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GIMP 2.7.1 released

By at 2010-07-02 03:29:50 UTC, last updated about 12 years ago. CC BY-NC License

GIMP 2.7.1 has been released. It is a new development version and not intended for production use. The new features are tested for GIMP 2.8 – have a look into our preview of GIMP 2.8.

You can get the sources here:
Windows binary: GIMP 2.7.1 Installer for Windows

Changes in GIMP 2.7.1, taken from


- Add “lock content” button to the layers, channels and paths dialogs, make the lock buttons more compact - Refuse to edit locked items - Add support for layer groups - Improve internals and GUI of the save/export functionality - Move the shortcut dialog’s “clear” button into the entry - Clean up UI code by introducing GimpDockWindow and GimpImageWindow classes - Support multi-column dock windows - Get rid of docking bars, use highlights in existing widget hierarchy instead - Remove toolbox-window-hint gimprc setting and use dock-window-hint for both toolbox and docks instead - Move GimpDock::default-height style property to GimpDockWindow - Polish save+export path-part precedence rules - Merge the GSoC 2009 Advanced GUI for Brush Dynamics project - Default to non-fixed-aspect in Canvas Size dialog - Add a still incomplete and Single-window mode - Have an Export button, not Save, in export dialogs - Improve Free Select Tool handle highlightning - Support changing user interface language from preferences - Update ps-menurc with PS CS4 keyboard shortcuts - Reduce spacing around canvas and use it for the canvas itself - Put name of active dockables in dock window titles - Don’t have Toolbox in list of Recently Closed Docks, handle that directly in the Windows menu - Support selecting and tagging multiple objects in resource lists - Improve on-canvas text editing and text attribute setting - Add GimpContainerTreeStore and use it in all GtkTreeStore based views - Add a new default “automatic” tab style that makes sure dockable tabs always show as much detail as possible - Remove the dockable title bar and add the menu arrow button next to the notebook tabs - Add an icon for the desaturate tool - Add ‘Rule of fifths’ crop guide overlay - Make Alt+Click on layers not affecting active layer


- Make all GimpItems lockable so their contents can’t be changed - Make more sense when naming imported layers - Make group layers work except for layer masks and save them in the XCF - Change GimpProjectable::update to GimpProjectable:invalidate - Make sure we don’t mix font backends (and crash) by explicitely asking for FT/Fontconfig backends - Move members of GimpObject to a private struct - gimp_object_get_name() takes a gconstpointer now, remove casts from all callers - Let drawables connect to their floating selection’s “update” signal instead of letting the image do this job - Fix brush rotation artifacts at even 90 degree rotation - Don’t leak shared tile memory on Solaris - Add a PDB procedure to access a text layer’s markup - Remove legacy cruft from pdbgen and make sure number ranges are correct - Move all image creation functions to a common file - Add translation context to all undo descriptions


- Make sure all nodes are added to their resp. graphs - Use GEGL for layer scaling if use-gegl is TRUE


- Updated script-fu’s scheme to latest upstream fixes - Don’t store image-specific print settings globally - Add fundamental OpenRaster (.ora) import and export support - Add RGB565 support to the csource plug-in


- Add texture/grunge brushes made by Johannes Engelhardt

Developer documentation:

- Explain GimpContext - Add SVG graphic with GIMP application core module dependencies - Add a schedule for 2.8 development

Source and build system:

- Add more code documentation - Clean up subsystem linking dependencies in app/ - Add unit testing framework in app/tests/ and some basic tests, including basic UI tests and XCF tests - Tentatively introduce usage of using Glade + GtkBuilder - Depend on GLib 2.24.0 and GTK+ 2.20.0 - Add git commit hash in —verbose —version output - Don’t version control gtk-doc.m4, get it from gtkdocize - Add GimpObject tracking code - Plug memory leaks - Lots of bug fixes and cleanup - Lots of translation updates


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Bob Kovacs rated this topic with 4/5
about 12 years ago

Installed Gimp 2.7.1 on Windows 7 Professional. I agree with some here that the Text Tool does cause Gimp 2.7.1 to crash. Crashed on first use. Other than that, not bad. Glad to finally see a single window mode. It would be nice if you can choose to keep the single window mode as default. Seem to not stay in single window mode on restart. Will be happy when it's final.

Michael Schumacher
about 12 years ago

The 2.7.1 installer has been created to test the removal function as well - according to the maintainer of the installer, this is necessary for the smooth transition from the 32-bit-only installer to the 32-&64-bit installers (that's also included in the part you've quoted).

As far as I can tell, it works as expected.

Keeping both 2.7.1 and 2.6.10 installed turned out to be easy for me - install 2.7.1 and then re-install 2.6.10. I haven't tried the 2.6.10 32&64 bit installer in this scenario yet, though.

And let's not forget that 2.7.1 is a development release, so any unusual behaviour has to be expected - and some may be a lot more severe that this one.

about 12 years ago

To the gimp team:
Please explain your conflictng statements.

One developer says:
"This is an unstable development version of the GNU Image Manipulation
Program. Please realize that this is just a snapshot of the development
tree. We are working hard towards GIMP 2.8, the next stable release.
GIMP 2.7 is in no way a final product. A lot of new features are
incomplete and some things may even be completely broken. If you need to
get work done, please use the stable version, GIMP 2.6."

That's understood and sound advice,but then you make an installer for windows 2.7.1
that overwrites the stable version with no warning other than a small
screen at the start of installation that most people ignore, because they are used to
unstable installers in past that did not replace the stable gimpp version!

The other developer says
"The point is that the new installer combines 32 and 64-bit GIMP in a
common installer, and once it becomes stable, many people will be
upgrading from 32-bit GIMP 2.6 - it would make no sense for these
people to keep both GIMP 2.6 and 2.8 at the same time, so the new
installer removes the old version first. Since this functionality
needs to be tested before it's deployed in the stable installer, it's
forced in the unstable one (the uninstall will be optional, but I
haven't implemented that yet)."

Please gimp team, explain.

about 12 years ago

I downloaded and installed just to see that long awaited (by me at least) single window mode.

And i find it having a good potential, but there are 2 annoying problems currently , at least on my window XP system :
- GIMP does not keep your single window mode settings the next time you relaunch it, it will go back in floating window mode.

- To hide docks and work on the image on your whole screen in single window mode, you can press TAB, the shortcut to hide the docks.
Unfortunately, if you clicked anywhere out of the picture itself (like by example clicking on a tool), pressing TAB will not hide the docks, you will need to click on the picture first.

Not a bug, but a little design annoyance.

- The docks are completely integrated to the picture panel, i mean you can't move them elsewhere. Would be nice to keep the single window mode and be able to actually move the dock where you want them to be.

Other than those , i find that single window mode a really great addition to GIMP, it is difficult for me after having tasted it to go back to 2.6.x
Good job, but i hope that single window mode will get some more tweaks before the actual 2.8 release.

Mr. Fixit
about 12 years ago

Stop using a computer!

Problem solved!

karo rated this topic with 2/5
about 12 years ago

Had intl.dll problem similar to other people. Searched C drive and copied from another location into Bin folder. PSPI seems to work so far.

Lost all thumbnails in Document History. The .recently-used.xbel file in C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator (XP SP3), reset itself to zero. Dose anyone know of a way to fix this? This has happened before and is really annoying!
While not a fan of the single window congrats to the developers.

Jeff rated this topic with 4/5
about 12 years ago

Excellent - IMHO Gimp finally comes of age with the single window. Still obviously needs work but I'll happily put up with no text (easy enough in Irfanview) and it forgetting things. A quick AHK script to start it fixes that. Cool quick startup as well. 2.7.1 is enough to make me use it now while waiting for 2.8. Keep up the good work Gimp folk!

Mich rated this topic with 4/5
about 12 years ago

Pretty cool new features. I like the brush dynamics and the single window feature. I also encountered the same problem that daviodan did with the text tool. The error message that appeared was Gdk:ERROR:gdkgc-win32.c:751:get_impl_drawable: code shoudl not be reached

This happens when I try to use the text tool :(

But other than that looks like a lot of new and cool features.

It's Me
about 12 years ago

Meh. Interface is hit and miss. From a brief look:

- Single-window mode

- Does not remember single-window mode between starts
- Does not remember sizing of docks between starts
- "Tools Options" dock should be docked with Layers, Channels, Paths, Undo -- instead of with Toolbar -- otherwise it gets badly squished when switching to single-window mode.
- Pressing should cancel an undocking in process; instead, it makes the undocking certain.

I hope they're still working on the interface.

about 12 years ago

bad gimp! bad gimp!

photocomix member for almost 16 years photocomix 25 comments
about 12 years ago

And (luckily )the installer fails to detect no standard Gimp even is strictly based on gimp 2.6
(as the portable or gimppainter)

Anyway i would prefer the unistall optional and not forced

devvv member for about 16 years devvv 1475 comments
about 12 years ago

photocomix: you can install the stable latest version after the dev-version install. seems to work!

Mr. Burns
about 12 years ago


photocomix member for almost 16 years photocomix 25 comments rated this topic with 1/5
about 12 years ago

the windows installer force to unistall previous version of gimp

apparently no way to exit from the installer and cancell unistall

And ,apparently no reasons to force unistall, both version apparently may run alongside on the same PC

2 intl.dll was replaced by libintl-8 dll.
That make most of extra gimp plugin crash with error messages at loading time

daviodan member for almost 14 years daviodan 2 comments
over 12 years ago

Unfortunately ,on Windows there are problems with text tool.

Rod rated this topic with 5/5
over 12 years ago

i had a slight problem with the initial install it didnt have access to rename a dll file.However after clicking retry it installed perfectly.
the startup splash is pretty cool looking.
I was also able to install a local help bundle (2.6) if you cant find a dl bundle holler at me...
Text tool works real nice now too.however id like to be able to move the tool around where i want it, perhaps a docking version?
i was able to use the python and scm third party plugins here is bev and emboss (scm)
GEGL works great...all filters ran smoothly
GMIC runs very nicely...i say well done developers...this is a very nice version.
here is chissel (scm)
i have found 0 bugs so far. =)

nicely done GIMP coders this ones a keeper, im off to add all my toys!

tmaes rated this topic with 5/5
over 12 years ago

Beautiful work and very lot of things to learn!!!
After a long and justified silence, 2.8 will be a great version without doubts...
Special mention for the single window, layer groups, gegl.

The Internet
over 12 years ago

Wow... that's cool. Checked on but couldnt find anything, isnt it up to date?