Software update: GIMP 2.10.8




The GIMP logo (75 pix) An update of the open source photo editing program GIMP has 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 can find various new and improved tools. The release notes for version 2.10.8 can be found below.

Notable improvements
In particular, chunk size or image projections are now determined dynamically depending on processing speed, allowing better responsiveness or GIMP on less powerful machines.

Moreover various tools have added performance logs, which will allow us to optimize GIMP even more in the future. As with most recent optimizations or GIMP, these are the results of Ell’s awesomeness. Thanks Ell!

In the meantime, various bugs have been fixed in wavelet-decompose , the new vertical text feature (including text-by-path), selection tools, and more. On Windows, we also improved RawTherapee detection (for RawTherapee 5.5 and over), working in sync with the developers of this very nice RAW processing software. And many, many more fixes, here and there …

The Save dialog also has a bit of retouching as it now shows more prominently the features of preventing backward compatibility (in case of someone using an older version of GIMP). Of course, we want to stress that we absolutely recommend that you use the latest version of GIMP. But life is what it is, so we know that sometimes you have no choice. Now it will be easier to make your XCF backward compatible (which means, or course, that some new features should not be used).

Thanks to Ell, the Gradient tool now supports multi-color hard-edge gradient fills. This feature is available as a new Step gradient segment blending mode. This creates a hard-edge transition between the two adjacent color stops at the midpoint.

On the usability end of things, all transform tools now apply changes when you save or export / overwrite an image without pressing Enter first to confirm changes. This is not very visible when it is a layer.

CIE xyY support
Thanks to Elle Stone, GIMP now features initial support for color readouts in the CIE xyY color space. You can see these values ​​in the Info window of the Color Picker tool and in the Sample Points dock. Most of the related code goes into the babl library.

Much like CIE LAB, this color space is a derivative of CIE XYZ. The Y channel separates luminance information from the chromaticity information in the x and y channels. You might be (unknowingly) familiar with this color space if you have a diagram of an ICC profile .

CIE xyY is useful to explore varios color-related topics like the Abney effect . See this thread for an example of what people do with this child of information.

Improved GIMP experience on macOS
Our new macOS contributor, Alex Samorukov, has improved the macOS / OSX package, debugging and patching both GIMP, GEGL, and the gtk-osx project .

Some of the macOS specific bugs are fixed are artifacts while zooming, the windows focus bug in plug-ins, and non-functional support for some non-Wacom tablets. Jehan, Ell, and Øyvind actively participated in fixing these and other macOS issues.

We also thank CircleCI for providing their infrastructure free of charge. This helps us automatically building GIMP for macOS.

That said, please keep in mind that we have very few developers for macOS and Windows. If you want GIMP to be supported on your operating system of choice, we do welcome new contributors!

Also, see the NEWS file for more information on the new GIMP release, and the commute history for even more details.

GIMP 2.10 screenshot (620 pix)

Version number 2.10.8
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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