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GIMP got 3 projects accepted in Googles SoC 2010!

By at 2010-04-29 23:19:35 UTC, last updated almost 8 years ago. CC BY-NC License

In Googles Summer of Code students are sponsored by Google to develope new features for a certain Open Source software. This year GIMP will have three students that will be programming for GIMP in the next months.

  • Danny Robson will work on 3 new tone mapping operators for GEGL that will improve HDR workflow in GIMP. Such operators are responsible for different outcome of a basic HDR picture and these operators will bring that special and yet always a little different HDR-look into photos. His mentor is Martin Nordholts.
    See Details here
  • Michael Mure will be mentored by Kaja Liiv and is developing a new tool that uses Green Coordinates to deform an image. You can place a so-called “Cage” on a picture (a closed polygon). Then you’ll be able to deform the cage and the image will be deformed accordingly. This is a technique that allows high quality deformation while preserving the shape of an image.
    See Details here
  • Chen Yan and Joao Bueno (his mentor) will work on more intuitive drawing options that can be done directly on-canvas. The goal is to make painting much more accessible while minimizing the need of open dialogues. The workflow shall be improved in general by reducing the amount of clicks needed for a certain action.
    See Details here

In the next weeks students have time to get to know their mentors and become familiar with the whole environment of the software organization. We wish you fun and good luck on programming. We as “normal” GIMP users will however not get into touch with the new features until GIMP 2.8 or maybe GIMP 2.10/3.0 is released ;-)

You can find the GSoC 2010 timeline here.


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almost 8 years ago

Layer groups and better brush management is already working since octobre 2009. Rolf has shown it in one of his shows, 118 or 120 i believe. But it is slower with many layer groups stacked up.

Janne rated this topic with 4/5
almost 8 years ago

But all GIMP related projects don't come from GIMP project, e.g. enblend and enfuse GIMP plugins from hugin project.

Ashwyn Falkingham rated this topic with 5/5
almost 8 years ago

I'm really happy to see all of these projects, especially the first two. Both functions that I'd be very interested in.

Actually wasn't expecting choices that relevant for me.

Kevin rated this topic with 5/5
almost 8 years ago

I'm very much looking forward to seeing how the HDR stuff works, and the "intuitive drawing options" project looks very neat too.

bob: layer groups and more brush management options have already been announced for the next gimp release, why would they waste a GsoC stipend on that? The way GsoC works is, most students have to get to know a codebase they've barely looked at before, thus their project should ideally be rather modular and self-contained. Layer groups especially would make a bad project imho; if others have already begun the work, they're likely just missing the time to work 100% on it, and the project would take much less than 3 months for someone in the know to work on, while someone new to the project would waste lots of time getting to know someone else's half-finished code and/or stepping on their toes. Not a good way to get a long-term contributor to GIMP, which, after all, is the main goal of GsoC.

Jose rated this topic with 5/5
almost 8 years ago

I think these are very good ideas for projects, and GIMP will benefit a lot from these. I particularly like the third project "intuitive drawing options", because the first one, I don't know that much about HDR workflow.

nachturnal member for about 8 years nachturnal 2 comments
almost 8 years ago

bob: Maybe these tools aren't useful to you, but there's nothing to say that they aren't useful to others. Not to mention that the code behind each of these projects could theoretically be applied to different projects, which in turn may spawn the plug-ins that you need. I know many people who would appreciate the three proposed projects here, and personally, I can't wait to try out the third one.

almost 8 years ago

I know that it's probably just me, but I don't find this impressive.

I offer my congratulations to the people involved in these projects. But I'm still aching in anticipation for tool improvements that would make my life easier.

I use gimp just about every day for web design. And these projects seem quiet esoteric to me. They won't improve any part of my workflow. Their is no improvement to any part of the toolset I use every day.

Improving existing features or creating much-needed ones is probably not the point of gsoc. I honestly don't know much about it. But I did get excited with what little I knew, which was that google would be sponsering some gimp development.

You've probably all heard it before, but I'd love to be have in gimp layer groups and dynamic brush managment.
Yes, I do know that layer groups are coming, and I'm gateful for it.

I really do apologise if I don't sound grateful. I'm thankful for the existence of a magnificent free tool, and I appreciate the contributions of so many passionate and talented developers.

It's just that the part of me that needs to get work done as quickly and painlessly as possible is aching with anticipation for much more basic enhancements to my toolset.