Software update: GIMP 2.10.6




An update of the open source photo editing program GIMP has recently been released. The name GIMP is an abbreviation for ‘GNU Image Manipulation Program’. The software is available for various operating systems, including Windows, FreeBSD, Linux, macOS and Solaris. New in version 2.10 includes the GEGL image processing engine, the canvas can be rotated and we find various new and improved tools. The release notes for version 2.10.6 can be found below.

GIMP 2.10.6 Released
Almost four months have passed since GIMP 2.10.0 release , and this is already the fourth version in the series, bringing you bug fixes, optimizations and new features. The most notable changes are listed below (see also the NEWS file).

Main changes
Vertical text layers
GIMP finally gets support for vertical text (top-to-bottom writing)! This is a particularly anticipated feature for several East Asian writing systems , but also for anyone wishing to design fancy vertical text.

For this reason, GIMP provides several variants of vertical text, with mixed orientation (as is typical in East-Asian vertical writing) or upright orientation (with more common for Western vertical writing), with right-to-left, as well as left- to-right columns.

Thanks to Yoshio Ono for the vertical text implementation!

New filters
Two new filters make an entrance in this release:

Little Planet
This new filter is built on top of the pre-existent gegl:stereographic-projection operation and is finetuned to create “little planets” from 360 × 180 ° equirectangular panorama images.

Long Shadow
This new GEGL-based filter simplifies creating long shadows in several visual styles.

There is a handful or configurable options, all helping you to cut extra steps from the desired effect.

Improved straightening in the Measure tool
A lot of people appreciated the new Horizon Straightening feature added in GIMP 2.10.4. Yet many of you wanted vertical straightening as well. This is now possible.

In the Auto mode (default), Straighten will snap to the narrower angle to decide for vertical or horizontal straightening. You can override this behavior explicitly which it should be.

Optimized drawable preview rendering
Most creators working on complex projects in GIMP have had bad days when there are many layers in a large image, and GIMP can not keep up with scrolling the layers list or showing / hiding layers.

Part of the reason was that GIMP could not update user interface until it was done rendering layer previews. Ell again did some miracles here by having most drawable previews render asynchronously.

For now, the only exception to that are layer groups. Rendering them asynchronously is still not possible, so until we deal with this too, we made it possible for you to disable rendering layer group previews completely. Head over to Preferences> Interface and tick off the respective checkbox.

One more thing to mention here. For technically-minded users, the Dashboard dockable dialog ( GIMP 2.10.0 ) now displays the number of async operations running in the Misc group.

A new localization: Marathi
GIMP was already available in 80 languages. Well, it’s 81 languages now!

A team from the North Maharashtra University , Jalgaon, worked on a Marathon and GIMP.

Of course, we should not forget all the other translators who have a wonderful work on GIMP. In this release, 13 other translations were updated: Brazilian Portuguese, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian, Latvian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Slovenian, Spanish, and Swedish.

File dialog filtering simplified
A common cause of confusion in the file dialogs (opening, saving, exporting …) was the presence of two file format lists, one for displaying files with a specific extension, the other for the actual file format choice. So we streamlined this.

There is just one list available now.

Additionally, a new checkbox allows you to display the full list of files, regardless of the selected file format. This could be useful when you want to enforce an unusual file extension or reuse an existing file.

The end of DLL hell? A note to plug-in developers …
A major problem about the years, on Windows, was what developers call the DLL hell . This was mostly due to third-party software installing libraries in system folders or by third-party plug-ins with a shared libraries interface with other plug-ins.

The former had already been mostly fixed by tweaking the DLL search priority order. This release provides an additional 32-bit plug-ins running on 64-bit Windows systems ( WoW64 mode ).

The latter was fixed already since GIMP 2.10.0 if you installed your plug-ins in its own directory (which is not compulsory, but will be in GIMP 3).

If you have a plug-in named myplugin.exe , please install it under plug-ins/myplugin/myplugin.exe . This way, you will not pollute other plugins if you ever included libraries, but your plugin will not be prevented from running by unwanted libraries as well. All our core plugins are now installed this way. Any third-party plug-ins should be as well.

Ongoing Development
Prepare for the space invasion!
Meanwhile, taking place at the same time, GEGL, and GIMP 2.99 fronts, pippin and Mitch embarked on a project internally nicknamed the ” space invasion “, the end of which is to simplify and improve color management in GIMP, as well as other GEGL-based projects.

About a year ago, the library used by GIMP and GEGL to perform color conversions, arbitrary RGB color spaces to existing pixel formats. This, in turn, allows GIMP to start using babes for performing conversions between certain classes of color profiles, instead of relying solely on the LCMS library, greatly improving performance. However, these conversions would only take place at GIMP, and the outside world; internally, the actual color profile of the image had limited effect, leading to inconsistent or incorrect results for certain image-processing operations.

The current effort seeks to change that, by having all data internally internally. When properly handled by GEGL and GIMP, this allows the right conversions to be applied in the correct color space.

While the ongoing work towards this goal is already available in the mainline and GEGL versions, we are currently restricting it to the GIMP 2.99 development version (to become GIMP 3.0), but it will most likely make it a future GIMP 2.10. x release.

GIMP extensions
Lastly Jehan, from ZeMarmot project , has been working on extensions in GIMP . An extension could be anything from plug-ins to splash images, patterns, brushes, gradients … Basically anything that could be created and added by anyone. The end goal would be to allow creators of such extensions to upload them on public repositories, and for anyone to search and install them in a few clicks, with version management, updates, etc.

This work is also in the development branch for the time being, but should be a GIMP 2.10.x release at some point in the future as well.

GIMP 2.10 screenshot (620 pix)

Version number 2.10.6
Release status Final
Operating systems Windows 7, Linux, BSD, macOS, Solaris, Windows 8, Windows 10
File size 169.84MB
License type GPL


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