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Updates for GIMP 2.8 and future plans

By at 2011-03-02 01:00:16 UTC, last updated about 7 years ago. CC BY-NC License

There are some things going on currently on the development of GIMP. The devs were chatting in a dev meeting last night about some important topics including:

  • a new roadmap for newly developed GIMP features on a new unofficial GIMP wiki until the official one is up again. This inclued plans for non-destructive image editing,
  • GIMP release cycles will be much shorter in the future (after GIMP 2.8 is released).
  • the wiki should be a place for new developers where they quickly find needed information to start hacking on GIMP
  • release more dev/beta builds in the future
  • more scheduled meetings like the one last night.
  • Google Summer of Code 2011: who will be mentoring and project ideas

There is still more to read if you want in the complete chat log.

The next IRC meeting is scheduled for March 14th, if you want to participate join the official IRC channel #gimp on (you can also use our web chat tool that directly connects you to the IRC).

One rather sad thing is that GIMP 2.8 will still use GTK2+ which is currently broken with graphics tablets support, so some of the new features (the new brushes engine) can not be used under Windows very well. If there will be a workaround for this is unclear. GTK3 will first be used in GIMP 3.

Thanks to Alexandre for posting the info on Libre Graphics World!


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about 6 years ago

Real good guys. Brand new brush pack, but won't be able to use it. Because I have a Wacom tablet!. Plus I use it on Windows. The Vista of Gimp, version 2.8.

almost 7 years ago

I found info at which spokes about Vector Layers. If it is true then GIMP will be prefect for me in creating graphics for websites.

about 7 years ago

New to Gimp I need to get started on the tutorials

Ricardo Graça
about 7 years ago

After looking at the roadmap, I came to the conclusion that I have to wait until version 3.8 to get one of the features I'm most eagerly awaiting: a proper free transform tool. When will that come out? In 2026? GIMP really needs more devs...

about 7 years ago

Does all this means that, if there is no workaround for pen support, GIMP 2.8 will not be released and we will have to wait for 3.0 (provided that GTK3 has not problems with pens)? What about releasing a beta, with known broken pen support, for all us non-pen users?

I am also very troubled with the vagueness of the roadmap, it is not even a detailed todo list and, needless to point out, no projected target dates, not even the YEAR?!?! I am not trolling; remember that OSS has many enemies and the failure of a highly visible project like GIMP would provide powerful ammunition to closed source advocates.

Usability suggestion
about 7 years ago

I have read this in the roadmap: "Automatic layer boundary management".

I'm sorry, but... Users should be allowed to disable it. Sometimes, I need to work with a certain layer size, and I don't want to have this feature enabled, because It could give problems.


D. Rylander
about 7 years ago

I had no tablet pen pressure when trying 2.7 on linux, so it's not only windows having issues(?)
This makes it unusable for me...
Other than that I really like the new version. Thank you! I love the new folder layers. Now all I want is macros. Those would help tremendously! I have been nagging about these since I first started using Gimp v2.2.

Coche member for over 8 years Coche 13 comments rated this topic with 5/5
about 7 years ago

So sad I use Windows and the broken tablets support, but I'm happy that GIMP 2.8 seems to be progressing very well!! Thanks GIMP developers.