June 27, 2013

NEW UPDATE: Free Download Gimp 2.8.6 Final 2013 for Windows, and Linux

GIMP is an advanced image editor and image manipulation software that is often compared to Photoshop. It offers a ton of features, including advanced layer support, masks, filters, effects and many other features found in professional graphics programs. Beware however that the interface needs getting used to, and the program has a rather steep learning curve .


Customizable Interface
  • Each task requires a different environment and GIMP allows you to customize the view and behavior the way you like it. Starting from the widget theme, allowing you to change colors, widget spacings and icon sizes to custom tool sets in the toolbox. The interface is modulized into so called docks, allowing you to stack them into tabs or keep them open in their own window. Pressing the tab key will toggle them hidden.
  • GIMP features a great fullscreen mode allowing you to not only preview your artwork but also do editing work while using the most of your screen estate.
Photo Enhancement
  • Numerous digital photo imperfections can be easily compensated for using GIMP. Fix perspective distortion caused by lens tilt simply choosing the corrective mode in the transform tools. Eliminate lens' barrel distortion and vignetting with a powerful filter but a simple interface.
  • The included channel mixer gives you the flexibility and power to get your B/W photography stand out the way you need.
Digital Retouching
  • GIMP is ideal for advanced photo retouching techniques. Get rid of unneeded details using the clone tool, or touch up minor details easily with the new healing tool. With the perspective clone tool, it's not difficult to clone objects with perspective in mind just as easily as with the orthogonal clone.
Hardware Support
  • GIMP includes a very unique support for various input devices out of the box. Pressure and tilt sensitive tablets, but also a wide range of USB or MIDI controllers. You can bind often-used actions to device events such as rotating a USB wheel or moving a MIDI controller's slider. Change the size, angle or opacity of a brush while you paint, bind your favorite scripts to buttons. Speed up your workflow!
File Formats
  • The file format support ranges from the common likes of JPEG (JFIF), GIF, PNG, TIFF to special use formats such as the multi-resolution and multi-color-depth Windows icon files. The architecture allows to extend GIMP's format capabilities with a plug-in. You can find some rare format support in the GIMP plugin registry.
  • Thanks to the transparent virtual file system, it is possible to load and save files to from remote locations using protocols such as FTP, HTTP or even SMB (MS Windows shares) and SFTP/SSH.
  • To save disk space, any format can be saved with an archive extension such as ZIP, GZ or BZ2 and GIMP will transparently compress the file without you needing to do any extra steps.



What's New on Gimp 2.8.6 2013 ?



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                   GNU Image Manipulation Program
                          2.8 Stable Branch
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This is the stable branch of GIMP. No new features are being added
here, just bug-fixes.


Overview of Changes from GIMP 2.8.4 to GIMP 2.8.6
=================================================


Core:

 - Fix saving to URIs, it was broken to only allow exporting, and fix
   save/export of compressed files
 - Fix brush spacing for drawing in any direction
 - Increase the maximum size of clipboard brushes and patterns to 1024x1024
 - Make sure data objects are saved when only their name was changed


GUI:

 - Don't allow single-window docks to shrink smaller than their requisition
 - Make sure a single-window's right docks keep their size across sessions
 - Allow to change the spacing of non-generated brushes again
 - In single-window mode, make Escape move the focus to the canvas,
   and beep if the focus is already there
 - Be smarter about unavailable fonts, and don't crash
 - Make clicking the single-window's close button quit GIMP
 - Make view-close (Ctrl+W) only close image windows and tabs, not docks


Libgimp:

 - Add SIGNED_ROUND() which also rounds negative values correctly


Plug-ins:

 - Make GIMP_PLUGIN_DEBUG work again after GLib changed logging
 - Fix zealous crop for transparent borders


Installer:

 - Add Hungarian translation


Data:

 - Add a default "Color from Gradient" dynamics and tool preset


General:

 - Lots of bug fixes
 - Lots of translation updates


Overview of Changes from GIMP 2.8.2 to GIMP 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


Overview of Changes from GIMP 2.8.0 to GIMP 2.8.2
=================================================


Core:

 - Make tag matching always case-insensitive
 - Let the tile-cache-size default to half the physical memory


GUI:

 - Mention that the image was exported in the close warning dialog
 - Make sure popup windows appear on top on OSX
 - Allow file opening by dropping to the OSX dock
 - Fix the visibility logic of the export/overwrite menu items
 - Remove all "Use GEGL" menu items, they only add bugs and zero function
 - Improve performance of display filters, especially color management
 - Fix the image window title to comply with the save/export spec
   and use the same image name everywhere, not only in the title
 - Fix positioning of pasted/dropped stuff to be more reasonable


Libgimp:

 - Move gimpdir and thumbnails to proper locations on OSX
 - Implement relocation on OSX
 - Allow to use $(gimp_installation_dir) in config files


Plug-ins:

 - Fix remembering of JPEG load/save defaults
 - Revive the page setup dialog on Windows


Source and build system:

 - Add Windows installer infrastructure
 - Add infrastructure to build GIMP.app on OSX


General:

 - Lots of bug fixes
 - List of translation updates


GIMP User Manual


GIMP for Windows

GIMP for Windows (version 2.8.6)
86 MB
GIMP requires Windows XP with Service Pack 3, or a newer version of Windows to run.
This version of GIMP also requires a CPU with SSE instruction set (Pentium III, Athlon XP or better).
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Source for version 2.8 (Stable)

GIMP releases available from gimp.org and its mirrors contain the source code and have to be compiled in order to be installed on your system.
For instructions, how to build GIMP from source code, please see this page.
GIMP 2.8.6 is now available at ftp://ftp.gimp.org/pub/gimp/v2.8/. You may want to read the Release Notes for GIMP 2.8.
To allow you to check the integrity of the tarballs, here are the MD5 sums of the latest releases:
FileMD5 sum
gimp-2.8.6.tar.bz212b3fdf33d1f07ae79b412a9e38b9693
gimp-2.8.4.tar.bz2392592e8755d046317878d226145900f
gimp-2.8.2.tar.bz2b542138820ca3a41cbd63fc331907955
gimp-2.8.0.tar.bz228997d14055f15db063eb92e1c8a7ebb
GIMP help files are available at ftp://ftp.gimp.org/pub/gimp/help/.
Please consider using one of the mirrors listed below.

Development snapshots

There are no releases of the 2.9 development version yet.
Nightly builds for Windows are available at darkrefraction.com. This is unstable software, please use it at your own risk.
A detailed list of changes in the development branch is available in git.





 
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