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GIMP 2.7 Development Release


gimpThe GIMP team have just released version 2.7. This version is a 'development' version, or a snapshot of the current version in their development tree. While it's not stable or final, it contains a lot of new goodness that may be useful to you.

LightningIsMyName wrote:

GIMP has always been the ideal companion for blender in texturing, post-processing and other 2D tasks. The GIMP team is proud to announce the new development release - GIMP 2.7.0

Some of the new features include:

  1. Resource tagging - you can now tag your GIMP resources
  2. Improved Brush dynamics - new features were added to the brush dynamics, such as controlling the brush aspect-ratio
  3. Brushes can now be rotated in the same way they can be scaled - no more need to create copies of brushes
  4. JPEG 2000 support was added

As part of being a development release, it is unstable. If you use it, make sure to save often =) If you found a bug in the development release, make sure you submit a bug report to the GIMP bugzilla (Check if it wasn't already reported!)

Pay attention to the warning about the stability of this version:

This is an unstable development version of the GNU Image Manipulation Program. Please realize that this is just a snapshot of the development tree. We are working hard towards GIMP 2.8, the next stable release. GIMP 2.7 is in no way a final product. A lot of new features are incomplete and some things may even be completely broken. If you need to get work done, please use the stable version, GIMP 2.6.


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  1. " Text editing with the Text Tool is now performed on-canvas instead of in a separate window. The editing on-canvas is rather sophisticated and tries to mimic text editing capabilities of gedit. There are still some polishing left to do here, but it works rather nice already. This features was developed during GSoC 2008. "

    And a better text tool!!! YAY

  2. So, suppose I don't know how to compile source code, are there any binaries for this version? either Linux or Windows would do.

  3. A question for the windows version: it still has multiple windows or it's possible to have a single gimp window on the screen?

  4. I *really* hope they get the ability to manipulate the font of selected text within the layer ( eg set size / alternative font / style ).

  5. rgdfhdfhdryerztetz on

    Some very important notes aren't included:

    - Work is starting on HDR-images, more than 8bit per component per pixel.
    - Layer groups are being implemented, they could be ready by the time Gimp 2.8 comes out.
    - And as mentioned earlier, text is now on-canvas and works beautifully, it gets preserved the way it should in it's own layer.

  6. I'd love to see 3D painting with Gimp ... in Photoshop CS3 EXtended and CS4 you can import a 3D .obj and paint on it, rotate, scale, change lighting. This is what I'd love to see in Gimp. It's one of the reasons I haven't jumped from Photoshop to Gimp to be honest.

  7. have they fixed that scaling issue where when scaling it leaves an 'after image' while you are scaling so you can not see you bottom layer to match up the layer your scaling?

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