GIMP 2.8 (stable) with single window mode - source code and PPA now available.

GIMP 2.8 (final) with single window mode … source code is now available … binaries to follow shortly


Already available in a PPA for 11.10 and 12.04 … see the end of this posting :slight_smile:


GIMP 2.8 has just been released, bringing with it a load of new features, such as grouped layers, rotatable brushes, and the much vaunted “single window mode”.

After a lengthy development process, GIMP 2.8 has finally been seen fit for release … four years of GIMP 2.6, the 2.7 series of alphas and betas were upgraded to a 2.8 release candidate last month. The new version of GIMP comes with a lot of new features that are bound to please some of the programs more advanced and power users.

Firstly, the headline feature is a single window mode, bringing all the floating tool windows into one unified window. This is an optional setting though, the original multi-window layout can still be used if you prefer.

GIMP 2.8 in “Single Window Mode”

There’s also a new way to group layers, useful for when you have a lot of different layers in one working image. Otherwise, you can now rotate brushes, add and edit text much easier, and rules for saving and exporting are better represented in the menu structure.
GIMP 2.8 finally released with single window modeYou can still use the old windowed mode if you wish

You can get the source code for GIMP 2.8 from the GIMP FTP server, with binaries on their way shortly.

New features in GIMP 2.8 (stable):

  • Single Window Mode: you can finally use a single main window instead of overlapping floating windows. This is optional and can be turned on/off from the Windows menu
  • On-canvas text editing: editing text is not performed in a separate window anymore
  • Multi-column dock windows which makes the GIMP user interface a lot more customizable
  • Improved screen real estate for dockable dialogs
  • Using “Save” now saves the file in the GIMP XCF format and it can’t be used for saving PNG and other files. For non-XCF file types, you now have to use the “Export” menu entry
  • You can now create layer groups which can be organised in tree-like structures
  • Brush system and tool preset improvements
  • You can now tag brushes and patterns
  • New slider widgets
  • A new set of default brushes and tool presets from Ramon Miranda (from GIMP Paint Studio)
  • Brushes can now be rotated
  • New open window navigation which displays a small preview for each tab
  • Tools rendering on canvas have been ported to Cairo to provide smooth anti-aliased graphics
  • A new “Lock Pixels” feature
  • Support for JPEG2000 and loading 16bit (RGB565) raw data
  • Export colour values to CSS, PHP, Java, Python or plain text
  • Core integration of the graph-based GEGL library
  • Export to PDF
  • New tool: Cage Transform which makes it possible to easily warp parts of objects using an adjustable user-defined polygonal frame
  • Many others

Original articles:


GIMP Homepage: FTP site for 2.8:

Someone has already created a GIMP 2.8 PPA for 11.10 and 12.04 … here:

installation instructions for 11.10 and 12.04 -

sudo apt-get install ppa-purge
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get install gimp

Originally found here:

BE AWARE … I have not tested this

Damn you. I was gonna post about this. :stuck_out_tongue:

I have a big grin on my face. :slight_smile:

Can’t wait to try it out.

It’s strange … I mention anything to do with graphics manipulation, and you are always the 2 that respond :wink:

I’ll still take Photoshop over this. XD

Take it then :slight_smile:

I did. :stuck_out_tongue:

I'll still take Photoshop over this. XD
Yes but......The Gimp is free and is improving. Photoshop on the other hand is expensive (if you buy it! ;)) and is aWINDOWS program.

The biggest issue with Photo graphics programs on the Linux platform is the poor (Exept Bibble pro) RAW options. My concern for the future of Linux graphics programs is that it may well be more lucrative for developers to follow the Andriod explosion and put Linux on the back burner, this is not just a graphics issue either.

There’s a photoshop application for Android, so I’m wondering if they may port it over to desktop Linux. I sure hope so.

The problem with GIMP is, it’s non-user friendly. Yes it’s trying to improve, but there is only so many developers working on it so it lacks a lot of features Photoshop had years ago. I honestly don’t see the GIMP as a viable “alternative” for someone who uses Photoshop. Which is why I have a dual-boot.

Fight, fight, fight … GIMP will kick Photoshops *ss with one string tied behind its variable :slight_smile:

No it won’t. >.<

Photoshop will take one look at the GIMP’s rubber suit, and run off …

Would you fight someone who was wearing a …

GIMP suit ?

I know I wouldn’t :o

BTW … Photoshop isn’t “user friendly” to someone that learned GIMP first … so that’s not much of an argument.

That’s not to say there aren’t good arguments (I wouldn’t know), but that aint one of em :wink:

I used to use Paint Shop Pro on Windows, so wasn’t overly familiar with either the GIMP or PS user interfaces … I learned my way round GIMP (a little), then tried PS … I found PS more confusing … so I’d say there’s little difference in the learning curve, but the learning curves ARE different.

It is true that I have one of my computers as a dual boot for photoshop etc. I am persevering with the Gimp I think it is a great program and agree that it is a learning curve for some…but if we dont learn it and give up the developers won’t bother.

Every time I boot into Windows and run Photoshop I feel guilty!

C:-) And so you should … traitor C:-)

Just pulling your leg :wink:

From what I’m told (and read) the GIMP will do most things photoshop will do, so rather than bitchin about the learning curve (which also applies to PS), it would be interesting to hear what PS can do that GIMP can’t and vice versa.

Seriously … Not being brilliant with either, both appear well capable of doing the limited things I do … so I’d like opinions and facts about where one beats the other.