GIMP 2.8 Released, Faith In Our Future Renewed


GIMP 2.8 has been released for general consumption after 2 long years of nail-biting, cursing and spousal abuse.  This release is positively epic because not only does it bring with it a ton of hype, it brings with it the most useful feature updates in it’s long and storied history.

We’d reported a couple of months ago on the impending release and how close we were getting to an official build.  Our report was met with a lot of doubt from readers, and rightly so.  GIMP 2.8 seemed to be baking in an oven that was not on.  Well, regardless of that doubt, we are proud to announce that this actual release comes in front of our own reported forecast.  Thank you GIMP team!


Single-window mode

The single most requested feature of GIMP 2.8 is in the mix.  Single-window mode aims to simplify an artist’s workflow within a modern window-manager, such as Gnome 3 or Unity.  In GIMP 2.6, working with multiple images in either of those desktops is a real challenge.  This feature will allow users to run with the application maximized, working on images within that virtual environment without having to deal with the awkward, “modern” idioms of today’s popular desktop environments.

From OMG!Ubuntu

On Canvas Text Editing

Another trial in patience with GIMP 2.6 was having to edit text in yet another separate window.  As much as I love the GIMP, this has always been an absolute, workflow impacting nightmare.  Also available in this on canvas toolbox are obvious and usable buttons for setting your typeface, traditionally.  Three cheers for this!

Layer Groups

If you do a lot of complicated image manipulation in the GIMP and suddenly find yourself with 20+ layers (happens to me all the time), you might have found yourself trying to come up with all sorts of elaborate naming schemes to keep them organized.  No more!  With GIMP 2.8, you can now organize your layers into group, and those groups can be raised or lowered together, giving you the ability to move several layers in one click-drag.

Get it!

GIMP 2.8 is what dreams are made of.  But unlike real life where you might pursue the ability to put yourself into a Lucid state of mind so that you can capture their essence, with GIMP 2.8 you can simply add this PPA to your system!

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install gimp

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About Dean Howell

Aside from being a huge Sega fan, Dean is an LPIC certified Linux professional with over a decade experience. In addition to spending his free time burning through the classics from Sega and evangelizing open source, he's also the editor-in-cheif of The Powerbase.