20 Years of GIMP

GIMP the Free and Open Source, cross-platform image editor available for GNU/Linux, OS X, Windows and more. GIMP provides the tools needed for high quality image manipulation.

Open source software GNU Manifesto turned 30 years on spring. Also GIMP celebrates round years: 20 Years of GIMP. November 21st 1995, few days over 20 years ago today, Peter Mattis announced the availability of the “General Image Manipulation Program” on Usenet (later “GNU Image Manipulation Program”). Over the years, GIMP amassed a huge amount of new features designed for all kinds of users and practical applications: general image editing, retouching and color grading, digital painting, graphic design, science imaging, and so on.

I used to use commercial image editing programs (for example PaintShop Pro) for my image editing needs (both for web and press publications). Sometimes many years ago I started using GIMP, and I have for many years used GIMP as my main image editing tool when making images for ePanorama.net. It can do all the normal image manipulation needed well.





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  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    GIMP 2.10 Officially Released as the Biggest Release Ever, Here’s What’s New
    Now available to download for Linux and Windows systems

    Six years after the release of GIMP 2.8 (yes, time flies when you’re having fun), the GIMP 2.10 open-source and cross-platform image editor and viewer application was officially announced on Friday.

    GIMP aims to be the Photoshop alternative for the masses, and it does a very good job at that. The application is usually used by users of open source operating systems like GNU/Linux and BSD, but it’s also heavily used by Windows users.

    The latest release, GIMP 2.10, is the biggest yet, bringing so many changes that it would be impossible for us to list them all here. Instead, we’ll have a look at the most prominent ones, which include multi-threaded, high bit depth, and hardware accelerated pixel processing.

    This is possible thanks to the GEGL porting of the image processing engine inside GIMP, which can now do a lot more than that. Also ported to GEGL (Generic Graphics Library) is the on-canvas preview for all filters that ship by default with GIMP 2.10.

    Another interesting change in this release is that color management is now a core feature of GIMP. Also, most preview areas and widgets are now color-managed. Many tools have been improved as well in GIMP 2.10, including Handle transform, Warp transform, and Unified transform tools.

    “Basic HiDPI support, new themes, and more”

    Basic support for HiDPI (High Dots Per Inch) displays is now provided in GIMP, allowing for automatic or user-selected icon sizes.

    Among other noteworthy changes implemented in GIMP 2.10, we can mention support for a handful of new image formats like OpenEXR, WebP, HGT, and RGBE, improved support for numerous existing image formats, much-better PSD importing, as well as editing and viewing of XMP, Exif, DICOM, and IPTC metadata.


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