  • Saving and exporting are now separate activities. Saving an image can only be done in GIMP's native XCF format.
  • Size entries allow simple mathematical expressions, like "50%", "30in + 40px" or "4 * 5.4in".
  • The brush dynamics engine has been expanded considerably, making almost all aspects of the brush engine drivable by a multitude of inputs, all of them configurable with their own response curve.
  • State of tools is now savable as presets with meaningful names.
  • A completely new Cage transform tool has been added, implementing an innovative approach to free transformation which makes it possible to easily warp parts of objects using an adjustable user-defined polygonal frame.
  • New widgets, configuration and other improvements for users of advanced input devices (e.g. tablets).
  • It is now possible to tag GIMP resources such as brushes and patterns.
  • Lots of other minor improvements and bugfixes.
To Install GIMP 2.8 from PPA in Ubuntu 12.04 and 11.10, run the commands below. These are GIMP 2.8 RC1 builds but newer stable builds will be available soon. Also, these packages may break your system or existing GIMP installation so use them at your own risk.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get install gimp

GIMP 2.8 Source Code can be downloaded from here.

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