GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Project) got a refresher through the new version that is GIMP version 2.8, this is a stable version has just been released by GIMP developers. GIMP 2.8 brings several improvements in terms of technical and user interface, including editing mode that has been long anticipated.
GIMP is one image editing apps alternative to Photoshop, although not directly comparable. GIMP can work in Linux Variant, Mac, and Windows.
Now GIMP 2.8 brings single-window editing mode. so, GIMP users do not need to feel bothered by document windows and tool palettes that previously appeared separately.
Although the single-window mode to expectation GIMP user, GIMP developers are not provide by default. The developer provides an option for users who still want to work in multiple window mode.
Now the “save” features in GIMP 2.8 is only devoted to store an image in XCF format. Other than XCF format, users can use the “export” features.
Here’s New features of GIMP 2.8 Stable:
- Single Window Mode: you can finally use a single main window instead of overlapping floating windows. This is optional and can be turned on from the Windows menu.
- On-canvas text editing: editing text is not performed in a separate window anymore.
- Multi-column dock windows which makes the GIMP UI a lot more customizable
- Improved screen real estate for dockable dialogs
- Using “Save” now saves the file in the GIMP XCF format and it can’t be used for saving PNG and other files. For non-XCF file types, you now have to use the “Export” menu entry.
- You can now create layer groups which can be organized in tree-like structures
- Brush system and tool preset improvements
- You can now tag brushes and patterns
- New slider widgets
- A new set of default brushes and tool presets from Ramon Miranda
- Brushes can now be rotated
- New open window navigation which displays a small preview for each tab
- Tools rendering on canvas have been ported to Cairo to provide smooth antialiased graphics
- A new “Lock Pixels” feature
- Support for JPEG2000 and loading 16bit (RGB565) raw data.
- Export color values to CSS, PHP, Java, Python or plain text
- Core integration of the graph-based GEGL library
- Export to PDF
- New tool: Cage Transform which makes it possible to easily warp parts of objects using an adjustable user-defined polygonal frame
Install GIMP 2.8 Stable in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Via PPA
To install GIMP 2.8 stable in Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin or Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot, add it the PPA by typing command below:
sudo apt-get autoremove gimp gimp-plugin-registry sudo add-apt-repository ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install gimp
Downgrade GIMP 2.8 to GIMP Older Version
If you don’t want to use the GIMP 2.8 packages from the PPA above for whatever reasons, you can purge it by using the following commands:
sudo apt-get install ppa-purge sudo ppa-purge ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp
How to Activate Single Window mode Interface GIMP 2.8
In Gimp 2.8, the default interface is still the separate window mode, but you can get it to show the Single Window mode by selecting the “Windows -> Single-Window Mode” option.
You can found official announcement for the latest GIMP 2.8 @GIMP 2.8 Announcement