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Latest version:
2.8.14 29/04/15
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Open source image editor gets even better

Lewis Leong (@lewisleong)

Recent changes

  • Runs natively in OS X. X11 is no longer required. For full changelog, please visit:

  • Version 2.8.4:

  • Core:
  • Move the OSX gimpdir to "~/Library/Application Support"
  • GUI:
  • Better names for the default filters in save and export
  • Make tool drawing (esp. the brush outline) much more responsive
  • Remember the "maximized" state across sessions
  • Simplify the splash image code a lot, makes it appear immediately again
  • Allow the text tool to start on an image without layers
  • Various fixes for text style attribute handling
  • Set unconfigured input devices to eraser if GTK+ says they are erasers
  • Make language selectable in Preferences on OSX
  • Libgimp:
  • Make libgimp drawable combo boxes aware of layer groups
  • Make sure plug-in windows appear on top on OSX
  • Fix item width in GimpPageSelector (used e.g. in PDF import)
  • Plug-ins:
  • Better default values in the Drop Shadow script
  • Fix a whole bunch of bugs in the BMP plug-in
  • On OSX, use the system's screenshot utility
  • Installer:
  • Add Brazilian-Portuguese translation to the Windows installer
  • Source and build system:
  • Many improvements to the OSX bundle build system
  • Support automake 1.13
  • General:
  • Lots of bug fixes
  • Lots of translation updates

Review last updated: 14/02/13

  • Multiplatform
  • Powerful image editing tools
  • Lots of interface tweaks to make it newbie friendly
  • Single-window mode
  • FINALLY runs natively on the Mac
  • Can't view multiple items in single-window mode
  • Not many included automated features
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GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It has many capabilities. It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, an image format converter, etc.

GIMP is expandable and extensible. It is designed to be augmented with plug-ins and extensions to do just about anything. The advanced scripting interface allows everything from the simplest task to the most complex image manipulation procedures to be easily scripted.

"For tech savvy users only"

GIMP image editor is on the market for a long time. Developers have visually polished their product but it is still oriented for tech savvy users. Application interface lets you make few steps but it is difficult to understand how it works without additional investigation. That is why I found built in user manual feature helpful. I would also admit “Tip of the Day” option. There are useful tricks and hints there. Despite built in user manual and nice interface I would not recommend this application for users with limited graphic design and image editing experience.

  • visually polished interface
  • Tip of the day feature

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