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 .
What's New on Gimp 2.8.6 2013 ?
------------------------------ GNU Image Manipulation Program 2.8 Stable Branch ------------------------------ 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
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:
GIMP help files are available at ftp://ftp.gimp.org/pub/gimp/help/.
Please consider using one of the mirrors listed below.
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.