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GIMP 2.7.2 - new official development release!

By at 2011-04-14 23:16:05 UTC, last updated about 13 years ago. CC BY-NC License

About an hour ago the developers have released a long-awaited new development release which is another step towards GIMP 2.8. GIMP 2.7.2 comes with all the changes that were made after GIMP 2.7.1 was released in June 2010. There’s really a LOT of new stuff. The new release comprises layer groups (which were introduced after 2.7.1), an almost done text-on-canvas feature, the all-new brush engine and of course the new single window mode.

We’ve included the 2.7.2 tarball already in our downloads section.

How to compile GIMP 2.7.2 for Ubuntu 11.04

A build for Windows users should follow soon, we will keep you up-to-date about that.

Changes in GIMP 2.7.2


  • A lot of undeprecations due to GTK+ 2.22 and 2.24
  • Lots and lots of cairo porting, calls to gdk_draw_* are gone
  • Merge the cage transform tool from GSoC
  • Remove the old bitmap cursors completely and always use RGBA cursors
    also for compat cursors for old X servers
  • Add new GimpCanvasItem infrastructure with subclasses for everything
    that needs to be drawn on the canvas and port all tools to canvas items,
    this is a huge change that touches all tools and almost all display
    code, and which finally gets rid of XOR drawing altogether
  • Switch from purely idle-rendering the display to something that ensures
    a minimum framerate, so we don’t fail to update under heavy load
  • Make the text tool handle RTL mode better
  • Change GimpColorMapEditor to use the newly added proxy GimpPalette
  • Replace the brush scale control in tool options by a brush size
    one that works in pixels, and does the right thing when the brush
  • Add new widget GimpSpinScale which is a scale with number entry,
    and use it in all tool options
  • Make the brush, pattern etc. selectors in tool options more
    compact and allow to directly jump to the editor dialogs
  • Make handle sizes in tools consistent
  • Add an on-canvas progress and use it for tool progress instead of
    the statusbar
  • Add a new GimpToolPalette class with lots of code that was
    in GimpToolBox
  • Allow to properly drop into and after a layer group
  • Refactor and clean up the dynamics editor widget, and add colors
    for the curves
  • Add support for F2 to rename items in lists
  • Clean up GimpDeviceStatus internally and visually
  • Allow to set GimpToolPreset’s icon using the new GimpIconPicker widget
  • Make the text tool’s style overlay show default values from the
    text object if there is no style active at the cursor position/selection
  • Show the the text size’s unit in the text style overlay
  • Make tool dialogs transient to the image window again
  • Consistently add a “gimp-” prefix to all window roles
  • Make the preset buttons in tool options work on the global tool
    presets instead of the removed per-tool preset lists
  • Add GimpControllerMouse, which allows to bind extra mouse buttons to
    arbitrary actions


  • Add uniform API to turn any GimpItem’s outline into a selection
  • Add support for color tags in text layers
  • Remove the selection_control() stuff from GimpImage and with it
    maybe last piece of UI code still not properly separated
  • Add more validation code for XCF loading
  • Add accessors to GimpPalette and use them globally
  • Keep a proxy GimpPalette around for the image’s colormap
  • Don’t scale SVGs when pasting or importing them
  • A lot of changes to the input device handling code, partly
    merged from the gtk3-port branch, add GimpDeviceManager class
  • Add smoothing of paint strokes
  • Fix display filters to work on a cairo surface
  • Fix and enhance GimpImage’s URI/filename handling API
  • Unset “removed” flag on items when they get added back to
    the image from the undo stack
  • Change item creation to properly use GObject properties and
    remove item_configure() and drawable_configure()
  • Refactor tool event handling and move lots of stuff into
    utility functions
  • Clean up GimpViewRenderer API
  • Implement transforms on group layers
  • Clean up the transform tool a lot, and refactor away old junk
  • Tool and tool event cleanup: enforce tool activate/halt invariants,
    consistently shutdown all tools in control(HALT), and many other
    tool fixes
  • Remove GimpToolPresets object, this functionality got merged into
    the new GimpToolPreset system
  • Rename GimpFilteredContainer to GimpTaggedContainer and add a new
    GimpFilteredContainer parent class which is a generic filter
  • Remove the concept of an “offset” from TileManager and instead
    pass around the offsets explicitly when needed, like when
  • Move GimpBezier desc from vectors/ to core/ and add API to create
    one from sorted BoundSegs
  • Change GimpBrush boundary API to return a GimpBezierDesc
  • Add GimpBrushCache object and use it to cache a brush’s transformed
    pixels and its outline, remove the caching code from GimpBrushCore
  • Add GimpBezierDesc based API to GimpScanConvert and use it


  • Add operations and gegl infrastructure for the cage tool


  • Introduce an “item” type in the PDB and libgimp and deprecate
    lots of old API in favor of item API
  • Add procedures to create, traverse and manipulate layer trees
  • Add more state to the context API, and deprecate functions with
    too many parameters in favor of simpler ones that use context states,
    particularly the entire transform and selection API
  • Move GimpUnitStore and GimpUnitComboBox to libgimpwidgets, and
    use them in GimpSizeEntry, deprecate GimpUnitMenu.
  • Deprecate gimp_min_colors() and gimp_install_cmap()
  • Add API that enables GimpRuler to track motion events by itself
  • Add new selection API and deprecate all old selection functions
  • Move around and rename all parasite functions, deprecate the old ones
  • Add a generated PDB file in the “gimp” namespace and get rid
    of “gimpmisc”
  • Add unit conversion functions to libgimpbase
  • Add function to reset a plug-in’s context to default values


  • Make script-fu server IPv6 aware
  • Follow libgimp deprecations in plug-ins and scripts
  • Add PDF export plugin
  • Lots of cairo porting here too
  • UTF-8 fixes in script-fu
  • Set the progress to 1.0 when done
  • Merge a lot of upstream fixes into script-fu’s Tinyscheme
  • Add “New Layer” option to MapObject
  • Support loading of 16-bit raw PPM files
  • Add web-page, a new plug-in which renders images of web pages
  • Fix some more plug-ins to not warn if applied on an empty region


  • Remove “Untitled” from palette names entries

Developer documentation:

  • Move libgimp documentation from templates to inline comments
  • Generate standard deprecated sections

Source and build system:

  • Add more code documentation
  • Add more unit tests and refactor existing ones to use global
    test utility functions
  • Add a manifest to executables (app and plug-ins, Win32)
  • Depend on GLib 2.28, GTK+ 2.24, Cairo 1.10
  • Make WebKit available to all plug-ins, not just the help browser
  • Run UI tests on Xvfb if available
  • Check for GdkPixbuf separately because it’s now a separate library
  • Allow tests to use uninstalled plug-ins from the build dir
  • Remove, comment out, or build for GIMP_UNSTABLE some stuff that
    should not be in a stable release


  • Improve safety on Win32 by calling SetDllDirectory() and
  • Switch from GtkObject::destroy() to GObject::dispose() all over
    the place
  • Various changes that make maintaining the gtk3-port branch easier,
    such as s/GtkAnchorType/GimpHandleAnchor/ and s/GtkObject/GtkAdjustment/
  • Don’t use gtk_container_add() for adding to GtkBoxes
  • Inherit from GtkBox directly, not from GtkHBox/GtkVBox
  • Add namespace to the ink blob types and functions
  • Remove all useless calls to gtk_range_set_update_policy()
  • Use GObject::constructed() instead of GObject::constructor() all
    over the place
  • Move more members to private and add accessors for them
  • Stop using GdkNativeWindow, use guint32 instead
  • Plug memory leaks
  • Remove ps-menurc, we are not a PS clone
  • Use the new g_[s]list_free_full() instead of foreach() and free()
  • Don’t use newly deprecated GTK+ API
  • Use the new GDK_KEY_foo key names
  • Lots of bug fixes and cleanup
  • Lots of translation updates


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about 13 years ago

Has anyone been able to get ghostscript running in windows 7 with Gimp 2.7.2/2.7.3?
I had it working fine in 2.6.11, but now it doesnt seem to work at all, keep getting the environmental variable error.
Have tried installing both the 32bit and 64bit GS, but no luck. the only difference is I installed the 64 bit version of gimp from pathas site this time whereas it was the 32 bit of gimp before.

I'm assuming its just because its the dev version, any help would be appreciated tho.

RodDetmer member for about 14 years RodDetmer 16 comments
over 13 years ago

I actually use a Hanwang tablet and have had no problems with it in 2.7.2.

The dif between Parthas and the developers is just that its an official developer release Parthas isn't.That's not saying either one is better than the other, it's just that with the official release you can report bugs.
(Thats what the release is for - testing).
Partha has done a fabulous job in getting the windows versions out for us.
On a further note i would also like to add that Partha compiles his versions every two weeks or so from GIT repository.
If you get a version that seems stable hold on to it and don't bother to update again.Each compile can be different in that some things can be missing other things added.
For instance Parthas version does NOT include the new web page builder plug-in that the developers version includes.I know because i just updated Parthas version.
Another thing i'd like to add is that Themes make the 2.7.2 version unstable - patterns, brushes, and gradients become invisible using themes.Also using the windows theme disables the text tool.
So whichever version you use use it at its default theme.
Parthas also comes with Python 2.7 already in it.You just need to unzip the file to Program Files (Windows XP), and add the python 32 dll to the gimp-2.0/python folder - then set up a environment variable
C:\Program Files\gimp-2.7.2\bin

you can find this and a lot of other info at gimp chats website (i posted a link earlier).

I hope that clears up a lot of questions.

Cezzare member for over 13 years Cezzare 4 comments
over 13 years ago

This version still has the broken pen tablet support issue?

josephbupe member for over 13 years josephbupe 20 comments
over 13 years ago

Thanks hannes61 for shading more light.

We appreciate the developers for their efforts and generosity.

hannes61 member for over 13 years hannes61 11 comments
over 13 years ago

RodDetmer mentioned that the current version at partha is two weeks older. No idea, what the differeces are.
But a window version will come.
I hope soon :)

josephbupe member for over 13 years josephbupe 20 comments
over 13 years ago


Is this the same version as partha's?

If not, what are the differences?

unhammer member for almost 15 years unhammer 25 comments rated this topic with 4/5
over 13 years ago

Morten Welinder wrote:
> As I read the list of changes, it could mostly have been boiled down to "Lots of
> changes with little direct benefit to Gimp, but made necessary by GTK+ changing > underneath us."

You do know that GTK is short for GIMP Toolkit? A lot of the changes that correspond with GTK (and Cairo) do help GIMP performance in various was, and code refactoring in general, although superficially boring, is essential to keep a project maintainable and prevent bit-rot.

In any case, there are a lot of cool changes in this new beta that are user-visible too. I highly recommend the LibreGraphicsWorld hands-on review of 2.7.2, see

hannes61 member for over 13 years hannes61 11 comments
over 13 years ago

>>A build for Windows users should follow soon, we will keep you up-to-date about that.<<

Reading is a solution :)

Sorry, for my post before.

hannes61 member for over 13 years hannes61 11 comments
over 13 years ago

When will come an official Windows release of 2.7.2?

RodDetmer member for about 14 years RodDetmer 16 comments
over 13 years ago

Just remember that version is a two week old version at Parthas website so it is fairly new BUT it is not a version you should submit bugs for as it could hinder the future 2.8 release.Please only report bugs for the developers releases.
More information can be found here.


xtudiux member for about 17 years xtudiux 19 comments rated this topic with 4/5
over 13 years ago

this site has an unofficial gimp2.7.2...for those who cant wait...heheheh

over 13 years ago

Has Gimp transitioned to 16 bit image representations yet?

Morten Welinder
over 13 years ago

As I read the list of changes, it could mostly have been boiled down to "Lots of changes with little direct benefit to Gimp, but made necessary by GTK+ changing underneath us."

over 13 years ago

Kudos to all developers, thanks a lot

josephbupe member for over 13 years josephbupe 20 comments
over 13 years ago

Breaking news!

Good thing to know we now have a real-time tracking of the development.

I can't way for the windows version.

Thanx alot.

Phillip Wayne
over 13 years ago

2.7.2 on Win7 -- heaven in a box. Is this to be a 64-bit release, or 32-bit only?

hannes61 member for over 13 years hannes61 11 comments
over 13 years ago

COOL! And yes thank you. :)

over 13 years ago

Thanks developers:)

RodDetmer member for about 14 years RodDetmer 16 comments
over 13 years ago

Can not wait for the Windows release.I wanna try out that new web page plug-in. :)