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Gimp 2.8 Finally Released

timothy posted more than 2 years ago | from the they-brought-out-the-gimp-again-and-again dept.

The Gimp 737

Cryophallion writes "After many years of development, GIMP 2.8 is finally released. Among its features: the oft-desired single-window mode, layer groups, and many other massive improvements, including some of the GIMP UI team's work. This might be the release that helps make The GIMP a much more user friendly experience for newcomers, and has features that are rivaling those of certain exceptionally expensive commercial programs. While the porting of GEGL is still ongoing (and recently reported to have made massive advances made), this is a major step forward for one of the premier open source projects." Here are the official release notes.

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FRIST (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39877915)

FRIST

Re:FRIST (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39877981)

Morons can't spell.

Re:FRIST (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39878097)

Exactly, everyone knows frist is spelled with a 1.

Gimp still limping after all these years... (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39877951)

...with an interface worse than Penn & Teller's driving game.

Re:Gimp still limping after all these years... (4, Funny)

schroedingers_hat (2449186) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878259)

I find having it list slowly to the left is actually quite good for drawing curves once you get used to it.

Maaaaaan... (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39877959)

The Gimp Users website is a design trainwreck.

Re:Maaaaaan... (4, Insightful)

DeathToBill (601486) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878051)

Well, I think the prominent headline, "GIMP on Linux - Compile it yourself!" tells you the sort of people who designed it.

Re:Maaaaaan... (5, Informative)

TheNextCorner (2152406) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878277)

The Add under the article leads to a site wrapping Gimp with Crapware, toolbars and other installers. here is a screenshot of the ad [tshit.com] , don't download it from Download-nation.com!

The Name (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39877965)

They really ought to consider re-naming it. Try installing it in - say - a junior high school some time. See how that goes over.

Re:The Name (4, Funny)

Zontar The Mindless (9002) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878021)

They really ought to consider re-naming it. Try installing it in - say - a junior high school some time. See how that goes over.

They can name it "Love Child Of roman_mir And APK" for all I care. I'm just glad to see they grew a brain cell and adopted single-window mode. Y'know, for human users.

Re:The Name (5, Funny)

schroedingers_hat (2449186) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878283)

The multi window paradigm is popular among all the major operating systems in use on Vloxtar, don't be so small minded.

Re:The Name (4, Informative)

djlemma (1053860) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878387)

Did you ever use it in the pre-1.0 days, when there wasn't yet support for layers? You had to open each "layer" entity as a separate file in a separate window, and then it would let you combine/multiply/divide/etc between multiple files to come up with a composite. Now, THAT was a lot of windows to keep track of.

Re:The Name (3, Insightful)

crazyjj (2598719) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878085)

I actually used to teach a class where I wanted to use it. But the name stopped me. A real shame. Wish someone would fork it with a name that isn't so childish and offensive. They can improve it all they like, but no one is ever going to take it seriously with that name.

Re:The Name (4, Informative)

Lord Lode (1290856) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878119)

Warning: non native English speaker here.

I didn't know gimp was an offensive word. Do children recognize it as offensive? Is it because it sounds like "chimp"? Are monkeys offensive?

Re:The Name (5, Informative)

Desler (1608317) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878161)

'Gimp' is a perjorative for disabled people.

Re:The Name (5, Informative)

Atzanteol (99067) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878169)

It's an offensive slang term for handicapped people. And it speaks volumes about the marketing ability of geeks.

Re:The Name (5, Insightful)

Dishevel (1105119) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878321)

GNU
Image
Manipulation
Program

It is only offensive to those who feel a deep seated need to be offended.
Unfortunately there are a lot of people who just can not spend a whole day without being "Deeply Offended" by something.

Re:The Name (5, Funny)

DrData99 (916924) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878399)

I tell people that it is a self referential acronym:
GIMP
Is
Most of
Photoshop

Re:The Name (1)

santosh.k83 (2442182) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878429)

Mod parent-up...

Re:The Name (5, Insightful)

jockm (233372) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878477)

Considering your signature, I fear this is going to fall on deaf ears. You have a very high threshold for offense, and believe everyone should too. I suspect this because you are willing to equate a piece of computer hardware to criminal sodomy out in public, but please correct me if I am wrong.

But here's the thing, if you are a disabled person then Gimp is just like "the N word", and insult hurled at you in anger and derision. It is also a word you reserve the right to yourself. You don't have to like it, you don't have to agree, but you do have to accept that, because that is the reality out in the world — at least with enough people to matter.

And I can see why you think your explanation, giving the name in full, is cogent. But here's the thing: If the default were to say "The GNU Image Manipulation Program" and some people shortened it to "GIMP" then that would be one thing. Unfortunately that isn't the case. The devs of the program called it GIMP from the beginning, and took a very long time to accept that anyone could be offended by that. And now it is a line in the sand to them, one they will not cross.

The name is a problem. It stops people using it, it stops schools teaching it, it hurts the app.

Re:The Name (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39878339)

Maybe they were probably thinking more along the lines of "bring out the gimp" from Pulp Fiction?

Re:The Name (3, Insightful)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878173)

Warning: non native English speaker here.

I didn't know gimp was an offensive word. Do children recognize it as offensive? Is it because it sounds like "chimp"? Are monkeys offensive?

Children? Nah, the only reason they think the word might be offensive is because of the way idiotic, childish adults react to it.

Re:The Name (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39878481)

So I assume you use the word "nigger" often? It might be offensive only because of the way idiotic, childish adults react to it. Or perhaps because it has developed a meaning which means something bad. Do you come home and call your wife "bitch"? No? But it's just a female dog... no.. it's actually taken on a different definition to most people. Just like the word "gimp".

Re:The Name (0, Troll)

crazyjj (2598719) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878185)

"Gimp" (at least in American English) is a seriously derogatory term for someone who is crippled. Apparently, some idiot thought that using that as a acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program would just be HILARIOUS.

Re:The Name (0)

chill (34294) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878197)

Gimp means lame or crippled. Calling someone a gimp is an insulting way of calling them defective. Similar to calling someone a retard.

Not the brightest name for a software package.

Re:The Name (2)

Dishevel (1105119) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878349)

Retard is just short for Retarded.
It derogatory status is created by those who want to be degraded.

Re:The Name (1)

jawtheshark (198669) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878231)

It is, and I didn't know it was an offensive word before looking it up [onlineslan...ionary.com] , which I did a looooong time ago when I first read about people here finding the word inappropriate. It's a less nice word to say "cripple" and "cripple" isn't exactly nice. There is also this [wikipedia.org] , but I'm not sure how it's related That said, I don't think kids should know what a Gimp is.

The thing that irks me, is that you could simply say "GNU Image Manipulation Program" instead and nobody would bat an eyelash. It's not as is "Adobe Photoshop" is short.

However, both Adobe Photoshop and The GIMP are both way overkill for schoolchildren. Personally, I'd go Paint.NET, which is a great product. Just too bad there is no real Linux equivalent for it.

Re:The Name (3, Informative)

Nadir (805) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878303)

<quote><p> Just too bad there is no real Linux equivalent for it.</p></quote>

You stand corrected sir: http://pinta-project.com/

Re:The Name (1)

MnemonicMan (2596371) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878311)

There is a Linux alternative for Paint.NET: Pinta [pinta-project.com] . It's coming along and is already decent. It's available on Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Re:The Name (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39878279)

Native English speaker here. If anyone's going to find "gimp" offensive (and thus fun), it's children. Saying things like "stop running like a gimp" is pretty common for high school kids. (In case non-English speakers don't know, "gimp" is a derogatory term for "physically handicapped")

Re:The Name (3, Informative)

DeathToBill (601486) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878437)

I'm a native English speaker, living in England. I've never heard 'gimp' used to mean anything other than the software.

Must be an American thing.

Re:The Name (1)

jzuccaro (1234644) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878293)

This [youtube.com]

Re:The Name (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39878445)

Warning: non native English speaker here.

I didn't know gimp was an offensive word. Do children recognize it as offensive? Is it because it sounds like "chimp"? Are monkeys offensive?

It's the term used for a sexual fetishist who likes to be dominated and who dresses in a leather or rubber body suit with mask, zips, chains, etc. Example:
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/30/Zentai_BDSM.jpg

I'm not sure why they originally used the name, but it was a terrible idea which is hindering further adoption of the software. I'm not sure that children know what it means, but the adults who care for them sure do.

Re:The Name (1)

torgosan (141603) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878271)

"....Childish and offensive?" GNU Image Manipulation Program was GIMP long before P.C became vogue and began screwing up this country. Deal.

Re:The Name (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39878319)

That's pretty lazy thinking. Slavery was also in use for hundreds of years, long before P.C. became vogue; how long something has been done has no relation to whether it is something we should be doing.

Re:The Name (0)

Dishevel (1105119) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878375)

Try not to fight it.
Those who spend their lives being offended by everything will in no way be swayed by your arguments.
Even if they were well thought out.

Re:The Name (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39878419)

Yeah, it's like my innocently named Net-Interactive Graphic Game Emulator for Ruby. For some reason, people get all pissy when I use the acronym.

Re:The Name (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39878465)

I think they should change it to Newly Implemented GNU Graphics Editing Resource...but "somebody" would probably claim to be offended. People are just too sensitive these days, am I right?

Re:The Name (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39878493)

O RLY? [google.com]

Re:The Name (0)

b0bby (201198) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878393)

Yeah, the name is weak. The one time I installed it for a user at work, he happened to be handicapped and was like "what are you trying to say here?" Fortunately he has a sense of humor & wasn't too bothered by it, but still it's not a good thing.

Re:The Name (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39878181)

That's a good idea. Maybe they could name it after one of the planets, or something.

Re:The Name (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39878391)

Yep, Uranus is a much better an non-offensive name

Re:The Name (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39878337)

I agree about changing the name. Even discussing its use in a college course makes me feel uncomfortable. It really thwarts it's use by a larger audience for the derogatory reason in addition to it not indicating what it actually does. Of course hinting at what a product does isn't mandatory for a product's success (countless examples that in the computer world) but when it's one of the alternatives to a program that has now becoming a universally known term for image editing, maybe a name change would certainly help spread its use.

That being said, I'm more up in arms about the fact that it is a derogatory term.

Re:The Name (1, Insightful)

Hatta (162192) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878369)

Boo hoo. If you can't get over the name, it's pretty clear who is the childish one.

have they speeded it up any?? (0)

RobertLTux (260313) | more than 2 years ago | (#39877983)

I don't know if its debugging stuff or what but i tried a recent build and it was DOG SLOW. (win7starter on a 1.7 atom) gimp 2.6 runs decently.

Re:have they speeded it up any?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39878055)

I don't know if its debugging stuff or what but i tried a recent build and it was DOG SLOW. (win7starter on a 1.7 atom) gimp 2.6 runs decently.

Boots up pretty fast on Ubuntu 12.04 with an Intel SSD.

Re:have they speeded it up any?? (1)

Ksevio (865461) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878065)

I had the same issue with it, but it seemed to be just when starting up, after a couple minutes it sped up a bit more.

Wasn't a big fan of their dark gray on light black theme.

Re:have they speeded it up any?? (5, Interesting)

Sarten-X (1102295) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878257)

Wasn't a big fan of their dark gray on light black theme.

Don't ever do pro image work, then.

You may be familiar with those oddly-colored pictures that you stare at for a while, then look at a white wall and see the true-color image. Your eyes get used to whatever colors are around, and try to compensate by altering your perception. When working for hours on the same image, editors' eyes will start changing the color balance as they're working, and suddenly that bright red shirt is just a little too dull on that left side, so they raise the saturation until it looks good... then ten minutes later it looks like the shirt's plastic.

Professional retouchers often surround themselves with as much matte 50% gray as possible, because it doesn't affect the color balance. Sure, it's ugly, but it makes for better pictures.

Re:have they speeded it up any?? (1)

Sarten-X (1102295) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878417)

Poor form replying to myself and all that, but 100 points to anybody knowledgeable and/or ambitious enough to find the right term for the phenomenon, and preferably a better (yet layman-accessible) description of how it works.

Looks like Windows installer isn't quite ready yet (4, Informative)

xxxJonBoyxxx (565205) | more than 2 years ago | (#39877987)

Looks like Windows installer isn't quite ready yet

(Still on version 2.6.12, as per: http://gimp-win.sourceforge.net/stable.html [sourceforge.net] )

Re:Looks like Windows installer isn't quite ready (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39878201)

Really? Go to the Gimp home page. I downloaded 2.8rc1 from there over the weekend

Paint.NET is what GIMP wishes it could be. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39877989)

Time to just shoot it in the head like Ol' Yeller.

Bring out the gimp (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39878003)

Wow, a shitty looking interface and features that have been in Photoshop and other decent image editors for years if not more than a decade? *fap* *fap* *fap* OH GOD. I'm cumming!

Wilbur's eyes (0)

Rik Sweeney (471717) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878005)

Wilbur's eyes used to move in his Slashdot 1.0 icon. Please change it back.

Application Frame (5, Interesting)

RandomUsername99 (574692) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878025)

It's kind of funny how, after all of this griping (from people like me) about lack of Photoshop like single-window mode in Gimp, Photoshop, at least for Mac, defaults to not having an "Application Frame"– which essentially means that it's not, by default, in single-window mode. It's easy enough to switch back, though.

Re:Application Frame (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39878239)

What kind of antique photoshop are you using? Photoshop 6 is single window, bro.

And! Another feature! (4, Funny)

DeathToBill (601486) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878033)

I've just discovered a new key! Called an exclamation mark! On my keyboard! How did I miss it all these years!?!

The guy who wrote the new feature summary is just a bit too excitable for me to be comfortable with him at large in society.

2.6 for Windows (3, Insightful)

Jamu (852752) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878061)

It's still stuck on version 2.6.12 for Windows. It's a shame they don't support a (binary) Windows download.

Typical M$ Shill/Astroturfer (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39878177)

Well then compile it yourself. If you can't do that simple task then you are obviously are, like all Microshaft/Crapple/Failbook lusers, too fucking stupid to even exist let alone use a fucking computer.

Re:Typical M$ Shill/Astroturfer (1)

Lord Lode (1290856) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878297)

No need to compile it yourself if you don't want to, let the community do the work for you and use your package manager. Or does Windows not have such a package manager?

Re:Typical M$ Shill/Astroturfer (1)

hackula (2596247) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878425)

But how does that make you feel?

... better then Adobe Photoshops window management (2)

cristiroma (606375) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878071)

From TFA: "- Single window mode has arrived in GIMP ... - you’re now able to group layers and move/duplicate/make-visible/delete/etc many layers at once that you combined in the group" - extremely improved text tool - a brand new tool to transform an image on a polygon base - Take care of hundreds of brushes now and only show “flower” brushes, for example, by filtering them! - a new on-screen-indicatior that shows you how far an operation is to be finished (this is more intuitive than just the status bar progress text). - new slider widgets which allow you to use them in different very effective ways" In another words, welcome to Photoshop 7 without easter eggs

CMYK (4, Interesting)

virgnarus (1949790) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878079)

True CMYK support yet? Nope. Looks like Photoshop is still the only option.

Re:CMYK (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39878267)

so said the milkman.

Re:CMYK (3, Insightful)

Nadir (805) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878407)

Even if GIMP supported CMYK, you'd still complain about it not being useful for professional work for some other reason (e.g. font rendering). GIMP is quite good for screen graphics, and that's what most people do.

Here comes the complaning... (5, Insightful)

vladilinsky (1071536) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878081)

Every time there is anything posted about GIMP the entire comments consist of nothing but people complaining that it is not photoshop. What does it contribute to the discussion? We have all heard it before, many times. If you irrationally hate some piece of software, don't use it. If not enjoy the progression and the new features.

I for one, am glad that GIMP exists and want to thank all the people involved for all their hard work. It is not perfect but gets better with every release. I happily use it for all my photo manipulation needs.

Re:Here comes the complaning... (5, Insightful)

slim (1652) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878137)

I tried Photoshop, and I didn't like it because it wasn't the GIMP.

I'm sure PS is fine, but once you've learned one UI it's difficult to adapt to a different one.

Re:Here comes the complaning... (0)

l0ungeb0y (442022) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878315)

I suspect it to be more a case of your needs being as simplistic and basic as the Gimps feature set. Because PS blows Gimp out of the water in features and the differences in UI are not all that vast. So if you had any substantial amount of work beyond basic scaling, cropping and simple filtering, you'd have switched in a heart beat.

Re:Here comes the complaning... (1)

slim (1652) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878421)

So if you had any substantial amount of work beyond basic scaling, cropping and simple filtering, you'd have switched in a heart beat.

I'm first to admit I don't have high end needs.

But "scaling cropping and simple filtering" is IrfanView territory. Very basic indeed. GIMP gives me layers, masks -- and scriptability way beyond my needs.

Re:Here comes the complaning... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39878475)

I tried Photoshop, and I didn't like it because it wasn't the GIMP.

I'm sure PS is fine, but once you've learned one UI it's difficult to adapt to a different one.

Thats why MS pays coverments to teach only MS software in schools.

Re:Here comes the complaning... (3)

Desler (1608317) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878151)

Well the summary is claiming it rivals Photoshop so it's only fair game to point out it's still missing features that Photoshop had in the early to mid 90s. Hell, even Paint.net has high-end features that The Gimp doesn't.

Re:Here comes the complaning... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39878233)

But the GIMP also has features neither Photoshop nor Paint.NET have. So, we can call it a tie ;-)

Re:Here comes the complaning... (2)

cristiroma (606375) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878165)

Let me think ... because THEY compare themselves with Photoshop?? From TFA: " .... So it is even better then Adobe Photoshops window management now!" How about that?

Re:Here comes the complaning... (5, Insightful)

Wattos (2268108) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878193)

Thank you for posting this.

You get a feature rich, stable, complete application for absolutely free and you still complain about it not being something else. Gimp may have a very steap learning curve and may lack some features of photoshop but it is still a solid package and we should be absolutely greatful that there are people out there who dedicate their time to provide the package to us for free.

I am absolutely sure that most people here, who complain about gimp not being photoshop, do not even have a valid license for photoshop. Additionally, if you think its so much worse, why dont you go ahead and try to make it better, its open source after all. But that would actually require you to do some work.

I am happy that gimp 2.8 finally got released. I continue to use and support it :)

Re:Here comes the complaning... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39878287)

Oh, you mean because it has new features that Paint Shop Pro had ever since version 7? And you do realize PSP 7 was released back in September of 2000? Now PSP and Photoshop both have features that are lightyears ahead of Gimp so yes the complains are valid. Oh that's right since Gimp is communist open-sores no one has the fucking right to criticize Gimp, everyone must bow down to the Open-Sores God RMS Titanic and the God of Communism Karl Marx. Is it any wonder Communist open-sores loses in the end. Watch as the unstable, memory & processor hogs Firefux and Fuckle Chrap disintegrate to the might of Internet Explorer.

Re:Here comes the complaning... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39878309)

Indeed, I'm a big fan.

Eglish (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39878099)

Mon, can tis artacle has eny wose engjus ins it?

Read liek 12 years old rote it.
I can has make thing read stnge AND amze peeps that no gay bash is envolved

how about a new name? (5, Funny)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878103)

I want to use GIMP at work, but I need to get permission from my boss first. He's a into the leather scene so I'm afraid he'll get the wrong impression.

Re:how about a new name? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39878147)

Go ahead and ask, but be direct and forceful about it. Who knows, maybe you'll get that assistant you always wanted.

Re:how about a new name? Use name, not acronym (3, Insightful)

Jeng (926980) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878463)

Rather than introduce it by it's acronym why not use it's full name when recommending it?

link to gimp.org? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39878111)

Could you puhleese link to gimp.org? *headshake*

Nah... slashdot is really falling apart and going the way of the dodo right now...

A poll (2)

the_Bionic_lemming (446569) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878123)

How many people here comparing Gimp to Photoshop have....Actually PAID for the licenses for all the version of photoshop they used?

I'm just happy there's a free alternative to photo editing out there. No, it may not be as slick as photoshop - but you don't have to steal gimp to use it.

Re:A poll (1)

Desler (1608317) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878211)

The GIMP people themselves and the summary are the ones claiming it rivals Photoshop so whining about people pointing out that it's still behind in features of versions of Photoshop from 20 years ago is only fair.

Re:A poll (1)

Sarten-X (1102295) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878365)

And that's my #1 reason for preferring GIMP to Photoshop. I rarely do any image editing these days, so usually I find myself installing GIMP onto a different computer than last time just so I can clean up one picture. Having something freely available that does what I need to get the job done is what I really care about, not a duplication tool that lets me add floors onto a building, or whatever features Photoshop's adding these days - the last time I used Photoshop was in the early 2000's (licensed, in a professional photo lab).

If you need absolutely every imaging algorithm discovered in the past 20 years, use Photoshop. If you just need to manipulate an image now, use GIMP. The two are comparable, yet different, in the way that a Dodge pickup truck is comparable to a Mercedes-Benz convertible.

Change the name, please! (3, Insightful)

mapuche (41699) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878125)

The first unnatractive GIMP feature is its name. Please change it to something more appealing while describes what it does. Photoshop, Paintshop, Illustrator,Inkscape, Pencil, etc. are good names for similar programs, please find a more clever name.

Re:Change the name, please! (1)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878229)

The first unnatractive GIMP feature is its name. Please change it to something more appealing while describes what it does.

GNU image Manipulation Program isn't descriptive?

please find a more clever name.

Wait, do you want it to be clever, or descriptive?

Here's an idea: write your own image manipulation program, then you can name it whatever you want.

Re:Change the name, please! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39878361)

He could fork the GIMP and just change the name strings and then go to all the work of marketing it. He wouldn't even need to program. I'm guessing the maintenance of the name change patch shouldn't be too difficult.

He'll quickly learn why you don't rename things.

Re:Change the name, please! (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39878383)

They could always change it to the Photo and Illustration Manipulation Program, or PIMP.

Re:Change the name, please! (2)

mapuche (41699) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878405)

>GNU image Manipulation Program isn't descriptive?

Yes, but appealing or even funny. Calling a creative tool like ths one gimp, dork, dick, etc is not very smart or creative.

>Wait, do you want it to be clever, or descriptive?

How about both, is it possible? we're all here smart people, I'm sure we can end with a clever name.

>Here's an idea: write your own image manipulation program, then you can name it whatever you want.

So I can't contribute with a positive opinion to make The GIMP (sigh!) more appealing to the masses?

Re:Change the name, please! (1)

Lord Lode (1290856) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878251)

Hmm, Photoshop, Paintshop and Photo-Paint are already taken.

So maybe Imageshop, or Pictureshop Pro, or Picture-Photo?

Re:Change the name, please! (5, Funny)

Stuarticus (1205322) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878317)

Hi, I've forked it for you, I thought a better name would be "paintbitch" please PM me for a download key.

Re:Change the name, please! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39878355)

Can I edit pictures that aren't photos in Photoshop? If we're judging based on the name, I'll need something else to create graphics that weren't originally photos.

OMG Bold! And Italic! And Colors! (2, Interesting)

svyyn (530783) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878199)

Now it is possible to change text inside the bounding text box and also use certain styles! For example select a word and press a “Bold” or “Italic” button. You can also change the size, line-height and font! Not just that – meanwhile it is also possible to change the color of certain words and characters.
This feature is absolutely great!

Bold, italic, and colors!? Is this a joke?

Open Source Project Releases (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39878215)

Along with the new version number, years in dev, and list of features, I'd like to see these projects list how many man-hours were actually spent.

Yo0 fail #it (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39878249)

in time. For all give 3SD credit

when will someone build the damn windows binaries? (1)

DragonTHC (208439) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878281)

I'd love to use 2.8, but I'm not going to build it from source.

Someone needs to build the windows binaries already.

Impressive Summary (0)

El Royo (907295) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878363)

Submitter managed heroically to not mention what GIMP was in the whole summary or what products it compared to. Yes, I know what it is but there's no excuse for a summary not to at least mention what the damn software does.

Still waiting on one particular key feature... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39878491)

Does it have cmyk support yet?

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