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Gimp 2.8 Available Install on Ubuntu 12.04

GIMP – Gnu Image Manipulation Programme – Software behind GTK (GIMP Tool Kit) Version 2.8 Released. It was long two years development after the release of GIMP 2.6. The development is finished. The official announcement is on the official website gimp.org. Now GIMP 2.8 sources are available for download.

The New Version GIMP 2.8 Brings long awaited feature like Single window Mode. Now you can choose Single window mode or Multi Window Mode for editing. Apart from that GIMP 2.8 features On Canvas Editing, multi-column dock windows, a new set of brushes, Tabbed Image Open Interface etc. The new GIMP is very fast comapred to 2.6

For features and updates just go through the release notes now. you can download the source from its FTP servers.

Track the official development process on http://tasktaste.com/projects/Enselic/gimp-2-8.

New features in GIMP 2.8 (stable):

Check the features page on gimpusers.com

  • Single Window Mode: you can finally use a single main window instead of overlapping floating windows. This is optional and can be turned on from the Windows menu.
  • On-canavas text editing: editing text is not performed in a separate window anymore.
  • Multi-column dock windows which makes the GIMP UI a lot more customizable
  • Improved screen real estate for dockable dialogs
  • Using “Save” now saves the file in the GIMP XCF format and it can’t be used for saving PNG and other files. For non-XCF file types, you now have to use the “Export” menu entry.
  • You can now create layer groups which can be organized in tree-like structures
  • Brush system and tool preset improvements
  • You can now tag brushes and patterns
  • New slider widgets
  • A new set of default brushes and tool presets from Ramon Miranda (from GIMP Paint Studio)
  • Brushes can now be rotated
  • New open window navigation which displays a small preview for each tab
  • Tools rendering on canvas have been ported to Cairo to provide smooth antialiased graphics
  • A new “Lock Pixels” feature
  • Support loading 16bit (RGB565) raw data.
  • Export color values to CSS, PHP, Java, Python or plain text
  • Core integration of the graph-based GEGL library
  • Export to PDF
  • New tool: Cage Transform which makes it possible to easily warp parts of objects using an adjustable user-defined polygonal frame
  • Many others

Install GIMP 2.8 in Ubuntu

There is no official PPA for gimp for now. The GIMP 2.8 RC1 is only available now. It is very much close to the stable release.

If you’ve install the GIMP Plugin Registry package, remove it or else there will be some installation issues because this package hasn’t been compiled with GIMP 2.8 support:
sudo apt-get remove gimp-plugin-registry
To add the PPA and install GIMP 2.8 RC1 in Ubuntu 12.04 or 11.10, use the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install gimp
If you’re upgrading from an older GIMP version, instead of the last command above, use the following:
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Revert the changes (go back to GIMP 2.6.x)

If you don’t want to use the GIMP 2.8 RC1 packages in the PPA above for whatever reasons, you can purge it by using the following commands:
sudo apt-get install ppa-purge sudo ppa-purge ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp

GIMP Official FTP Server : ftp://ftp.gimp.org/pub/gimp/v2.8/

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On Fedora the Gimp 2.8 is coming on Fedora 17 release.


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