GIMP is a digital photo manipulation tool for Windows (and many other platforms) considered the open source (free) answer to Adobe Photoshop. Like Photoshop, GIMP is suitable for a variety of image manipulation tasks including photo editing, image composition, image construction, and has many other capabilities. It can be used as a simple paint program, expert grade photo editing program, online batch processing system, mass production image renderer, image format converter and many more. Moreover.
GIMP is incredibly extensible and extensible – it’s designed to be supplemented with plugins and extensions to do just about anything. The advanced scripting interface allows everything from the simplest tasks to the most complex image manipulation procedures to be easily scripted.
One of the strengths of GIMP is its free availability from many sources for many operating systems. So if you don’t want to pay the price for Photoshop, GIMP is definitely the app for you!
- Complete suite of painting tools including Brush, Pencil, Airbrush, Clone, and more, including support for custom brushes and patterns
- Extremely powerful gradient editor and blending tool
- Transformation tools including rotate, scale, shear, flip, etc.
- Support a variety of selection tools such as rectangle, rounded rectangle, ellipse, free, blur, etc.
- Supports many file formats – including bmp, gif, jpeg, mng, pcx, pdf, png, ps, psd, svg, tiff, tga, xpm, etc.
- Advanced path tool making bezier and polygonal selections
- Supports a virtually unlimited number of images open at the same time
- Load, view, convert and save in many different file formats
Highlights of the release:
- Bug fixes for GIMP on Windows; see below for more details.
- The dockable Dashboard now has memory support in OpenBSD.
- GIMP performance improvements on macOS Big Sur have been applied in our macOS packages since GIMP 2.10.22 on an experimental basis. We felt confident enough to move the code to our main code base.
- The following plugins have received fixes: C-source, DICOM, GIF, PS, Sunras, BMP, DDS, PSD, TIFF, Gimpressionist, metadata viewer and several script-fu scripts as well as the script-fu interpreter him -same.
- Some accessibility issues in themes have been fixed, such as mouse-over comments or problematic colors.
- A new Script-Fu function (dir-make) allows you to create directories from scripts.
Bug fixes (Windows)
- Very Slow File Dialogs: This happened when network devices were slow or unavailable, or pluggable devices were disconnected, or even due to bogus floppy drives configured in BIOS. GLib was using an inappropriate Windows API to obtain information about drives. It’s corrected ! (# 913, casually! 2020)
- Opening files in specific third-party software caused GIMP to crash: apparently these applications were editing the file management registry field while GLib had a bug viewer on the registry. (# 6780, glib! 2205, glib! 2210)
- GTK would output the wrong character on some keystrokes using typing engines (for example, alphanumeric characters were interpreted as half-width katakana when using Japanese IME). (# 1603, gtk! 3741)
- TIFF export was used to lock TIFF files due to a bug in the Windows Thumbnail Maker (Explorer.exe would acquire a lock on the file and would never release it). Since Microsoft doesn’t seem to want to fix this long-standing bug, we decided to switch to an alternate way of creating thumbnails by adding a “reduced resolution image” as the second page of the TIFF, as proposed in the TIFF specification, instead of adding a subifd thumbnail. This fixes the locking issue in a nice way, bypassing the Explorer bug. Of course, this means that programs that cannot read tags correctly can try to open thumbnails as additional pages, even if they are explicitly marked as “reduced resolution image”. If you ever encounter this problem, please report it to the developers of such programs. What they need to check is the type of subfile of the pages opened by their software (according to the TIFF specification). (# 3740)
- GIMP prevented the opening of certain applications, when these programs had to monitor a specific directory, because GLib was reading a directory with improper access rights. In fact, this patch is available since GIMP 2.10.24. (# 4594, casual! 1976)
- Windows software with invisible windows (e.g. gesture shortcuts, screenshot, etc.) interfered with GTK software and broke some interactions with the mouse. We have a fix for this, by Ell, since 2017, which we have used for all versions of GIMP 2.10.x. Unfortunately, the maintenance of GTK2 being stopped, our patch was only available in the bugtracker and in our binaries, while it was beneficial for other GTK software, even in GTK3 or newer. It was only recently reworked and improved by Luca Bacci, so this issue is now officially fixed in GTK3 as well! (# 1082, gtk! 2767)
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