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GIMP 2.10 Adds a Dockable Cache & Swap Monitor

GIMP 2.10 dashboard featureA super nerdy new feature will ship in GIMP 2.10, the next major release of the hugely popular open-source image editor. It’s called ‘Dashboard’ and it is a dockable dialog that provides at-a-glance info on how GIMP is using cache and swap space. GIMP devs say the feature could be useful for anyone looking to improve […]

This post, GIMP 2.10 Adds a Dockable Cache & Swap Monitor, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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GIMP Is (Finally) Getting a Built-in Metadata Editor

gimp loading screenThe next version of GIMP will include an updated metadata viewer and a new metadata editor. The improved features are down to GIMP developer Benoit Touchette, whose work improves the existing ‘view metadata’ box but finally makes it possible to edit metadata in GIMP. A small slice of progress for sure, but a welcome one […]

This post, GIMP Is (Finally) Getting a Built-in Metadata Editor, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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Install GIMP 2.8.20 In Ubuntu Or Linux Mint Via PPA

GIMP 2.8.20 (stable) image editor was released recently, bringing various bug and small enhancements, and today it was uploaded to a PPA for Ubuntu.

GIMP 2.8.20 Ubuntu GNOME

GIMP 2.8.20 changes include:

  • Core:
    • fixed: saving to existing .xcf.bz and .xcf.gz files didn’t truncate them and could lead to unnecessarily large files;
    • fixed: text layer created by gimp-text-fontname doesn’t respect border when resized;
  • GUI:
    • fixed: vertical ruler shows artifacts if the status bar isn’t showing;
    • improve the visiblity of slider handles with dark themes;
    • make it harder to switch to renaming if selecting already selected items in resource lists;
  • Tools:
    • make toggling to color picker mode of paint tools more robust;
  • Plug-ins:
    • fixed: filter ‘Edge Detect/Difference of Gaussians’ returns empty image;
    • when printing, the images are composed onto a white background to prevent printing a black box instead of a transaprent image;
    • fixed: color visison deficiency display filters to apply gamma correction directly.

A complete changelog can be found HERE.

2.8.x is the stable GIMP branch, and it doesn’t include any new features.

You may be wondering about the status of the next GIMP major releases: 2.10 and 3.0.
Well, GIMP 2.10 is currently blocked by some improvements that have yet to be implemented, such as the introduction of linear workflow, reworked layer modes, and improved color management, among others.
As for GIMP 3.0, the GIMP developers say that the GTK+3 port may prove to be a bigger change than expected, and GIMP 3.0 may end up switching to GTK+4. You can read more about this on the GIMP blog.

For how to install GIMP 2.9.x (development) in Ubuntu or Linux Mint via PPA, see THIS article.

Install GIMP 2.8.20 in Ubuntu or Linux Mint

As usual, the latest stable GIMP is available in Otto’s PPA. To add the PPA and install GIMP in Ubuntu, Linux Mint, and other Ubuntu-based Linux distributions, use the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp
sudo apt update
sudo apt install gimp

The PPA also includes updated GIMP Plugin Registry, a colection of many optional GIMP extensions, as well as the G’MIC (GREYC’s Magic foor Image Computing) GIMP plugin which includes more than 450 filters. To install both of these, use the commands below:
sudo apt install gimp-plugin-registry gimp-gmic

For other Linux distributions, Windows and Mac, see the GIMP downloads page.

How to revert the changes

In case you encounter issues and you want to go back to the GIMP version available in the Ubuntu repositories, you can purge the PPA using ppa-purge
To install ppa-purge and purge Otto’s GIMP PPA, use the commands below:
sudo apt install ppa-purge
sudo ppa-purge ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp

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What To Expect In GIMP 2.10

gimp logo on ubuntuThe GIMP is our favorite image editing app for Linux, and this year it’s set to get even better. The development team behind the hugely popular open-source project this week shared word about ‘what’s next for GIMP‘ in 2017. Included are details on plans for GIMP 2.10, which will be the first major stable release of the app since GIMP 2.8 was released […]

This post, What To Expect In GIMP 2.10, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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Adobe Style Icons for GIMP and Inkscape


The stock icons for The GIMP and Inkscape are nice enough, but if you’d rather replace them with Adobe Creative Suite-esque alternatives, you can.

The desire to switch the default icons of The GIMP (a, er, dog or coyote chewing on a paintbrush) and Inkscape (an inky mountain) for uniform Adobe-style alternatives will, naturally, not be to everyone’s tastes.

Being able to ‘scratch an itch’ is part of the beauty of open-source software.

DeviantArt user ~RohitAwate explains his reason for creating these two icons:

“I loved Adobe’s icons for Photoshop and their other apps and wanted similar ones for GIMP/Inkscape. But after a long and fruitless search, I just decided to make them on my own. Thought I would share them with you!”

Rohit’s replacement GIMP and Inkscape can be downloaded from DeviantArt at the link below. Included are two icons (as .svg files) and complete step-by-step instructions on how to ‘install’ them.

Download Adobe Style Icons for GIMP & Inkscape

This post, Adobe Style Icons for GIMP and Inkscape, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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