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GEGL 0.3.0, babl 0.1.2 released2015-06-04 


We have just released new versions of GEGL and babl, the libraries that take all the heavy lifting for color space conversion and image processing in GIMP. Both releases are considered a pre-requisite for doing a first 2.9 (development series) GIMP release.

The babl library got floating point conversions optimized. Additionally, HSV and HSL color models were added, CIE LAB conversions were fixed.

Most exciting improvements, however, are in the new GEGL release. A total of 71 new image processing operations were added: mostly these are ports of existing GIMP filters. Some of the existing operations were improved, and some got OpenCL versions.

Another focus of this release was performance: OpenCL support is now enabled by default when detected, there's experimental multithreading support (use GEGL_THREADS=<number of threads> environment variable) and experimental mipmap rendering (use GEGL_MIPMAP_RENDERING=true environment variable). There's also a new default tile backend that writes to disk in a separate thread.

The Grid project contributed several major improvements: support for using URIs in image loaders and the loading of meta-operations in JSON, created with imgflo's online graph editor.

GEGL's website now features a gallery of available operations and an API browser.

This release of GEGL was brought to you through contributions from 92 people. Respective source code downloads are available on babl 0.1.2, GEGL 0.3.0.

There is still a lot of work to be done. If you are interested to contribute ports of GIMP filters to GEGL or entirely new GEGL operations, please visit our wiki and join #gegl on

GIMP project's official statement on SourceForge's actions2015-05-31 


This is the GIMP project's official statement on SourceForge's actions in regard to "abandoned" projects on their service.
It is archived in the GIMP Developer mailing list archive.

We are fully aware that since their launch in 1999, SourceForge had been providing a valuable service to the Free Software community and that this service may still be relevant to some Free and Open Source Software projects today.

The GIMP project did benefit from this service: SourceForge was the place to download the Windows installer for GIMP for many years and we appreciate it as an important part of GIMP history.

When it comes to distributing GIMP, our goal is to make it as easy as possible for users to install GIMP.
We do not want our users having to dodge any "offers" or to worry about possibly installing malware in the process.

With our shared history, it was painful to watch the invasion of the big green "Download" button ads appearing on the SourceForge site. Our decision to move the Windows installers away from SourceForge in 2013 was a direct result of how its service degraded in this respect.

The situation became worse recently when SourceForge started to wrap its downloader/installer around the GIMP project binaries. That SourceForge installer put other software apart from GIMP on our users' systems. This was done without our knowledge and permission, and we would never have permitted it. It was done in spite of the following promise made by SourceForge in November 2013:

we want to reassure you that we will NEVER bundle offers with any project without the developers consent. (emphasis in original)

To us, this firmly places SourceForge among the dodgy crowd of download sites.
SourceForge are abusing the trust that we and our users had put into their service in the past.

We don't believe that this is a fixable situation.
Even if they promise to adhere to the set of guidelines outlined below, these promises are likely to become worthless with any upcoming management change at SourceForge.

However, if SourceForge's current management are willing to collaborate with us on these matters, then there might be a reduction in the damage and feeling of betrayal among the Free and Open Source Software communities.

An acceptable approach would be to provide a method for *any* project to cease hosting at any SourceForge site if desired, including the ability to:

  • completely remove the project and URLs permanently, and not allow any other projects to take its place
  • remove any hosted files from the service, and not maintain mirrors serving installers or files differing from those provided by the project or wrap those in any way
  • provide permanent HTTP redirects (301) to any other location as desired by the project

This is not unreasonable to expect from a service that purports to support the free software community.

SourceForge, what the...?2015-05-26 


Some of you might remember that in November 2013, we abandoned SourceForge (SF) as the primary download site for the GIMP installers for Windows platforms and moved the files to our own download server,

The tons of links on the web pointing to the former site made keeping the installers there as well a necessity, though, and since SF claimed that our outrage over their "installer with benefits" was based on a misunderstanding, this seemed to be a low-risk approach.

However we are receiving reports that people who get there by chance receive small installers that include additional software. And it's no clicks on those 'big green download arrow' ads this time, we've tried ourselves. SF has not responded to our inquiry yet, and we found that the maintainer of the GIMP for Windows installers is locked out of that SF project now.

And now SF is launching an attempt at damage control.

Ars Technica has a nice summary, with insightful comments.

Please go to our own downloads page to get the GIMP for Windows installers.

ZeMarmot, Libre Movie to be made with GIMP, Blender, Ardour2015-05-05 


During Libre Graphics Meeting 2015 last week in Toronto our very own Jehan Pag├Ęs announced a new open animated movie project, ZeMarmot. It's a road movie with a marmot as protagonist.

The team will be using just free/libre applications for the production: GIMP, Blender, Ardour, and a few others. Jehan will also resume his work on animation features in GIMP, extend OpenRaster file format to support animation, and improve Blender's non-linear video editor as much as he can.

You can support the campaign at IndieGoGo.

Libre Graphics Meeting 20152015-02-27 


2 months to go till Libre Graphics Meeting 2015 happens in Toronto, Canada. This conference is a great place to meet the people who make and use free and open source graphics software.

Participation is gratis and open to all. Every year, donations from supporters make it possible for LGM to subsidize the travel costs of participants:

Click here to lend your support to: Libre Graphics Meeting 2015 - Toronto, Canada and make a donation at ! - R.I.P.2015-01-22 


We noticed that, once the host of GIMP tutorials (some of which are also present in our Tutorials section) has been abandoned by its original owner and is redirecting visitors to some very suspicious downloads - don't go there.

We have removed all links pointing there from the tutorials (please do tell if we missed one), and caution everyone to only consider links on our own downloads page and the sites linked from there.

Special announcement for domain owners: if you own a domain with *gimp* in its name and host a forum or something else, and don't feel like you want to continue to do so or renew it some day, please approach us - we'd rather take it over ourselves and have it point to than see it being abused like that.

GIMP and GEGL in 20142015-01-05 


In 2014, we spent most of the time on improving GIMP's usability and finalizing the GEGL port of GIMP to lay the foundation for various advanced features in demand by professionals. Some of the 2014 highlights are:

  • Redesigned Blend tool, now you can tweak end points before applying the gradient fill;
  • Improved foreground selection tool that handles fine details like hair;
  • Finer control over painting dynamics;
  • Up to 64bit per color channel processing;
  • Improved file formats support, including 32bit TIFF loading/saving.

A far more detailed report has been posted to project's mailing lists.

The price of being popular...2014-12-26 


When software is popular, then there are elements out there who seek to profit from it by less ethical means. Installer packages with added spyware, adware or even malware are apparently part of the (Windows) user experience these days.

GIMP is being attacked in that manner as well, In order to keep safe, get GIMP from our own downloads pages or the sites we link to, and be very cautious when going elsewhere.

One victim of this is GIMPshop - started as a fork of GIMP to add UI terms that are more familiar to users of Adobe Photoshop, it is nowadays used to load third-party software onto the unwary user's system. Thankfully, the original author is not to blame, as this operation is run by someone else.

GIMP Magazine Issue #6 released2014-11-19 


The newly released issue #6 of GIMP Magazine features a "Using GIMP for portrait and fashion photography" master class by Aaron Tyree who uses GIMP professionally, and a gallery of other artworks and photos made or processed with GIMP.

The team is planning to switch to monthly releases, however they need your support to cover the costs of publishing a free magazine. You can sponsor the project at Patreon or visit the magazine's gift shop to make a donation.

Updated 2.8.14 Installer for Microsoft Windows2014-09-02 


We have released an updated 2.8.14 installer (http) for Microsoft Windows. This one fixes the crash on window resize and the missing icons bugs - all by updating the included GTK+ library to 2.24.24.

Still unsolved are the missing spacing character in the zoom drop down and the disappearing background on high zooms (updating the Pango and Cairo libraries that are didn't change anything there), investigations continue.

Please continue to report bugs, we can't fix what we don't know about.

GIMP 2.8.14 Released2014-08-26 


Yesterday's 2.8.12 release had broken library versioning, so we had to roll out GIMP 2.8.14 today. The only change is the fixed libtool versioning. Please do not distribute any binaries of yesterday's broken 2.8.12 release, and get GIMP 2.8.14 using the torrent:

GIMP Manual 2.8.2 released2014-08-14 


A new version of the user manual has been released. Changes include:

  • complete translation to Brazilian Portuguese
  • many, many, many bugfixes

You can click here to download the 2.8.2 release package. This release provides only the sources to build the help used by the GIMP Help browser. Find the packages on our download server.

For easy installation we suggest that you wait until an installer for this release has been packaged for your platform. Find more releases and information about our goals and how you can help at

Download server renamed to, no FTP anymore2014-05-13 


Heads-up if you are still accessing the downloads via

The downloads server has been renamed to, and it doesn't support FTP anymore. If you have linked any file, installer package, source archive or directory with an ftp://-Link, please change it to http://. The directory structure is unchanged.

Gimp-Perl release candidate ready for testing2014-06-12 


It's been possible to use various scripting languages to automate GIMP for a long time. But until recently Perl bindings for GIMP were considerably out of date due to lack of interest from contributors. Fortunately, a while ago Ed J started working on updating those, and now a release candidate is available for testing.

Gimp-Perl version 2.30_05 is on CPAN now. It supports GIMP 2.8 and provides the following features:

  • An autosave script (not installed by default, examples/autosave2) will save in its own directory files that were opened and changed, then reopen them on GIMP startup; if installed, will start along with GIMP.
  • A plugin registry viewer, installed by default to Filters/Browse Plug-in Registry.
  • A Perl console, installed by default to Filters/Perl/Console.

The way to install the release candidate on Linux is:

perl -MCPAN -e "install 'ETJ/Gimp-2.30_05.tar.gz'"

If you encounter any bugs, please report them on