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                   GNU Image Manipulation Program
                          Development Branch
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This is the unstable development branch of GIMP. Here we are working
towards the next stable release, which will be GIMP 2.10.

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Generally, all bug fixes that are applied on the stable GIMP 2.8
branch are also applied here, but they are usually not mentioned
in NEWS.

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Overview of Changes from GIMP 2.9.6 to GIMP 2.9.8


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  - The default brush is now "Hardness 050".
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  - Verbose version (command line: gimp -v) now displays C compiler
  - Transform tools don't commit identity transformation anymore.
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  - Manual language can now be selected amongst all installed manuals,
    which is particularly interesting when no GIMP manuals are available
    in your GUI language. This will be proposed by default when a manual
    is not installed for the GUI language (alongside the possibility to
    read online) and the choice can be edited in preferences.
  - The statusbar now blinks on warnings and errors.
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  - Paste in Place, available for regular clipboard and named buffers,
    allows pasting contents of either the clipboard a named buffer at the
    exact coordinates it was copied from.
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  - Color Picker should now work on KDE/Wayland.
  - Color Picker now reads values under cursor in local windows making
    it work at least inside GIMP Windows on Wayland platforms with no
    color-picking capabilities (for instance GNOME/Wayland) yet.
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  - OpenCL is now disabled by default. Depending on graphics cards and
    drivers, OpenCL acceleration is often slower than multi-threaded
    implementation, and can also sometimes be "glitchy".
  - Now possible to open a locally-installed manual different from the
    GUI localization. The manual language choice can be customized
    through preferences when several manuals are installed. If no manual
    language has been selected already and no manual for current GUI
    localization is available, choice of help language will be proposed
    at first call to the manual.
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  - Keybindings now possible for previous/next/top/bottom channel.

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  - The spinscale widget now highlights vertical parts of the slider
    section differently to hint that position of cursor above the widget
    matters. When changing values in the lower step section, the pointer
    will be wrapped around the screen so that you could continue adjusting
    the value without interruptions.
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  - Canvas rotation and flip information is now visible in the status
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    bar (as angle value and flip icon). Clicking on these canvas status
    will respectively raise the "Select Rotation Angle" dialog or unflip
    the canvas.
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  - Use abbreviated versions for long layer mode names. In particular,
    replace the "(legacy)" suffixes with "(l)" in the abbreviated
    versions, still showing the unabbreviated names in the full list.
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  - Blend tool now features on-canvas gradient editing: adding, shifting,
    removing color stops, shifting midpoints and converting them to color
    stops, assignging colors to color stops, changing blending type
    for midpoints. Additional options: 'Instant mode' (active before you
    start blending) to support the old workflow where you can't edit color
    stops before applying the gradient fill, and 'Modify active gradient'
    which allows changing user-writable gradients directly rather than
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    creating copies of them. Moreover, custom gradient is now saved
    and restored across sessions.
  - All transform tools: it makes no difference now whether a modifier is
    pressed before of after mouse button press/release.
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  - Free Select tool selection can now be committed with double click as
    well (only through Enter key before). This allows smoother workflows
    on some setups, and in particular when no keyboard is available
    (e.g. tablet-like computers).
  - Layer group children now inherit the color tags of the parent by
    default, unless specific color tags are assigned. Inherited color
    tags show in a less saturated color than assigned ones.
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  - When copying a generated brush, GIMP now copies its 'Spacing' property.
  - Rename "Wheel" dynamics labels as "Wheel/Rotation". It turns out
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    that Wacom Art Pen and Airbrush pen use the same axis for barrel rotation
    and wheel scrolling respectively. Therefore they already work in GIMP.
    "Unhide" the feature with more obvious labels.

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Color management:

  - Use babl to convert between profiles if possible.

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Display filters:

  - New 'Clip Warning' display filter to show underexposed and overexposed
    values. Target values below 0 and above 1.0, hence it only works on
    16/32 bit per channel float images (such as EXR and TIFF).
  - Display filters now operate in unbounded sRGB rather than in monitor
    color space.

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  - Fix finding raw loaders on Windows/macOS.
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  - Screenshot for KDE/Wayland has been implemented (full-screen and
    window screenshots only; rectangular area screenshots need
    implementation on the KDE side).
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  - Screenshot can now add a delay between window pick/rectangular
    area selection and the actual shot, but only in platforms supporting
    the feature.
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File formats:

  - PSD:
    - Fix mask position when opening/exporting.
    - Fix active layer selection during loading.
    - Fix potential group-layer naming conflict during loading.
    - Fix missing some attributes loading empty layers.
    - Fix reading files with deeply nested layer groups.
    - Load and save layer group expanded state.
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    - Improve layer opacity loading/saving.
  - PDF: password-protected files can now be imported.
  - HGT: Digital Elevation Model data from NASA/NIMA can now be loaded,
    both SRTM-1 (1 arc-second) and SRTM-3 (3 arc-seconds).

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  - Update GEGL-based filter Wavelet Decompose:
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    - Add an option to keep the decomposition in a layer group.
    - Add an option to add layer mask to each scales layers.
    - Do not use 'New from visible' because it produces unexpected
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      results; replaced by succession of layer copy and merge down.

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  - Add file-pdf-load2 API to load password-protected and/or multi-page
    PDF files.
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  - Add file-hgt-load to load HGT files, with an argument to select between
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    SRTM-1 and SRTM-3 types.
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  - Updated: Catalan, Croatian, Galician, German, Greek, Hungarian,
    Icelandic, Indonesian, Italian, Polish, Russian, Spanish.
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  - Require LittleCMS >= 2.8.
  - Initial docker-based build environment for GIMP now available.
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  - Warn against use of GCC 7.2 which has a bug breaking GIMP.
  - An official flatpak stable package is now available on flathub.
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Mario Blättermann, Hanno Boeck, Joao S O Bueno, Marco Ciampa,
Fran Dieguez, Piotr Drąg, Tobias Ellinghaus, Ell, Sveinn í Felli,
gogo, Luis Angel Gonzo, Anders Jonsson, Christian Kirbach,
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Øyvind Kolås, Thomas Manni, Jordi Mas, Balázs Meskó, Lionel N,
Michael Natterer, Jehan Pagès, Juan Palacios, Alexandre Prokoudine,
Christopher Rogers, Michael Schumacher, shark0r, Dimitris Spingos,
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Tobias Stoeckmann, Andika Triwidada, Massimo Valentini.
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Overview of Changes from GIMP 2.9.4 to GIMP 2.9.6


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  - Make it possible to use multithreading in GEGL and raise max amount
    of threads to 64. Given how unstable this feature is, any value
    above 1 should be currently treated as a step inside an industrial
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    microwave oven with the on/off switch on the outside.
  - New clipboard implementation allows copying/pasting layers and
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    layer groups.
  - Color tags simplify managing large projects with a lot of layers
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    and layer groups.
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  - The Mouse Pointer dialog and colors applied to images are now
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  - Gamma and precision selectors for newly created images.
  - Never dither when converting to a higher bit depth, or to anything
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    more than 16 bits; don't offer dithering options in these cases.
  - Default to linear TRC when converting to 16-bit float.
  - Pre-initialize some babl-based pixel format conversion routines
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    at start-up to decrease the initial lazy intialization cost for
    some interactions.
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  - Remove max size limitation of 4GB for XCF files.
  - Support clipboard images in the clipboard brush and pattern.
  - libgimp calls are now thread-safe.
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Layers and compositing:

  - Layer modes' code is now refactored to separate gamma-corrected
    variations from the linear light ones, legacy modes have been
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    preserved to support older XCF files. UI to switch between the two
    is experimental and should be treated as a temporary design.
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  - Blending and compositing of layers are configurable separately for
    more flexibility now, compositing can be linear TRC, perceptual TRC
    or CIE LAB.
  - Layer blending color space and compositing color space are
    configurable now.
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  - Layers created from the GUI and from plug-ins now default to
    normal mode (not normal-legacy), unless all the existing layers
    in the image are also in legacy mode.
  - New layer modes: linear burn, vivid light, linear light, pin light,
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    hard mix, exclusion, merge, split, luminance (rgb), pass-through
    (for layer groups only).
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  - Make erase mode an ordinary layer/paint mode.
  - Better performance of HSV-based layer modes.
  - Rename "Color (HSV)" mode to "Color (HSL)" to indicate the actual
    color space being used.

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On-canvas interaction changes:

  - Refactor on-canvas interaction code out of some of the tools and
    make it reusable.
  - Update tools accordingly.
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  - Make on-canvas interaction accessible to GEGL-based filters and
    use it in the Spiral and Supernova filters as a test case.

GUI and usability:

  - Easily add or remove layer masks by clicking either the layer
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    preview or a new button in the Layers dialog.
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  - Enhance the Layer Attributes dialog to provide the single UI for
    setting layer's name, blending mode, opacity, and offset,
    toggling visibility, link status, various locks, color tags.
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  - Add a Save As button to the “Quit GIMP” dialog and raise images
    on click for easy checks.
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  - Allow to choose fill color when resizing layers and images.
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  - Quick Mask and Channel Attributes dialogs use the new spinscale
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    widget for the  mask opacity slider.
  - Enable grid views of dynamics and tool presets.
  - Allow to zoom with middle mouse button + control + drag up/down.
  - For all paint tools, when switching to the color picker mode,
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    don't rely on the exact modifier being pressed or released. Instead,
    check if only the right modifier is pressed after *each* modifier
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    change, and switch to color picking if it is.
  - On startup, GIMP checks for duplicate accelerators in menus, and
    removes duplicates.
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  - Standard (Freedesktop) and GTK+ icons can now be set by the icon
    theme for a fully consistent style.
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  - Many new icons.
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  - Toolbox buttons do not grab focus anymore, which used to break
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    usage of the Tab key and other canvas-related shortcuts after
    changing tools with a pointing device click.
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  - Delete Layer/Channel/Path are consistently the last option in
    respective dialogs now.
  - Extend the text along the tangent of the last path stroke, when
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    the length of the path is shorter than the width of the text to be
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  - Allow to toggle the histogram dialog between gamma and linear.
  - New 'Colors -> Linear Invert' command to provide radiometrically
    correct color inversion.
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  - Quit dialog now exits when all the images in the list have been
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  - The built-in error dialog now displays errors outputted by GEGL.
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  - Shift-clicking the visibility icon of a layer in a layer group now
    toggles its exclusive visibility within this layer group.
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Color selection and management:

  - Add the profile import policy to Preferences -> Import.
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  - Color management for GEGL-based filters is expensive, so it's off
    by default for now, and options are hidden by default too.
  - Add LCH color selector, with support for gamut checking.
  - Default to magenta for out-of-gamut color.
  - Make all script-fu color buttons color-managed.
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  - Remember settings of many dialogs across sessions.
  - New Interface / Dialog Defaults page in the Preferences dialog to
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    control defaults values of various dialogs.
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  - Settings on some individual pages of the Preferences dialog can be
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    reset separately now.
  - Vertical scrollbar added to keep the height of the Preferences
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    dialog fitting small displays.
  - Allow mouse to optionally configure tablet devices
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  - Allow creating shortcuts containing the Cmd key + mouse wheel events.
  - Default to 300ppi and 1920x1080px for new documents.
  - Default to 62px font size.
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  - Do not allow Alt+[0-9] shortcuts, they are typically reserved for
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    display switching.
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  - Icons size is now a configurable option, not a theme feature.
    The icon size is also auto-guessed from monitor resolution now.
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  - It is now possible to have keybindings for previous/next/top/bottom
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  - Complete the Handle Transform tool and make it available by default.
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  - Add Hue-Chroma operation/tool that operates in CIE LCH color space.
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  - Replace Color Balance, Colorize and Hue-Saturation with GEGL-based
    filters with a custom user interface to ease future transition to
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    non-destructive editing planned for v3.2. Remove the "Image -> 
    Tools -> Color Tools" submenu.
  - The Move tool now shows relative coordinates when moving guides
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    and sample points.
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  - The Measure tool has better digit precision now (before that, at
    4000 PPI, up to 7 pixels would show up as 0 mm, then at 0.1 mm from
    the 8th pixel etc.).
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  - All paint tools now display the angle (relatively to the horizontal
    line, centered on previously drawn position) alongside distance in
    status bar when straight line constraining (holding shift when
  - Performance of the Fuzzy Select and the Bucket Fill tool has been
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  - The Fuzzy Select and the Bucket Fill tool now can select colors by
    CIE L, C, and H.
  - Unclutter transform tools: default to "no grid", hide the original
    layer during the interactive transform (except for the Flip tool).
  - Make the Warp Transform tool faster, add more options, use
    the linear sampler to ensure crisp lines after an erase.
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  - Select by Color and Color Picker tools work now correctly in color
    spaces other than sRGB.
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  - Free Select tool now waits for Enter being pressed to confirm
    selection, which enables you to tweak positions of polygonal selection.
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  - Color Picker doesn't snap to anything when picking colors anymore,
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    always draws the outline of the averaged region (not only while the
    mouse is being pressed), and supports arbitrary range of values
    regardless of the actual image color precision.
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  - Color Picker now displays pick position (also visible in the
    Sample Points dialog now), as well as values in CIE LAB and CIE LCH.
  - Uncommitted selection by the Intelligent Scissors tool is not
    discarded on tool change anymore.
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  - For Intelligent Scissors, GIMP now checks whether the first and the
    last isegments are distinct before closing the curve.
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  - Flip tool: add Clipping option to the flip tool. Add support for
    reflecting across guides: when clicking on a guide while using the
    Flip tool, reflect the active item across the guide, rather than
    around its center.
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  - The Smudge tool now has a Flow control that allows mixing in both
    constant and gradient color while smudging. There's another new
    option to never decrease alpha of existing pixels while smudging
    in the tools options now as well.
  - Rulers, scrollbars, and the Navigation dialog follow canvas
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    rotation now.
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  - Canvas rotation is now snappier in certain cases.
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  - For bitmap brushes, GIMP now caches hardness and disables dynamic
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    change of hardness to improve painting performance. Bitmap brushes
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    also don't get clipped anymore, when hardness is less than 100.
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  - Allow painting on transparent layers with modes other than normal.
  - Add a specialized convolution algorithm for the hardness blur
    to make it faster.
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  - Make the Force option insensitive for the Pencil tool.
  - Add new "Pressure Size" dynamics.

File Formats:

  - Make the default raw (DSLR) image importer configurable.
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  - Add RawTherapee plug-in to pre-process various raw (DSLR) images,
    RawTherapee v5.2 is the minimum requirement.
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  - Add new file-raw-placeholder plug-in that registers itself for
    loading all raw formats from file-raw/file-formats.h, but does
    nothing except returning an error message pointing to darktable
    and RawTherapee.
  - Add native WebP loader/exporter with support for ICC profiles,
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    animation, metadata.
  - The TIFF loader will not generate warnings about private tags
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  - Handle linear gamma PNG files correctly, provide a combo box for
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    specifying PNG bit depth / variant at exporting time.
  - Add support for linear burn, linear light, vivid light, pin light,
    and hard mix layer modes in PSD (importing and exporting).
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  - Load PSD files with layers which contain additional information
    with a length that is not divisible by 4.
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  - Add support to import/export layer color tags from/to PSD files.
  - Optionally convert all imported (not XCF) images to 32-bit linear
    floating point, and optionally add a little noise in order to
    distribute the colors minimally.
  - Optionally add alpha channel to layers of imported images
    (configurable in Preferences > Import).
  - Support writing PNM files with 16-bit image precision.
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  - Improve support for PCX files:
    * saving 1bpp and 4bpp images (according to palette size).
    * loading 2bpp, 2 planes/1bpp, 3 planes/1bpp and 4bpp images.
    * non-Black&White monochrome PCX files (any 2 colors according to
      the palette).
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  - Add support for exporting multi-page PDF from image layers, with
    optional reversed order.
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  - Add RLE support for RGB565 in file-csource.
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  - Add new metadata viewer that uses Exiv2 to display Exif, XMP, IPTC,
    and DICOM metadata (the latter is displayed on the XMP tab).
  - Add metadata editor that supports adding/editing writing XMP, IPTC,
    DICOM, and GPS/Exif metadata, as well as loading/exporting metadata
    from/to XMP files.
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  - Print resolution can now be reset to defaults, new values for the
    same image is actually used now without reloading the image.

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  - The Screenshot plug-in now assigns either monitors profile or
    converts to sRGB.
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  - The Screenshot plug-in can now take screenshots of a single window
    and include the mouse pointer in the same time (if the desktop/OS
    allows it).
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  - Port smooth-palette to GEGL.
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  - Enhance the raw (not the digital negative) files plugin:
    introduce exporting settings and remember them across sessions,
    make the plugin invokable non-interactively, and more.
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  - Plug-ins can now be installed into first level directories of a
    plug-ins/ folder. This is in particular to avoid the "DLL hell"
    with shared libraries installed by a plug-in, interfering with other
    unrelated plug-ins. The entry point file has to be named the same as
    the directory (minus extension).
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  - Add GEGL-based filters: Neon (Edge detection), Wavelet Decompose,
    Image Gradient, Symmetric Nearest Neighbor, Extract Component,
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    RGB Clip, Simple Linear Iterative Clustering, Waterpixels, Spiral.
  - Add rotate/flip buttons to the Convolution Matrix filter's GUI
    to rotate/flip the matrix.
  - For GEGL-based filters, use a new metadata language to dynamically
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    control UI attributes based on context (e.g. auto-disable
    unapplicable options).
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  - Allow filter actions to have hardcoded default operation settings
    by encoding them directly in the string attached to all filter

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Color Palettes:

  - Merge Palettes command is available for multiple selected color
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    palettes now.

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Assets / Resources:
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  - Some basic presets are available for the Crop tool now: 2x3,
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    3x4, 16:10, 16x9, and square.
  - Documents templates have been updated and now feature popular,
    contemporary document presets for both print and digital media.

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  - Rename *-paste-as-new to *-paste-as-new-image.
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  - Add PDB API for layer blend space, compositing space, and
    compositing mode.
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  - Depend on LCMS2.7+ now, because earlier LCMS2 releases caused
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    problems with certain GIMP blend modes.
  - Depend on libpng 1.6.25+ to avoid warnings about known incorrect
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    sRGB profiles, also avoid various vulnerabilities.
  - Depend on glib-networking now for HTTPS support.
  - Depend on librsvg 2.40.6 which fixes rendering bugs.
  - Add a flatpak-builder manifest.
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OS-specific changes:

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  - Help browser launches on macOS now.
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  - Overall 204 bugs have been fixed or partially addressed since
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    GIMP 2.9.4.
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  - Updated: Catalan, Chinese (Taiwan), Croatian, Czech, Danish,
    Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian,
    Kazakh, Occitan, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Scottish Gaelic,
    Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish.

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Overview of Changes from GIMP 2.9.2 to GIMP 2.9.4


  Color Management:
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  - add new GimpColorTransform object to create abstraction from LittleCMS
  - now color-managed:
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    - layer/image/color palette/gradient/pattern previews
    - Color Picker tool
    - color buttons of GimpColorHistory
    - GimpFgBgEditor, as used e.g. in the toolbox
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    - color selectors
    - DND widget
    - painting tools
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    - copying layers/paste buffer between images
    - Colors applied to images
    - GimpColorPanel and its color dialog (color widgets in dialogs)
    - color areas created from menu actions
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  - color management for grayscale images, including setting preferred
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    ICC profile
  - add fast switching between color managed display and soft-proofing
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  - add a per-image "is color managed" switch and show the image's
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    "is color managed" state in the window title string
  - add basic support for creating images with color profiles
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  - add "Optimize" options for display and soft-proofing to optionally
    speed-up rendering at the cost of color fidelity
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  - add Image -> Color Management -> Save Color Profile to File...
  - improve the naming of generated ICC profiles
  - add a shortcut to the profile chooser dialog on OS X too
  - don't let display color management settings affect file import
  - enable color management when a profile is assigned to the image
  - enable color management when the image is converted from/to grayscale
  - pass the right color profile around in gimp_selection_float()
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  - hardcode the CMYK selector's conversion parameters, as well as NTSC
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    parameters in babl/GEGL/GIMP
  - have all previews track the monitor they are on

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  - add "Select -> Flood" select action
  - add "Select -> Remove Holes" action
  - add "Border style" combo to the "Select -> Border..." dialog
  - do not request xcf compat mode when compat_toggle not sensitive
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  - initialize fontconfig in the background to be able to show a pulsing
    progress bar when rebuilding the list of fonts (typically, the first
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    time GIMP runs)
  - fix the Behind blending mode
  - make Burn mode output match Gimp 2.8 (partial revert of bug 744265)
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  - improve file magic matching
  - add a custom guide concept
  - improve updating the statusbar messages and icons

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  - move the image-duplicate action next to image-new
  - add Image -> Color Management -> Color Management Enabled
  - change "Select _Custom Color..." to "_Custom Color..."
  - change "Export" to "Export..." in the File menu

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  - include recently used colors in the Dockable Colors dialog
  - add RGB-based Luminance channel to the Histogram dialog
  - fix remembering the order of dockable dialogs

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  - reorder the prefs categories tree and rename some pages
  - move "Snap Distance" to the prefs dialog's "Snapping" page
  - add configuration for undo preview size
  - clean-up Preferences -> Color Management
  - add "Shortcut [some modifier] + Mousewheel" for changing pen size

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  - rename theme "Default" into "System"
  - add new GUI themes: Lighter, Light, Gray, Dark, Darker

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  - add icon theme selection and make the icon theme path configurable in prefs
  - preserve 2.8 pixel-perfect icon theme under the name "Legacy"
  - add new symbolic icon theme for GIMP
  - add a scalable icon theme and a configure option --enable-vector-icons

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  - add new GimpBufferSourceBox widget and use it in GimpOperationTool

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  - fix various bugs related to rotated canvas
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  - make GIMP not ignore 'Maximized' hints on startup in Windows
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  - enable a pulsing progress bar in the splash
  - make new images jump around much less
  - fix image position when entering/leaving fullscreen mode
  - make layer boundary re-drawn correctly on scrolling
  - make images not appear completely black when images dockable is visible
  - have all previews track the monitor they are on

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  Fuzzy Select:
  - add "Diagonal neighbors" option

  Foreground Select:
  - fix ghost brush outline

  Bucket Fill:
  - add "Diagonal neighbors" option

  - turn the posterize tool into an ordinary GEGL filter
  - remove posterize from Tools -> Colors

  - turn the Desaturate tool into a normal GEGL filter
  - move "Desaturate" to Colors -> Desaturate

  - add vertical offset to distribution options

  - improve performance

  - rename options to "Transform" and "Direction"

  Cage Transform:
  - fix a few performance issue

  Unified Transform:
  - make the tool not fail when currently selected layer is hidden

  - fix text input methods to work in-place (not in an overlayed box)
  - add background colors setting, only exposed for advanced input methods
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  - use gegl:distance-transform in the blend tool, it has a progress now
  - make shapeburst work with the new interactive gradient code
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  All Painting Tools:
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  - add mirror symmetry
  - remove artifacts from painting tools in Burn blending mode
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  - add shortcut actions for changing spacing, hardness, and force

  - dramatically improve performance of the tool and enable it by default
  - add Colorize mode
  - add a toggle to change between erase & paint mode
  - add a brush selector to the MyPaint brush options
  - add a dockable dialog to choose a brush, with tagging
  - read tags from MyPaint brushes
  - improve blend math
  - allow plug-ins to register procedures in the <MyPaintBrushes> menu

  - fix the clipping of out-of-gamut channel values
  - fix the handling of layers with alpha channels

  - the range of angle is now [-PI..PI]

Plug-ins/GEGL Filters:

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  - add a "split preview" feature to GEGL ops
  - allow to switch the split preview between horizontal and vertical
  - allow to swap the before/after position

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  - update the "Recently used" menu with GEGL filters
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  - replace Selective Gaussian Blur with the GEGL version
  - add gegl:saturation as Colors -> Saturation
  - add gegl:high-pass as Filters > Enhance > High Pass
  - add new gegl:gegl filter that executes a custom processing chain
  - port Tile and Pagecurl plug-ins to GEGL
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  - refactor the screenshot plug-in into backend and front-ends, one
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    per, Wayland, Windows, OS X
  - add Monochrome option to the GEGL version of Channel Mixer
  - bring dialog titles and help IDs to GEGL filter dialogs

  File Plug-Ins:
  - add darktable plug-in to pre-process various raw images
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  - port file-gif-save and file-tiff to GIO
  - TIFF support:
    - make libtiff a hard dependency
    - merge the file-tiff-load and file-tiff-save plug-ins
    - fix various tiff exporting bugs
  - EXR support:
    - read comment, Exif, and XMP data from EXR files
    - use GIMP's internal profile when loading EXR
  - PSD support:
    - fix the loading of files with adjustment or fill layers
    - fix the reading of layer group structure
  - fix the raw image loader
  - fix the layer groups support in OpenRaster
  - code cleanup in file-bmp
  - fix the exporting of KISS - CELL (*.cel) images
  - resurrect the email plugin
  - use GIO to figure if a file is hidden

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  - update pyconsole code
  - add binding for GimpImageType
  - add GimpColorConfig object
  - add type definition for GimpColorManaged
  - make GimpParasite type known to the code generator
  - require Pycairo in configure, link gimpui against pycairo
  - fix the application of paintbrush size in Python scripts

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  - make regex matching return character indexes
  - fix the hanging of Script-fu on machines with 64-bit longs
  - update tinyscheme code from upstream



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  - Bug 759104 - Allow coordinates of sample points to be accessed from scripts


  - Start building libmypaint.
  - Add pcre and upgrade glib2 to 2.48.1
  - Upgrade exiv2 to 0.25
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  - Clear DISPLAY before building
  - Disable webkitgtk

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OS-specific changes:
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  - Add support for generating crash backtraces using Dr. MingW


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Overview of Changes from GIMP 2.8.0 to GIMP 2.9.2
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  The core got completely ported to GEGL, listing all changes involved
  would be too much, therefore we summarize the changes in app/ per
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  - Remove these directories, they contained the old pixel
    manipulation functions

  - Remove GimpBaseConfig, add GimpGeglConfig
  - Add config options for new features

  - Add some things that used to live in base/, like the temp-buf,
    boundary and histogram code
  - Port all functions to GEGL and higher bit depths
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  - Keep the image around as GEGL graph, all other compositing is gone
  - Add non-destructive drawable filters, but use them only for previews
  - Implement the floating selection as drawable filter
  - Implement GimpImageMap using drawable filters
  - Move batch processing to gimp-batch.[ch]
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  - Run batch commands in an already running GIMP instance
  - Ported almost everything from filenames/FILE/fd to GFile/GIO
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  - Be smarter about migrating old user config files
  - Move many object struct members to private structs

  - Support GIO-ported file load/save procs, handle remote files generically

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  - Add content locking to items to prevent them from being edited
  - Add position locking to items to prevent them from being translated
  - Implement all color management in the core
  - Add an automatic palette of recently used colors
  - Implement metadata handling in the core
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  - Now contains utility functions and abstractions to work with
    GEGL more easily
  - Move all operations to the new operations/ directory

  - New directory containing all GIMP-internal GEGL operations
    and their config objects (if any)
  - Add a correct version of the overlay layer mode
  - Add LCH layer modes

  - Port all paint cores to Gegl
  - Add MyPaint brush paint core

  - Add compat procedures that work like the removed plug-ins
  - Use the new GimpValueArray, GValueArray got deprecated

  - Allow plug-ins to access image data at full bit depth
  - Add a compat mode so unported plug-ins always get 8-bit data

  - Port text rendering to GEGL
  - Use HarfBuzz to inspect fonts for creating an example string

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  - Add zlib compression to XCF loading/saving


  - Add GUI to handle the new high bit depths and conversion between them
  - Add new action group "filters" which can run arbitrary GEGL ops
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  - Add lots of actions invoking GEGL ops that replace removed plug-ins
  - Preview all GEGL ops live on the canvas, using drawable filters
  - Mostly switch from using stock-ids to icon-names
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  - Turn all stock icons into named icons and add an icon theme
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  - Allow selecting colors from an image's colormap
  - Add "Show in file manager" to everything that has a filename
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  - Add an action search dialog to find actions by keyword and execute them
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  - Split the save dialog into subclasses for load, save and export
  - Implement various color management dialogs that were in the lcms plug-in
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  - Make sure windows appear on the correct monitor
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  - Simplify and reduce the actions that modify paint tool behavior
  - Add canvas rotation and flipping
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  - Allow zooming to the selection
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  - Make the image tab position configurable in single window mode
  - Add separate snapping settings for fullscreen mode
  - Remove bitmaps cursors and only support RGBA cursors
  - Color manage drawable and image thumbnails
  - Add more format string options for the image title
  - Use the external gtkosxapplication package instead of included code
  - Add a generic GimpPopup class and use it instead of duplicating code
  - Make the generated GUI of GEGL ops much better
  - Allow to implement custom GUI for gegl ops, and do that in some cases
  - Add GimpDial, GimpPolar and GimpCircle to be used for angle and hue picking


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  - Add an "experimental playground" for unfinished tools
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  - (experimental) Add a tool that paints with MyPaint brushes
  - (experimental) Add an n-point deformation tool
  - (experimental) Add a transform tool with a variable # of handles
  - (experimental) Add a seamless clone tool
  - Add a unified transform tool that allows rotating, scaling, perspective
  - Add a warp tool as replacement for the IWarp plug-in
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  - Allow tool dialogs to be embedded on the canvas generically
  - Add much more options to painting, like the ability to lock
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  - Make the blend tool work interactively in realtime
  - Add undo/redo to many tools (using the normal shortcuts)
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  - Deprecate the entire old pixel manipulation API
  - Add API to get a drawable's buffer, the rest can be done with GEGL
  - Add high bit depth support when using the new buffer API
  - Make many enum value names sane and deprecate the old names
  - Many core enums moved here instead of proxying them via PDB generation
  - Add API to stroke vector outlines, with all core properties
  - Add more context API that affects other procedures
  - Deprecate API with weird names, and add new API with less arguments
  - Add metadata and color management API, utility functions and widgets
  - Split GimpPickButton into per-platform backends and fix it on OS X
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  - Remove lots of plug-ins that are now implemented as GEGL ops
  - Remove the lcms plug-in, this is now done in the core/libgimp
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  - Remove the metadata plug-ins, this is now done in the core/libgimp
  - Remove the file-uri plug-in, this is now done in the core using GIO
  - Port many file plug-ins to GIO
  - Port many plug-ins that are not strictly filters to GEGL
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Source and build system:

  - Don't use INCLUDES in, use AM_CPPFLAGS instead


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  - Lots and lots of bug fixes
  - Translation updates