GIMP – The GNU Image Manipulation Program

It seems as though GIMP has been around as long as there has been a Photoshop – not sure if that’s true, but that’s how it feels. GIMP is the open-source competitor to Photoshop. It runs on a variety of platforms, including Linux, Windows and OSX. The only real problem with GIMP is that it feels old. With today’s release of GIMP version 2.8, hopefully that will change! More after the break.

Currently, the only way to use the new version is to compile it yourself – yuk. But, as in the past, I am sure someone will compile a Windows binary really soon and share it with the world. Previous versions for the Mac had to run inside X11, which is sort of a virtual Linux machine. Getting these versions to work on Mac OSX Lion was a bumpy task.

Here are some of the features of the new GIMP.

Single-Window Mode

In single-window mode, GIMP will put dockable dialogs and images in a single, tabbed image window.

Layer Groups

GIMP 2.8 lets users organize their compositions better through the introduction of layer groups which allow layers to be organized in tree-like structures.

Tools Drawn With Cairo

All tools rendering on canvas have been ported to Cairo to provide smooth antialiased graphics and make GIMP’s look and feel match modern users expectations.

 

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