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Should I update from 2.8? belljulia 06 Feb 12:17
  Should I update from 2.8? rich404 06 Feb 12:59
2020-02-06 12:17:11 UTC (11 days ago)
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Should I update from 2.8?

This may be a silly question, so be nice! But I have been using 2.8 for years now. At some point I attempted to upgrade to 2.10, and I have no idea what happened, if it just didn't fully download or what...but it apparently never happened. I just went to do another update to 2.10.14 and realized this. I do not use gimp for anything too complex. I make wall art & t-shirt designs, typically using text and some png graphics. I don't normally do much image editing, etc. So I am just wondering, will I even benefit from switching to 2.10? I am concerned with there being a huge change in layout and having to get caught up on where/how everything works if there isn't a difference in the things I currently use it for.

I don't think it is pertinent for this question, but I am on Windows os

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2020-02-06 12:59:02 UTC (11 days ago)
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Should I update from 2.8?

This may be a silly question, so be nice! But I have been using 2.8 for years
now. At some point I attempted to upgrade to 2.10, and I have no idea what
happened, if it just didn't fully download or what...but it apparently never
happened. I just went to do another update to 2.10.14 and realized this.
I do not use gimp for anything too complex. I make wall art & t-shirt designs,
typically using text and some png graphics. I don't normally do much image
editing, etc. So I am just wondering, will I even benefit from switching to
2.10? I am concerned with there being a huge change in layout and having to get
caught up on where/how everything works if there isn't a difference in the
things I currently use it for.

I don't think it is pertinent for this question, but I am on Windows os

Using MS Windows is very much pertinent.

For a 32 bit Windows the latest Gimp 2.10 has a good chance of not working. Fails with some installation, works on others. 64 bit Windows is not affected (although there have been issues with nVidia graphics)

Installing Gimp 2.10. Gimp 2.10 will remove the existing 2.8 installation but some files might be 'left behind' Typically plugins that have installed themselves in the main Gimp folders. Better to remove these yourself.

The installer will try and migrate resources from the Gimp 2.8 user profile C:\Users\"yourname"\.gimp-2.8 to the new 2.10 user profile. C:\Users\"yourname"\AppData\Roaming\GIMP\2.10 This can cause problems with outdated scripts and plug-ins. The best way is disable the 2.8 profile, rename it or move to some other location before installing Gimp 2.10 and creating a new default Gimp 2.10 profile.

The default interface looks different. Horrible black theme, cluttered toolbox using symbolic icons, too many tabs in the docks and does not fit well if using an older laptop with a 1366 x 768 display. All that can be adjusted. A demo of what can be done.

https://youtu.be/8M2P0N-qhm0 duration 7 minutes

and a couple of basic screenshots: Changing the theme https://i.imgur.com/IGpgmST.jpg Changing the icons https://i.imgur.com/PN7yFgF.jpg

What is new. Most of the tools and filters now work directly on the canvas. No more guessing in a tiny preview window. It does mean that your old workflow will have to change. Plus some new tools / layer groups improved.....

Some things a bit flaky at the moment that might affect your type of work. PDF export is not wonderful. Tries to embed font information and fails. The usual work-around, new-from-visible, use that.

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