Commit 129f52a3 authored by Alexandre Prokoudine's avatar Alexandre Prokoudine

More old news, down to 2012-12-27

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Title: GIMP in 2012
Date: 2012-12-27
Category: News
Authors: Alexandre Prokoudine
As 2013 is fast approaching, we’d like to take a quick look at 2012 and what we did during the year.
In May we released the long anticipated new stable version, v2.8, with many improvements such as layer groups, tagging of resources, new Cage transform tool and more.
We also started the final transition to GEGL as a new image processing core. All legacy from the libgimp has already been removed.
Unstable version of GIMP is now capable of working in 16 and 32 bit per channel modes, both integer and float. Color management has been improved as well, and thanks to support by AMD and Google the GEGL library can do GPU-side rendering and processing with OpenCL.
We successfully participated at Google Summer of Code 2012. Our students ported more GIMP filters to GEGL operations, created a node compositing application for testing GEGL, and implemented a unified transform tool for GIMP.
In past years we let our work with community slip, so this year we also tried to establish a better connection with our user base. Our [Google+ page](, where we now regularly share project news and useful GIMP tutorials we come across, is currently circled by ca. 22.000 people (as compared to 1.000 in January 2012).
Last, but not least, we are happy to see the community actively promoting GIMP of its own accord. E.g. this year the [GIMP Magazine]( project was started, with two issues already published and the 3rd issue currently in the works.
Thanks to all contributors our [project vision]( is becoming a reality. GIMP already works in HDR, partially uses GPU for rendering and processing, has better transformation tools.
Our primary focus for 2013 will be finishing the transition to GEGL. We don’t expect it to be an easy job: it’s likely to keep us busy most of 2013, if not longer. You can help us to boost the development. Come [join us]( to complete the rewrite and deliver the new generation of GIMP as a polished stable product.
Title: GIMP 2.8.4 Released
Date: 2013-02-05
Category: News
Authors: Alexandre Prokoudine
GIMP 2.8.4 is out! This is a release in the stable GIMP 2.8 series, featuring lots of bug fixes and translation updates. For the complete list of changes please see the [NEWS]( file.
Pre-built binaries for Mac will be available soon.
Title: GIMP 2.8.4 for OSX Available
Date: 2013-02-10
Category: News
Authors: Alexandre Prokoudine
GIMP 2.8.4 is now available as [disk image]( for Mac OSX.
Please note that with this release, we have moved GIMP's per-user data from "~/Library" to "~/Library/Application Support". If you had installed GIMP 2.8.2 before, please open a terminal and enter the following command, so GIMP 2.8.4 will pick up your data from the right location:
mv ~/Library/GIMP ~/Library/Application\ Support
Title: Four Students to Work on GIMP During GSoC2013 Program
Date: 2013-02-12
Category: News
Authors: Alexandre Prokoudine
Yesterday Google announced [Summer of Code 2013]( program. Participating at GSoC has proved to be rather beneficial to us. Here are just some of the features implemented during past runs of the program: five new tools (Heal, Perspective Clone, Cage Transform, Warp Transform, Seamless Paste), resources tagging, hardware acceleration in GEGL. Needless to say, we'll try to participate this year again.
We already have a [preliminary list]( of project ideas for this year's program: improving selection tools, implementing sophisticated slicing tool for web designers, creating a full-featured OpenEXR plug-in. However, the top priority project for us would be porting more plug-ins to GEGL, which is one of the issues that block the release of GIMP 2.10.
Even though we won't know whether we are participating until April 8, if you are considering to work with us this summer, we suggest that you start talking to us already. When we vote for students, we need to know you well enough to make a fair judgment. Please find out if you are eligible for the program, then [join]( the developers mailing list or [talk to us]( on IRC.
Title: Four Students to Work on GIMP During GSoC2013 Program
Date: 2013-04-08
Category: News
Authors: Alexandre Prokoudine
GIMP will be taking part in this year's [Google Summer of Code]( program as a mentoring organization. We are inviting interested students to get in touch with us and start discussing potential projects.
Some [project ideas]( have already been posted in the wiki, but you are free to come up with your own ones. At this point porting existing plug-ins to GEGL has the highest priority, as it will aid us in releasing GIMP 2.10 sooner.
If you are eligible for participation and eager to contribute to our project, please introduce yourself on the mailing list for developers or in the #gimp channel at In the latter case please bear in mind that the core team is mostly in the Western Europe timezone.
Title: Four Students to Work on GIMP During GSoC2013 Program
Date: 2013-05-27
Category: News
Authors: Alexandre Prokoudine
Four students will be working on GIMP and GEGL this summer thanks to Google Summer of Code 2013 program.
* Ajay Ramanathan will be working on a [combined selection tool](;
* Carlos Zubieta will be [porting]( GEGL operations to OpenCL;
* Simon Lui will improve support for [PSD in GIMP]( (text layers as text etc.);
* Marek Dvorožňák will add a new tool to deform an image objects in a way that they behave like real world objects (see [YouTube demo](
We are looking forward to the upcoming three months of exciting work with our new contributors.
While getting prepared to a new run of the Google Summer of Code program, we merged code from a few past GSoC projects, namely Warp Transform and Seamless Paste tools.
The Warp Transform tool is an interactive on-canvas version of our old iWarp plug-in, and it's in a good shape to be part of a future v2.10 release. It still needs a few internal and user interface changes, though.
The Seamless Paste tool does just that: seamless pasting of an object from one picture into another, optionally updating color characteristics. This tool needs a lot more work. Barak Itkin recently posted an [update in his blog]( to outline the changes to be made.
Stay tuned for more development news.
Title: GIMP 2.8.6 Released
Date: 2013-06-21
Category: News
Authors: Alexandre Prokoudine
We just released GIMP 2.8.6! This is a release in the stable GIMP 2.8 series, featuring lots of bug fixes and translation updates. For the complete list of changes please see the [NEWS]( file.
Title: GIMP Magazine #4 published
Date: 2013-09-05
Category: News
Authors: Alexandre Prokoudine
The fourth issue of [GIMP Magazine]( is now out and available as a digital download, a printed copy, and an e-zine for iPad. In just a year the project got a huge following, and now it'd a 100 pages large magazine with interviews, tutorials, a gallery section, and a graphic novel of its own.
Creating a full-fledged magazine takes a lot of time, so while GIMP Magazine is a free download, we kindly suggest you to consider [premium options]( That way you will ensure its continuity.
Title: Sponsoring symmetric painting mode
Date: 2013-09-23
Category: News
Authors: Alexandre Prokoudine
Jehan Pagès, one of our active contributors, started a personal [crowdfunding campaign]( to sponsor his work on symmetric painting in GIMP. You can find more information in his [blog](, and there's a video of a proof-of-concept implementation on [YouTube]( If you care about GIMP as a tool for digital painting, supporting this project is likely to benefit your workflow.
While we are not ready for a full-fledged crowdfunding campaign for GIMP yet, we think that this kind of focused campaigns, tailored for particular audiences, definitely have merit.
Title: Google Summer of Code 2013 Results
Date: 2013-10-04
Category: News
Authors: Alexandre Prokoudine
GSoC2013 program is over now, and 3 out of 4 students successfully completed it.
Carlos Zubieta ported 13 GEGL operations to use GPU via OpenCL, and the gegl-random module used by noise generation operations, then made noise-hsv and noise-cie-lch operations use it. You can read his [report](
Simon Lui ported the PSD plug-in to use GEGL. GIMP is now capable of loading 16bit and 32bit per color channel PSD files, saving those is a work in progress. The updated plug-in also reads additional data from PSD files (text, slicing information, layer effects), but cannot use it yet: text support needs the relevant API in GIMP, and layer effects and slicing aren't implemented in GIMP yet, so there's nothing to map the information to as of now. His public report is [here](
Marek Dvorožňák implemented a new N-Point deformation tool that makes it possible to deform objects while preserve shapes consistency. You can watch a [video demonstration]( of the tool on YouTube. The work is based on a ["As-Rigid-As-Possible Image Registration for Hand-drawn Cartoon Animations"]( paper by Daniel Sykora et al.
Finally, Ajay Ramanathan attempted to merge selection tools into a single tool selection with modes (rectangular, ellipse, single row/column, N-side polygon selection modes).
All the source code created by our students is available in respective [Git branches]( We will review it and make sure we use the most of it. We thank Carlos, Simon, Marek, and Ajay for working with us over the summer and we are looking forward to working with them in the future!
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