GIMP 2.4.0 RC3

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.

Features and Capabilities:

* Painting
- Full suite of painting tools including Brush, Pencil, Airbrush, Clone, etc.
- Sub-pixel sampling for all paint tools for high quality anti-aliasing
- Extremely powerful gradient editor and blend tool
- Supports custom brushes and patterns

* System
- Tile based memory management so image size is limited only by available disk space
- Virtually unlimited number of images open at one time

* Advanced Manipulation
- Full alpha channel support
- Layers and channels
- Multiple Undo/Redo (limited only by diskspace)
- Editable text layers
- Transformation tools including rotate, scale, shear and flip
- Selection tools including rectangle, ellipse, free, fuzzy and intelligent
- Advanced path tool doing bezier and polygonal selections.
- Transformable paths, transformable selections.
- Quickmask to paint a selection and more...

Changes in GIMP 2.4.0 RC3:

- use the new format for storing recently used files
- added conversion options to the color profile conversion plug-in
- allow to disable the toolbox menu on all platforms
- further improved handling of the JPEG settings
- switch tabs when hovering over them
- added a PDB function to remove the alpha channel from a layer
- plug-in previews remember the state of the Preview checkbox (bug #478657)
- bug fixes

Download: Gimp 2.4.0 RC3
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Link: Gimp Home Page
View: GIMPshop (Adobe Photoshop clone)

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Now rhy just need to redo the entire GUI and workflow and maybe they'll havea usable competitive package. outside of the die hard Open Soruce fans.

Seriusly sure you can use GIMP, but if you don't have to and are reasonaely sane, you don't want to.

I've never used Photoshop, but GIMP works fine, once I got used to the concept of layers and masking (I would have had to learn these in PS, too).

markjensen said,
I've never used Photoshop, but GIMP works fine, once I got used to the concept of layers and masking (I would have had to learn these in PS, too).

As I said, it works, as long as you haven't used anything better. And this isn't exactly about layers and masking. it's more about some of the worst GUI decisions ever made.

GIMP may have a solid coding foundation, but they need to get someone that actually does work with graphics design and someone that knows something about GUI design and workflows ouside of havign heard rumours of it on their team and redesign the whole frontend of the app. Many very good apps suffer from one major fault, coders think in one way and do a lot of stuff around this way, this in turn tends to make most coders horrible at making GUI's maybe they just don't see their faults or they simply think that for them it's better this way, because as coders it makes sense to put it there, but fir a graphics designers, in other words the guys who use it, it doen'tmake sense at all. GIMP is pretty much the ultimate example of coers making a GUI, and they just don't know how to do it.

At least with fluxbox I believe it was on linux you could improve the GIMP gui a great deal by using the grouping and attachign windows to each other fucntionality of the shell.

Yeah, I am a fluxbox user. What you are talking about is "tabs" where you merge windows together and you can click the tab to switch the window displayed to the selected one. Kinda neat, but not practical for me. I prefer what windows I have open to be spread so they all can be seen and I can bounce instantly to them.

Question on the interface, though. Isn't Photoshop on the Mac laid out differently than it is on Windows? Sort of an MDI vs SDI approach?

markjensen said,
Question on the interface, though. Isn't Photoshop on the Mac laid out differently than it is on Windows? Sort of an MDI vs SDI approach?

Not really Mark, the transition between platforms its seamless.

yeah, they have the same inerace, but on windows the "tool" windows are confined inside the application window, while ont he Apple I believe they don't have an seåarate windows for thr application.

But they are the same anyway, at elast if you run it maxiized with is what pretty much all do. vut othewise the difference is that on Max the desktop is the workspace where the Tool windows and your canvas windows are displayed, while on windows they are inthe photoshop window.

personally I prefer the windows solution, but I am a windows users, Abd this is done like thise due to the different ways windows and Mac's are designed and used.

I don't get how having several windows for the same app is such an issue... could it be that those having problems with gimp are the ones that rely on the taskbar for switching apps, windows style?

ichi said,
I don't get how having several windows for the same app is such an issue... could it be that those having problems with gimp are the ones that rely on the taskbar for switching apps, windows style?

I don't think it's just a Windows-user symptom... I didn't even know about Alt+tab switching until I'd moved to KDE, but quickly got used to using it for application switching. Using GIMP completely wrecks this paradigm, as you have to perform three Alt+tab switches to bring it to the front.

The closest I found to a solution is using GIMP on its own Desktop and using Ctrl+Alt+tab to switch desktops, but it's still a nuisance. At least having an option to go MDI would be a massive boost for adoption, I think, but I'm afraid the devs show little sign of giving the idea higher priority any time soon

Havin_it said,
I don't think it's just a Windows-user symptom... I didn't even know about Alt+tab switching until I'd moved to KDE, but quickly got used to using it for application switching. Using GIMP completely wrecks this paradigm, as you have to perform three Alt+tab switches to bring it to the front.

The closest I found to a solution is using GIMP on its own Desktop and using Ctrl+Alt+tab to switch desktops, but it's still a nuisance. At least having an option to go MDI would be a massive boost for adoption, I think, but I'm afraid the devs show little sign of giving the idea higher priority any time soon :(

Well, I never use Alt+tab, so that could explain why I have no problems with the gimp :ponder: