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GIMP 2.8 RC1 now available for Windows!

By at 2012-04-08 12:01:40 UTC, last updated over 2 years ago. CC BY-NC License

GIMP 2.8-RC1 GIMP 2.8-RC1 for Windows

An officially supported version of GIMP 2.8.0 RC1 (release candidate) for Windows has been made available. We’ve linked the newest version in our downloads section. You can test it and please report bugs if you find some.

Both 32- and 64-bit Windows platforms are supported.

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devvv member for about 8 years devvv 1434 comments
2 months ago

Please install 2.8.14!

DFallis member for 2 months DFallis 1 comment
2 months ago

Today, I've had two lib folders and a g_access error. I've found the lib-whatever-.dll's and installed them in my windows syswow folder. That seems to have fixed that, but every time I fix one thing, another pops up? What's goin' on? I love my gimp and want it to be happy. :/

andrew v
about 2 years ago

i am not able to open gimp because it says it cant locate the dynamic link library zlib1.dll. and trouble shoot the compatibility and it works but i want to know how i can skip that process also im having trouble opening JPEG. files when i do get it to start up. any advice will be usefull

Bearsly member for almost 4 years Bearsly 6 comments
about 2 years ago

Dude! 2.8 is the STABLE version LOL

Mike G
about 2 years ago

I have GIMP 2.8 and want to add Resynthesizer but cannot make sense of downloading and installing it. Now I see GIMP 2.8 RC1. Is this a later version? And does it include Resynthesizer?
Mike

Ebizjoey member for over 2 years Ebizjoey 6 comments
over 2 years ago

Bob Law thanks. I am re-posting what I did for others- those paths can be confusing to many casual computer users (experts too!)

Just religiously follow the following.

Gimp 2.8. Install Gimp as normal. It will install in C:\Program Files\GIMP 2. Then install UFraw, but specify install folder also as C:\Program Files\GIMP 2. It will add \UFraw. Delete that part of the path. (I missed this part first)
You should be able to open RAW files in Gimp and have UFraw come up. (Restart gimp-the thread didn't say that).
It was a great relief as I work a lot on raw files
http://www.gimpchat.com/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=4266&start=10

Now that I did that when I go to Gimp 2.8 and click edit > open - UFRaw opens, when I hit save it sends the save to Gimp 2.8, nice!

Bob Law
over 2 years ago

First install Gimp 2.8 and notice where it installs (c:\Program Files\GIMP 2). Then install Ufraw into that folder. When you select that folder, it will add a Ufraw to the end of it. Delete that portion and proceed with the install. It should then work.

Ebizjoey member for over 2 years Ebizjoey 6 comments
over 2 years ago

Anyone help with why 2.8 and UFRaw all messed up after installing 2.8? I uninstalled both but UFRaw won't open.

Jon
over 2 years ago

To everyone who is having this error: "The procedure entry point gzdirect could not be located in the dynamic link library zlib1.dll".

Just copy zlib1.dll from "C:\Program Files\GIMP 2\bin\" and place it in "C:\Program Files\GIMP 2\lib\gimp\2.0\plug-ins" and it will start right up.

Epicness
over 2 years ago

I get a error saying "The Procedure Entry Point Gzdirect COuld Not be Located In The Dynamic Libary Zlib1.dll." Help???

lousiewhei member for over 2 years lousiewhei 14 comments
over 2 years ago

And yes, I am real slow, does 'smart enlarge', that utilizes 'resynthesizer', work under GIMP 2.8?

lousiewhei member for over 2 years lousiewhei 14 comments
over 2 years ago

GIMP 2.8rc1 has python included, so I removed the old python 2.6 in my subnotebook.
Q1. Does 'resynthesizer' work under GIMP 2.8?
Q2. Can I install python 2.7 separately now? Will it cause conflict? or GIMP 2.8 only looks for the python included with GIMP 2.8?

misrak
over 2 years ago

the 1st thing Although I have window service pack 2 I could not Install Gimp 2.8 and the 2nd thing is I downloaded and installed Gimp 2.8 in other computer with latesst version but could not start. I encounter a message which says that- the procedure entry point gzdirect could not be located in the dynamic link library zlib1.dll. What is the prob.?

jacksonMello
over 2 years ago

Jerry:a versao compilada do gimp 2.8 ja saiu 1° pro linux
só vc procura na net ki vc acha os códigos pra compilar ele

Lyle member for over 2 years Lyle 80 comments
over 2 years ago

Hey Jerry; it a matter of pure number of users. You may not like it but Windows OS still has around 85 to 90% of the market, so even if only 0.5% of all Windows users install GIMP, that's still a heck of a large number. Linux (sans the smart phones of course), is only around 0.5 maybe up to 2 percent of used OSs. I actually run Ubuntu 64 in a VM and really do like the new Unity interface and, because of Win8, it will more then likely be my next OS since I hate what I'm seeing Windows become. Win7 is probabably the best OS second only to XP in users. I actually run an XP VM too (typing this right now in XP) for sandbox purposes. In summary, it's a matter of numbers. I've been using GIMP for Windows for over a decade now. I have, via Wine, got PSPI to work and Irfanview too for that matter thus got Impressionist plugin to work perfectly in Ubuntu, but, since I upgraded from 32-bit Ubuntu to 64-bit Ubuntu, I've not tried to re-install PSPI (or Irfanview for that matter) since I only did then as an exercise. Ubuntu is powerful, but still requires more techy skills to understand it; to install programs and such and it is not still easy enough for novice users in it's current form, but I can tell you it's much easier then when I first started experimenting it back when Feisy Fawn came out and even Feisty recognized all my hardware drivers as I recall; very powerful then. Anyway, that's my opinion on the matter. :)

Jerrysvoice member for over 2 years Jerrysvoice 1 comment
over 2 years ago

I fail to understand why the Windows version of GIMP 2.8 gets released before the Linux user gets a compiled version. The Linux community never even got a 2.7 compiled release. Windows is a proprietary operating system and not open source. Shouldn't the open source version get out to the Linux (open source) community before it goes out to the Windows proprietary world? There is something very backward here.

Lyle member for over 2 years Lyle 80 comments
over 2 years ago

OK lousiewhei; under the Window drop menu, click dockable dialogues then tools option. Now make sure you choose the brush option in your toolbox. All the setting necessary should now show up in the Tools option dialogue window. :)

lousiewhei member for over 2 years lousiewhei 14 comments
over 2 years ago

I am a real novice, so can anyone tell me how to set the brush to color to "USE COLOR FROM GRADIENT"? Like in GIMP 2.6, I could just click the box, but now I am testing GIMP 2.8rc1, I cannot understand the Brush Dynamics at all. And how to turn off the "Fade"?

Million Thanks

Lyle member for over 2 years Lyle 80 comments
over 2 years ago

Earlier today, I noticed that a lot of gradients are no longer available in 2.8 rc1. One of my favorite gradients in particular (German Flag Smooth). I did re-install GIMP 2.6x after installing 2.8 since I didn't know if 2.8 will do all that I needed it to do, so I have access to those particular resources as needed I suppose. Also, at the Registry, someone mentioned that a few brushes are also amiss that use to be part of earlier GIMP 2.6x. I wonder why a decision not to include these resources were made? :)

Lyle member for over 2 years Lyle 80 comments
over 2 years ago

I sure do hope they can implement the RGGJAN forground extraction filter by the nexe 2.8 release. I just did this extraction with it and I'm still in awe at how it selected the hair. :)

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1006&message=41265444

Lyle member for over 2 years Lyle 80 comments
over 2 years ago

Saulgoode, at GIMPChat, shared this cool article on GEGL integration. I say, if they are this close to implementing GEGL using current GIMP 2.8 code, why not give them a few more weeks and implement all of GEGL with the final 2.8 release (you can see I like 2.8 now that I got, thanks to folks smarter then me, Mathmap to work; lol). Then 2.10 can be used to integrate node editing ability and such (with GEGL, 16-bit editing would be working now if I understand GEGL's ability correctly). Node editing is the future. Do a search on PostworkShop (not linking since it's a commercial product) which has this ability; very powerful indeed. Just my thoughs. :)

http://gimpfoo.de/2012/04/17/goat-invasion-in-gimp/

james
over 2 years ago

Is there anything to do about that interface for Windows? I know I shouldn't look a gift horse in the mouth, but the interface change from 2.6.x through 2.8 is blah, very Windows 2000-ish. I am grateful and thankful for all the developers efforts, but I like the look and feel of 2.6.x (i love the single window mode though!)

devvv member for about 8 years devvv 1434 comments
over 2 years ago

GMIC is running flawlessly with my 2.8-RC1 under windows!

El Lomiyo ThePeoplesCube
over 2 years ago

BUT

will there be a shiny new version of G'MIC to accompany 28?

GIMP without G'MIC

is like fudge without intensity

djurbino
over 2 years ago

On win7 64-bit, I upgraded from 2.6 ( 2.6 + gimp-paint-studio ) to 2.8 RC1, and it suffered from brush lag that made it impossible to use. I un-installed, deleted the user/.gimp26 and user/.gimp28 directories, re-installed, and it worked perfectly.

Lyle member for over 2 years Lyle 80 comments
over 2 years ago

Found a solution to LqR plugin for 64-bit GIMP 2.8 rc1. Posted it at GIMPChat. :)

http://www.gimpchat.com/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=4057&p=50149#p50149

Lyle member for over 2 years Lyle 80 comments
over 2 years ago

Didn't realize to just a few minuts ago that if User Filter works, PSPI doesn't. There's a strange interaction between the two apparently or it may just be my setup. Maybe someone else here can share their experience with User Filter and PSPI after implementing MareroQ's solution. For my workflow, PSPI is more important then User Fitler, so I can live with the issue for now. :)

Lyle member for over 2 years Lyle 80 comments
over 2 years ago

MareroQ posted a work-around and solutions to all 3 of the big issues with RC1 (the JPeg preview, the TIF, and User Filter issues).

http://www.gimpchat.com/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=4057&p=50084#p50077

Michael
over 2 years ago

I'm not sure if the User Filter plug-in (http://gimpuserfilter.sourceforge.net/) is actively maintained - it certainly isn't by any of the current GIMP developers, and I guess that even its existence may be unknown.

Third-party plug-ins like this one are usually maintained by people who need them. I'd suggest that someone who is interested in contributing should try to contact the original author via the Sourceforge Project page (http://sourceforge.net/projects/gimpuserfilter/).

Lyle member for over 2 years Lyle 80 comments
over 2 years ago

Sorry, not gug; guf files. :)

Lyle member for over 2 years Lyle 80 comments
over 2 years ago

There's already a bugzilla for the tiff issue and also the jpeg export size preview dialogue (personally know the jpeg one but someone already submitted this bug). The only issue that I've seen with the User Filter (Filter Factory Convertor) is that you have to point to the gug files everytime you use the filter. Not sure this will ever get patched since it's a plugin specific situation. :)

nightshadow34 member for over 2 years nightshadow34 1 comment
over 2 years ago

The release is great. However there is a problem: When I try to open or save as tiff there is an error and GIMP can't do either. This happened on different computers and no matter whether I uninstall the previous version or not.
As it worked in the portable version of GIMP 2.7.4 from portable.apps (http://downloads.sourceforge.net/portableapps/GIMPPortableTest_2.7.4.paf.exe) I tried the following and it solved the problem:

I copied and replaced 'file-tiff-load.exe' and 'file-tiff-save.exe' from the portable 2.7.4 version to the plugin folder of the 2.8rc1 installation (..\GIMP 2\lib\gimp\2.0\plug-ins) and 'libtiff-3.dll' from the portable 2.7.4 version to the bin folder of the installed 2.8rc1 (..\GIMP 2\bin). (By the way there is a 'libtiff-5.dll', which however doesn't work with the older plugins, so you need to copy the library aswell.)
I suspect that this problem appears because something is wrong either with the library or with the plugins in the 2.8rc1 version. I hope someone will notify the developers and they will solve this in the future release.

rowan
over 2 years ago

Im getting the following error when I try and open v2.8.

"This application has failed to start because libgimpmodule-2.0-0.dll was not found. Re-installing the application may fix the problem."

Haven't tried a re-install yet :)

Michael
over 2 years ago

There's a zlib1.dll somewhere in your system's PATH (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PATH_%28variable%29) that doesn't contain this procedure. Happens if some other application installed it somewhere, or if you have copied around DLL files in the past.

The one that should be there is in GIMP's bin directory. For other instances of this file, you should check whether they belong where they are located.

In particular, this file should not be present in

- system directories
- GIMP's plug-in directories

wschweizer
over 2 years ago

I get the error message at startup
"the procedure entry point gzdirect could not be located in the dynamic link library zlib1.dll."
What does this mean? How can I fix it?

The program runs anyway.

Stuart member for over 3 years Stuart 3 comments
over 2 years ago

Great - installed with no problems and seems snappier than the 2.7 builds. My favourite scripts (like SmartSeparateSharpen and Contrast Mask) work fine. I had a bit of a problem getting UFRaw installed (I presume that was because the installer does not recognise 2.8's directory structure) but, once I manually copied ufraw-gimp.exe and its various DLLs into the .gimp-2.8\plug-ins directory, it worked fine.

Lyle
over 2 years ago

I, again, just want to say hat's off to the developers for 2.8, especially the backwards compatibility even between 32-bit plugins and 2.8 64-bit. I have PSPI (therefore Impressionist, EyeCandy3, and a few other cool PS plugins) and Mathmap (thanks again Graechan) so happy camper I am. Only LqR remains elusive but only occasionally use it. I, of course, had to re-install GIMP 2.6.12 32-bit but all the settigns for it were there once I did that. Thanks to MareroQ (who also attributes RobA for the solution), I can even run both versions of GIMP simultaneously for a crutch. Only error so far that I actually found in 2.8 is when you export jpegs. The size indicator is stuck at 1.3G, but this is more nuisance then issue since the jpeg will save fine (just don't know what the size will be until after export). :)

Lyle
over 2 years ago

Can't seem to get liquid rescale to work; tried samj's build but to no avail. Any hints out there?

Also, if you still want 2.6x, just re-install it; all your plugins/scripts and stuff will be there and it will work fine; maybe can't run both 2.6 and 2.8 at the same time (tried double-clicking 2.6 while 2.8 was running but it wouldn't let me. I believe someone at GIMPChat shared a workaround for this issue so that Shellout would be able to launch 2.6 so you should be able to use the workaround to have 2.6 running at the same time as 2.8 too. Haven't found a 64-bit compile of filter factory convertor (user filter) yet, so I might give the shellout trick a shot later. Lots of things to get what I want to work in 64-bit GIMP 2.8, but eventually, I do hope all will work. :)

Lyle
over 2 years ago

Graechan posted ( http://www.gimpchat.com/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=4051 )how to get mathmap to work in GIMP 2.8 64-bit. It works well. Don't do what I did and not thoroughly read the instructions; eventually, I finally did read them right and it does work. Happy I am. Thanks to Partha and Samj, I have both Resynthesizer and G'MIC installed too. Haven't tried to get the user filter installed yet, but I will. :)

Lyle
over 2 years ago

Yeah; Graechan (at GIMPChat) figured out how to get Mathmap to work with 64-bit GIMP and I installed 2.8 in anticipation that it would be easy to figure out how to get it to work myself and found that 2.6 got un-installed. Still, when I un-installed 2.8 (since I couldn't figure out myself how to get Mathmap to work) and re-installed 2.6, the 2.6 custom folder kept all my plugins so all is well. Still hoping Graechan documents how he got 32-bit GIMP plugins such as Mathmap to work in 64-bit 2.8 and then I might try to again re-install GIMP 2.8 (but choose custom install this time; lol). :)

Cuban-Pete member for over 3 years Cuban-Pete 8 comments rated this topic with 5/5
over 2 years ago

I does not delete your work space settings, it just creates a new folder which is named ".gimp-2.8" and has default settings. If you want your old settings, just copy the ".gimp-2.7" stuff into the 2.8 folder. You can find this folder in "start->your-user-name->.gimp-2.8". Or go to C disk -> users -> your-user-name

Thanks for the nice program!

Roy
over 2 years ago

Great news, but when will a Linux version come along? Can't wait to see that one.

Bearsly member for almost 4 years Bearsly 6 comments
over 2 years ago

I didn't have any plugin problems with 2.8 Windows. It just upgraded GIMP for me.

Kimberly
over 2 years ago

It wipes out other installs? All my brushes etc would be lost - so save them first? Thanks-

InsomniacP member for over 4 years InsomniacP 3 comments
over 2 years ago

Looking forward to this, would like to see the mac version too..

Nathan member for over 4 years Nathan 1 comment
over 2 years ago

Can't get my wacom tablet mouse or stylus to work with it. How do I get it to work?

Paul Griffin
over 2 years ago

What is the expected date for a Mac OS version, love GIMP but recently moved to the MAC and looking forward to the 2.8 version.. ;)

Thank you all for your hard work guy's!

Paul

ID Graphics
over 2 years ago

Yup seems your previous installation gets erased upon installing 2.8-RC. Thank god for back-ups eh ;)
No problems here so far, no problems opening jpg's for me either. The windowed mode looks awesome and seems to work a charm. At last, the minimizing-bug has gone in this version. Looking great so far gents!
First little buggy I spotted was that the description text of some of the tools in the tool box don't automatically match the width of the left window. You really gotta stretch it out to read the full text.

Can't wait to give it a test run, which will be tomorrow!

Bearsly member for almost 4 years Bearsly 6 comments
over 2 years ago

I have updated to GIMP 2.8 RC1 for Windows 7 X64. It's all good. Too bad that the GTK themes doesn't work LOL. I thought that 2.8 was gonna have a dark brown or dark grey color interface ?

ggpics member for over 3 years ggpics 3 comments
over 2 years ago

Thank you for the 2.8 versie.No problems with jpeg here.

Steven
over 2 years ago

Yes, I have the same problem. And I can only open xcf-files (no jpgs, ....) :(

Eric
over 2 years ago

It looks like installing 2.8.0-rc1 automatically uninstalls the working application (2.6.11 just got wiped out in my case, but not the custom 2.7.3b build). Unless perhaps I missed a checkbox somewhere?