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GIMP 2.8.0-RC1: 1st release candidate now available

By at 2012-04-03 11:09:54 UTC, last updated over 2 years ago. CC BY-NC License

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While the developers are already working on interesting features and new stuff in the so-called goat-invasion branch they try to push out GIMP 2.8 as soon as possible. The first release candidate (RC) has now been released to the public!

You might ask why they still do a RC because 2.7.5 worked pretty well already. There have been some discrepancies withs GIMP graph-based graphics library GEGL which is no longer fully backwards compatible. Therefore the developers had to implement their own Contrast & Brightness operation.

Good news on the other side: GIMP 2.8 will depend on GEGL 0.2.0. This means that OpenCL support (hardware acceleration through multi core CPUs and graphics cards shaders) is going to be available for operations – although only theoretically, because OpenCL is not actually used yet. But at least it is now possible to integrate new super fast operations in GEGL and GIMP. A good progress!

GIMP 2.8.0 is now definitely very near. You may expect it in the next days/weeks ahead (but there is no official word on this ;))!

These are the changes taken directly from the NEWS file:

Core:

  • Add our own GimpOperationBrightnessContrast because GEGL one is different

Plug-ins:

  • Fix some GFig rendering issues

Source and build system:

  • Depend on Babl 0.1.10, GEGL 0.2.0 and some other new library versions

General:

  • Bug fixes
  • Translation updates

The source code is available in our downloads section – there are no binary versions available yet. We will keep you up to date regarding Windows or other binaries of GIMP 2.8-RC1.

Update

The Windows binary for 32 and 64 bit is now available!

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Rantz member for almost 5 years Rantz 2 comments rated this topic with 5/5
over 2 years ago

Have now downloaded both the MAC and Windows 2.8RCs: shall play and see how I go.

Thanks.

redforce member for about 8 years redforce 230 comments
over 2 years ago

@Terry Pinfold: Can confirm this on Ubuntu Linux. Can you open a bug for GIMP on http://bugzilla.gnome.org/?

Terry Pinfold
over 2 years ago

The tiff plugin is not working. I can not open or save tiff files in GIMP 2.80-rc1. These files open fine in GIMP 2.7.5 so I'm sure it is only a minor glitch. How do we let the developers know about the bug?

Michael
over 2 years ago

A new version of the Windows istaller - with Glib 2.30.2 instead of 2.32.0 - is currently being uploaded.

In this case, it is recommended to uninstall the previous 2.8.0-rc1 installer, otherwise the Glib DLL won't be overwritten (the installer check if an existing file is newer).

redforce member for about 8 years redforce 230 comments
over 2 years ago

This Windows version is very unstable yet (crashes randomly) and not an official release. Seems like Windows users still have to wait... (or compile themselves or use VirtualBox)

adirusf
over 2 years ago

http://sourceforge.net/projects/gimp-win/files/GIMP%20%2B%20GTK%2B%20%28development%20rel.%29/GIMP%202.8.0-rc1/

Version for Windows is available:)

Terry Pinfold
over 2 years ago

My only comment to Bob would be pay out the money for Photoshop or join the generous team of developers who volunteer there time to develop the fabulous program GIMP. Thanks for the great job developing the program. I own a legal version of Photoshop CS4(how rare... since most users pirate Photoshop)but use GIMP for 99.99% of my images. Looking at your road map for future development I look forward to 16 bit image handling and non-destructive editing but I will wait patiently considering the price I pay for GIMP.

shiin
over 2 years ago

will the mixbrush be disponible on 2.8 ? where can I found a downloable executable for 2.8 RC ? T_T i cannot compile, and i cant wait to try it

ID Graphics
over 2 years ago

Great news! Can't wait for Gimp 2.8, it has some features I've been craving for for a long time.

Michael
over 2 years ago

Bob, seems like you have some connections to people who work with FITS images. Requests for (better) support of that image file format have been very rare.

So maybe you've got some people among your contacts who work with FITS and would like to work on the fits plug-in for GIMP?

See http://git.gnome.org/browse/gimp/tree/plug-ins/file-fits

Or, preferably, they could work on a GEGL op for loading and saving the format.

Bob
over 2 years ago

Libre Office started a foundation rather quickly. Let's start one next month, after Gimp 2.8 is released. Get the ball rolling!. As for manpower, LibreOffice as well as Blender have allot of manpower. RedHat just donated $100,000 to open source. So many of these large companies should be informed of the desperate need of resources that one of the core apps needs for Linux adoption on the desktop and funding the Gimp or Libre-Graphics Foundation (call it what you will) would be beneficial to further adoption in the open-source graphics area, particularly with professionals.

Finalzone
over 2 years ago

Bob:
"Gimp is not good enough. I've stated my case. We need a Gimp Foundation, or a fork of Gimp that is supported by a foundation."

Agree that Gimp needs a foundation. For the forks, several were made in the past and went nowhere. Did you know one of Cinepaint developers participated to GEGL creation and were the one that completely froze its development? Now, the entire development to convert the entire engine to GEGL resumed and Gimp developers learned the hard lesson.

Remember Adobe has tremendous amount of manpower than Gimp which give a former advantage in term of fast paced development.

After Gimp 2.8, development should be faster with a adoption of Gnome like style.

Bob
over 2 years ago

So will Gimp 2.8 solve Chandra's ability to be completely opensource. Or will they still need to use Photoshop?.

Quote: " Although GIMP is perfectly capable of reading FITS files, it is extremely limited in its control over image scaling."

Bob
over 2 years ago

Gimp and Astro Imaging from Chandra web site. http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/openFITS/overview.html
Quote:
"The industry standard software for processing & imaging work of this nature is Adobe Photoshop. Photoshop comes in a variety of "flavors" priced according to the needs of the user and is available for both Windows and Mac (unfortunately, not Linux). While we would like to maintain an open source workflow in the openFITS project, there are certain advantages to using Photoshop and the FITSLiberator plugin that will make this difficult. For the first tutorial, and anywhere else that is applicable, the Gnu Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) will be used as this is completely open source, available for all platforms, and will be suitable for the more straightforward images. Although GIMP is perfectly capable of reading FITS files, it is extremely limited in its control over image scaling. As the difficulty level of the images increases, this limitation will force the use of Photoshop with the FITSLiberator plugin developed in conjunction with ESA/ESO and NASA. This plugin gives the user complete control over the appearance of data before it is projected to the screen and most of the scaling information is lost."
This is a good reason for the need to have a foundation with many contributors and support, like Libre-Office has. Professional Astronomers use Linux platforms allot, why this limitation in Gimp. Unacceptable!!.

ceas member for over 2 years ceas 2 comments
over 2 years ago

i don't meet any astro images
but gimp foundation rock!!!

Bob
over 2 years ago

Most amateur and professional astronomers who do astrophotography not just Hubble photos do not feel that Gimp is sufficient. Most have never heard of Cinepaint, which is NOT supported very well, and Photivo lacks layers and masks. Can Photivo open FITS format files?. Open up any Astronomy magazine, or go to any website, that deals with image-editing today, and for "advanced image editing", Gimp is not good enough. I've stated my case. We need a Gimp Foundation, or a fork of Gimp that is supported by a foundation. Like the path Libre-Office went when OpenOffice didn't didn't fit the bill. Do we still suffer from the same ideology problems from when Cinepaint forked from Gimp. Lack of professional features. Will Photoshop come to Linux, before Gimp gets professional features or vice versa. Answer me that?

Nemes Sorin
over 2 years ago

Bob,
you can use Cinepaint with no problems for your astro images, or Photivo.

mgroothuis member for about 4 years mgroothuis 6 comments
over 2 years ago

@Bob: If you work on a daily basis with Hubble images, I can see your need for astro-imaging. Most of us don't and we are very happy with what the Gimp 2.8 will give us for no money, that Photoshop also gives us but for AUD $1648.00!

Bob
over 2 years ago

Until Gimp equals or exceeds Photoshop in astro-imaging. Check out the Hubble images created with Photoshop and Fits Liberator (Windows and Mac only), which has now become the "standard". As a Linux "only" user I don't give a hoot about Gimp 2.8, and it's 8 bit only. I want "professional" industry standard tools for Linux, not good enough tools for just basic imaging that are no longer used for professional astro-imaging.
Gimp Foundation!! heavily marketed!

billn member for about 4 years billn 14 comments
over 2 years ago

Memory leads...

Nemes Sorin
over 2 years ago

blin > the single window mode is nearby from long time - true it was marked as development but was very stable try www.partha.com

mgroothuis member for about 4 years mgroothuis 6 comments rated this topic with 5/5
over 2 years ago

Just the right news to wake up to! Decision-time for next semester's teaching is coming closer and closer and there seemed to be no light at the end of the very long "last minute fixes" tunnel. Now I may be certain (oh please, please!!!!!) that we can install GIMP 2.8 and that I don't have to use Photoshop.

gerard82 member for over 5 years gerard82 10 comments
over 2 years ago

I installed it on Gentoo Linux and it runs fine.
Before I tried 2.8 from git.I noticed there were memory leaks.
Now they're gone.
Thanks a lot devs.
Gerard

Aralox member for over 2 years Aralox 1 comment rated this topic with 5/5
over 2 years ago

Woooohoooo!

billn member for about 4 years billn 14 comments
over 2 years ago

I can not believe this. I have been waiting for year for a single window mode.