Gimp 2.8: So Close, Yet So Far, Yet So Close

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The long-awaited and much anticipated 2.8 release of GIMP is right around the corner!  Wait, I know, you’ve heard this before.  You were expecting it at the end of 2010, and then in 2011, and so on…  Well, fear not because it’s really coming in less than 45 days!  Want proof?  Nothing could be more clear than this infographic.

In case you don’t feel like following the link, here is a screencap of what’s remaining.

From the graphic, you can see that the remaining tasks are all related to pushing out a proper release.  It seems that GIMP 2.8 is 99.9% finished, and though it doesn’t look like it will make it out in time for inclusion in popular upcoming distro releases like Ubuntu 12.04 and Fedora 17, keep your eyes open for it in a PPA near near you come this May.

Official schedule for GIMP 2.8. When the tasks that are listed here are completed, GIMP 2.8 is ready for a release. For each task, an estimate of the time it takes to complete it is given, in 8-hour work days (the ‘Size’ of the task). Bug numbers refer to bug reports over at our bug tracker.

The most comforting thing about this graphic is how closely “work left” follows the decline towards the release date.  Gimp 2.8 will include the monumentally epic “single window mode”, which will be a boon for any of you out there using Gnome 3 or Unity.  There is also an option to switch off single window mode if you so prefer.

Get your party hats on people, this one is gonna be big.


Dean Howell

Dean Howell has over a decade of experience with Linux and nearly 2 decades of experience with computers in general. Currently, Dean is Editor-in-chief of The Powerbase and also works for one of the world's largest providers of Linux-based NVRs.

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  • Bugsbane

    I use KDE (and have gotten used to multi window mode over the last 6 years), yet I still consider single window mode to be monumentally epic. Can’t wait!

  • Stefanmaerz

    Single Window will be optional fwiw. Personally, I have no opinion either way, oddly.

    • Ageg

      Thanks. That was the info I wanted.
      It took me time to get away from teh Photoshop habits (like never having bought one legally like 99% of people I know) and I like it the traditional GIMP way now.
      I could get used to single window again but thats not the point.
      Too many times changes are done ‘because’ its better when its a 50-50 (or less) call. Like left sided max-min-close buttons.

      Of course, multi and single window are a workflow thing. They are NOT epic changes to how the program works. Id rather they concentrate on how you move things around, how things snap together or how you resize things… about 2 dozen things more important than single-multi.

  • Alex Bremer

    Sorry to rain on your parade, but that TaskTaste graph is worth nothing. I’ve been following this graph for 6 month now and each month the release is delayed for another month. The Tasks listed on TaskTaste just don’t reflect the real work which has to be done to get the release out.

    The real list can be found on the Gimp bugtracker: https://bugzilla.gnome.org/buglist.cgi?product=GIMP&bug_status=UNCONFIRMED&bug_status=NEW&bug_status=ASSIGNED&bug_status=REOPENED&target_milestone=2.8

    I hope you are right and we do see a release within the next 45 days. However if I were you, I would not bet my money on it.

    • WoodenSaucer

      I’ve been following it closely, too. Each day it is extended one more day, which means it will never get done. :)

      There was a while that it was extended two days every day. A couple of weeks ago, they got some things done, though.

  • Christopher Martin

    I’ll believe it when I see it. I’ve been using Gimp for about 7 years now as my primary 2D graphics program and I kinda/sorta follow the development. At first, I was really excited about 2.8. However, now that it’s been such a long wait with unfulfilled deadlines that I refuse to get excited until I see a download link for Gimp 2.8.

  • Christopher Martin

    I’ll believe it when I see it. I’ve been using Gimp for about 7 years now as my primary 2D graphics program and I kinda/sorta follow the development. At first, I was really excited about 2.8. However, now that it’s been such a long wait with unfulfilled deadlines that I refuse to get excited until I see a download link for Gimp 2.8.

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  • Guest

    First time I read about GIMP 2.8 was in 2009. I still prefer my good old Photoshop Elements version 6, from two years earlier.

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  • ScionicSpectre

    If the development cycle doesn’t pick up during the 2.10/3.0 cycle, I think we just need to build a new image editor that aims to excel in all the common tasks and be written in a language and format people can easily contribute to.

    GIMP’s getting old, difficult to maintain, and there are some parts of the code that no one understands. I really want the best to come of this, but even with the user interface enhancements (which I do love), I think we could go a lot further to make a new class of design applications, and it’s sad that we’re always waiting on GIMP to be the do-it-all program. We need alternatives.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nathaniel.sabanski Nathaniel Sabanski

    Non destructive layer effects and layer groups please.

    • Stefanmaerz

      Layer groups in 2.8, non destructive editing in 2.10. Allegedly, 90% of the big 2.10 feature is already done.

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