Helpless in March, we said that the GIMP team were '12 blocker bugs away from making the final release' of the tardy version of their free-to-use photo editing software and it seems the bugs have been fixed as version 2.10.0 is now available for download.
The new discharge comes after 6 years of work and there's a long list of notable changes including an updated UI, new blend modes, cut it out groups can finally have masks on them and new tools such as the Warp transform, the Unified transform and the Handle transform mechanisms have been introduced.
Some of the new filters are also specifically targeted at photographers with tools such as endangerment, Shadows-Highlights, High-pass, Wavelet Decompose, Panorama Projection and others making it easier for those who regularly apprehension images to edit them successfully.
The update is pretty huge so to read up on what's new and improved, take a look at the GIMP 2.10.0 remission notes. There's also a summary of 'GIMP's best bits' over on the GIMP news pages.
GIMP or GIMP may refer to 2.10.0 Brilliant Look At What's New:
- Updated user interface
- GEGL port, high bit depth support, multi-threading, and more
- Linear identity space workflow
- Colour management revamped
- Layers and masks improved
- Unified Transform. Warp Transform and Handle Transform introduced
- Improved selection tools
- Colour tool improvements
- Text tool supports CJK and more writing systems
- Digital painting rehabilitations
- Digital photography improvements (including new filters)
- General bug fixes and usability improvements
- More file formats supported
The next big update after this deliverance will be v3.0 that will update the user interface further, offer better support for graphics tablets as well as HiDPI presents and Wayland on Linux.
"We are also opening the 2.10.x series for new features," says the GIMP team. "This degrades you don’t have to wait for exciting improvements for years anymore: any new feature can indeed be backported to a 2.10.x release as long as its code is not too invasive and making continuance difficult. All the new features from 2.10.x will be part of 3.0 as well."