GIMP 2.8 and its (huge) improvements to the User Interface!
Finally confirmed: single window mode is coming for 2.8! But thats not the whole story yet ;) The plan for 2.8 also includes lots of other cool new usability and interaction features!
Peter Sikking, interface and interaction artist for the GIMP, makes lots of questioned things clear in his latest Blog post about new features that are ready to be implemented to GIMPs UI.
First of all: Single Window Mode will come for 2.8. It will be mainly developed by Martin Nordholts (aka Enselic in the GIMP community).
Second: You won’t be forced to use it, if you don’t like single window! You will just be able to switch it off in the appropriate menu entry! And the best thing for these users – you will still come into benefit of most other cool new features (see list below).
It is also planned to have more cool features in the next version of GIMP (2.8) already:
- Single/Multi-Window layout is a real “option” – it is freely customizable by you!
- Multiple column inspectors. You will be able to use more than one column for all the dialogs!!
- Switch between open images using an easy history thumbnail bar (no tabbing like web browsers or as it is in Photoshop currently). This is also more eye-friendly than tabs!
- Polaroid overlays. You can overlay the window to i.e. show multiple parts of an image in different zooms.
Please note: The screenshots on the blog entry DON’T represent the final layout. They shall only give an idea of what it could look.
In our personal opinion the changes will be just awesome and also seem to be thought through very well by the GIMP dev team! We hope that the developement on this goes VERY well in the next weeks/months! There is no update on an 2.8 release date, but we think that 2.8 will still arrive this year.
Peter Sikking: http://www.mmiworks.net/eng/publications/blog.html
Martin Nordholts: http://www.chromecode.com