GIMP 2.7.4 to come soon, 2.8 release shortly after
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Finally there is light at the end of the GIMP development tunnel for 2.8! As we’ve heard there shall be one last development version (2.7.4) very soon – also GIMP 2.8 will follow on this pretty quickly. There is only one (rather big) bug that that concerns the text tool.
The last weeks in the development of GIMP were affected by small to medium bugfixes and further improvements, there has also been work on the user interface. For instance, there is a striked through eye now shown on layers which are inside a layer group that has been made invisible. The more or less important feature to make masking available on layer groups has been pushed back to 2.10 or GIMP 3 to not further delay the release of GIMP 2.8 which is already pretty late.
Also there is a string freeze already in affect for 2.8 now which means that there will be no additional strings that need to be translated.
What happens after 2.7.4?
After 2.7.4 (will be released before x-mas hopefully ;)) there are has to be decided which the official splash screen will be. And of course there need to be official release notes, news etc that have to be written.
When will GIMP 2.8 be released?
GIMP 2.8 will maybe be released around January 25th 2012. We consider the date pretty sure – at least the release will be somewhen around this date which means Jan/Feb. So we expect GIMP 2.8 release the public somewhen in this time.