GIMP Updates With A New Interface

GIMP Updates With A New Interface

Windows/Linux: Free image-editing tool GIMP has received a big update to version 2.8 that includes an overhaul to the interface and makes it a bit easier to use and navigate windows. It also comes packed with a bunch of bug fixes, a new layer groups option and new dock window management.

The big change is in the interface. With that comes a new single-window mode that consolidates all the floating tools into one window. You can dock and move them around as needed.

On top of the completely new interface, a bunch of smaller tweaks are added in as well, including a new way to handle groups of layers, a new method to export images and more. Hit up the list of changes for all the new features, or check out the link below to download the new GIMP 2.8 for Windows and Linux. The Mac port should be on its way shortly.

GIMP 2.8 [GIMP via Ars Technica]


    • Yes they do. Here’s the announcement

      Today at Libre Graphics Meeting 2012 in Vienna we announced that the development version of GIMP is now capable of processing images in 16bit and 32bit modes, integer or float at your preference.

      Transformation, painting and color adjustment tools will just work in higher bit depth precision modes. More than that, GIMP can load and save 16bit PNG images and save EXR and HDR files now. We also improved support for indexed images, so that you could finally paint over them with the Smudge tool or apply filters.

      There is still a lot of work left to do, and this is a great chance for potential contributors to step up and begin improving the application. Low-hanging fruits include porting of file loaders and savers, filters and other small bits of GIMP that don’t require a lot of familiarity with the internal structure. Please contact us in the gimp-developer mailing list.

      Decision on the final feature set in 2.10 is yet to be made, no time-based schedule is available either. However we fully intend to make development cycles much shorter.


  • It looks a little more/exactly like 2.6 like when running on Windows. At least the size settings relate to something in this universe now, although 2 decimal places when using pixel mode is a little strange.
    A must do (unless you are spreading GIMP over 2 monitors) is to tick “Single Window Mode” in the Windows menu.

  • I’m willing to give GIMP another try with this new interface, but I’m not expecting much.

    I’d love to be surprised though, I’ve come a long way since I was a kid with a machine full of ‘warez’, image editing is the only exception now (I would purchase Photoshop if it was even close to affordable, but it’s not, and Elements is much too basic).

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