GIMP for Windows 2.4.4

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:

    - 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

    - Tile based memory management so image size is limited only by available disk space
    - Virtuallya 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...

What's New:
  • fixed typo in stock icon name
  • fixed handling of PSD files with empty layer names (bug #504149)
  • merged TinyScheme bug-fixes
  • removed duplicate entry from Tango palette
  • corrected parameter range in Chip Away script (bug #506110)
  • reduced redraw priority and speed of the marching ants (bug #479875)
  • fixed out-of-bounds array access in Convolution Matrix plug-in
  • reduced rounding errors in Convolution Matrix plug-in (bug #508114)
  • fixed potential crash on missing CMYK color profile
  • fixed crash in Bumpmap plug-in when called from some scripts (bug #509608)
  • Equalize should not equalise the alpha channel (bug #510210)
  • increased the number of points the ImageMap plug-in can handle (bug #511072)
  • adjusted the priority of the projection renderer (bug #511214)
  • smooth the brush mask to get a simpler cursor boundary (bug #304798)
  • show the selection even if the image window is invisible (bug #505758)
  • allow to commit a pending rectangular selection using Enter (bug #511599)
  • fixed bug in image dirty state logic (bug #509822)
  • improved GIMPressionist preformance and reduced startup time (bug #512126)
  • fixed a crash in the Convert to Color Profile plug-in (bug #512529)
  • merged some other minor fixes from trunk
  • translation updates (de, it, lt, ru, sv, uk)
Download: GIMP 2.4.4 (GPL, 16MB)
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I haven't used it in a while, how do the painting options compare to PS (brush selection, layer effects, etc.) from someone who has used both?

Gimp is ok for quick jobs. My main complaint is that I hate gtk apps in windows. I wish they would ditch it for something better.

That's true, I don't like it personally (as stated above), but for given that this costs hundreds of $/£ less than Photoshop, it's a no-brainer, and it can't be pirated

I got sick of the fact that when you minimize the program, you have to restore each part of the program manually. I tried, GimpShop, and it just crashed out, and now I'm using Not as powerful as photoshop, but does me just fine.

Dock your separate tools windows together. Simply drag it and drop it to connect. Then they minimize/maximize/restore/shade all as one.

Or do the "gimpshop" setup which sort of does the same thing, as well as other Photoshop-like changes.

GIMP is a very powerful editor, but I would have to agree with some that the interface isn't very intuitive at times.

I use Paint.NET as my preferred free image manipulator.

GIMP takes some getting used to, but once you learn the interface (and learn to love and use context menus) it's fantastic. Probably the best image editor I've ever used, and that includes Photoshop.

It's not bad. Don't do much with photos, to speak of anyway.
Does feel kind of cumbersome, even in Linux.

Haven't used the Windows version though.

Does anyone actually like GIMP, the interface is just so counter intuitive.

Edit: It seems there is a lot of people that like the interface...I think I'll try it again...

The interface is just great. You can align the particular windows just as you want, and you can do fullscreen image editing. Which you can't do with MDI applications like Photoshop (on Windows).

(I don't think you've ever seen Photoshop working on MacOS? )

I hated Gimp at first, but once you get used to it's interface and the way it works, it's actually very good.