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Some aims for GIMP 2.6

Postby Gimper » Thu Dec 20, 2007 2:52 am

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2007-12-20 01:56:58

We've listened to a German podcast with one of gimps main developers, Sven Neumann, today, have searched the web and read all the mails of the developers mailing list. Although the roadmap for GIMP 2.6 is not yet finalized it is already clearly visible what GIMP 2.6 aims for. Below we've listed some of the top goals the devlopers want to achieve with the next version:

There are two main parts in the 2.5 developement branch that is being worked on: the GIMP's internal core and the graphical User Interface. 2.4 already has set the course for the future of GIMP and so does GIMP 2.6. By connecting and replacing some GIMP core code with the advanced "Generic Graphics Library" (GEGL - http://www.gegl.org), which will be a long and difficult process, the developement team sets the course for future non destructible image manipulation capabilities in GIMP.

For those that don't have a clue what GEGL is / can do - here's a short example: GEGL offers graph based non destructible image manipulation - which means following: original pixel regions are not being altered by a certain operation. assume you're doing a color correction on a photo, then you work another hour on that photo appliing lots of other filters. After all operations you can still change the first color correction operation because the original pixel information has not been altered. You don't have to redo all the steps or go back in the journal.

The second main point being worked on is the user interface. One of the most annoying things for lots of users is the many windows you've to deal with when working with GIMP, it sometimes just interrupts the workflow. The developers are trying a solution where tools and other windows can 'dock' at the main image window. Finally it should be then possible to have only one window open in the task bar, which make life easier for many of us. This is the goal. We're all anxious to see the developement on this!

From a user perspective of view we shouldn't expect too many 'visible' changes when GIMP 2.6 arrives. Because of the implementation of GEGL much code has to be rewritten for the future, which will take most of the developement time.

Nothing final yet but here are some other things that will be also worked on: It is planned to make the IWarp filter a tool, "smudging" will be accessible from all paint tools and the jitter functionality will maybe also be available from the paint tools.

The vector layers will probably not make it into the 2.6 release, also it is unclear if 16bit colors per channel support or native CMYK support will make it into the next release but we can at least hope for it ;-)

The upcoming stable versions are aimed to be released in a 6 months cycle. The dev-team wants to do more smaller steps than only a few big ones. That has been decided to bring the new features faster to users. So that means for us we can expect GIMP 2.6 somewhere in late spring / ealry summer - ah, and thats 2008 not 2009 of course, heh ;-)


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Re: Some aims for GIMP 2.6

Postby El Llama » Thu Dec 20, 2007 3:05 am

Lol I can't wait!
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Re: Some aims for GIMP 2.6

Postby lolzlolz » Thu Dec 20, 2007 4:30 am

it doesn't seem there will be very many changes but making undoing easier and making the ui in one window instead of 3 (with one picture open)
ok that is a pretty big update but still not as big as 2.4 was in adding a whole set of options having to do with color, but it looks like theyre going to have to do a lot of recoding of gimp core which should make it take longer  :-[ brilliant ;D i hope it won't take as long as they predict
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Re: Some aims for GIMP 2.6

Postby Siddharth » Thu Dec 20, 2007 10:47 am

unwaitable
ha ha
GImp 2.4 was a major release acc to me and had quite new options
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Re: Some aims for GIMP 2.6

Postby sglider12 » Thu Dec 20, 2007 1:22 pm

oh nice. even more flexibility..but I have to agree with siddarth, gimp 2.4 was a big release for me
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Re: Some aims for GIMP 2.6

Postby lolzlolz » Thu Dec 20, 2007 3:05 pm

it seems to me 2.6 will give them a new framework for future updates which will make it possible to add new features later,
i think  ;)
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Re: Some aims for GIMP 2.6

Postby yonyonjohn » Sat Dec 22, 2007 5:09 am

lolzlolz wrote:it seems to me 2.6 will give them a new framework for future updates which will make it possible to add new features later,
i think  ;)

exactly, 2.6 is more for the devs than for us, the users. 
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Re: Some aims for GIMP 2.6

Postby lolzlolz » Sat Dec 22, 2007 5:10 am

yes, but after thinking about it it seems having everything in one window will be nice :-\
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Re: Some aims for GIMP 2.6

Postby sglider12 » Sat Dec 22, 2007 5:16 am

lolzlolz wrote:yes, but after thinking about it it seems having everything in one window will be nice :-\

aint that the truth
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Re: Some aims for GIMP 2.6

Postby lolzlolz » Sat Dec 22, 2007 5:20 am

although it is kinda cool in vista flipping between windows :P
for fun  ;D
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Re: Some aims for GIMP 2.6

Postby sglider12 » Sat Dec 22, 2007 5:23 am

personally, i hate vista. but ok, whatever floats ur boat i guess
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Re: Some aims for GIMP 2.6

Postby lolzlolz » Sat Dec 22, 2007 5:25 am

lol i like vista cuz ive never had problems with it, and my graphics card can handle it,
only problem is a small glitch that impacts number of copies printer prints
but i dont use the printer too much so that's ok  ;)
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Re: Some aims for GIMP 2.6

Postby bootycrewqueen » Tue Jan 29, 2008 1:15 am

Sounds awesome. I love my GIMP.
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Re: Some aims for GIMP 2.6

Postby lolzlolz » Tue Jan 29, 2008 3:04 pm

ur gimp OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO  :o
it's my gimp  :D
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Re: Some aims for GIMP 2.6

Postby ArKabZol » Tue Jan 29, 2008 5:35 pm

The upcoming stable versions are aimed to be released in a 6 months cycle. The dev-team wants to do more smaller steps than only a few big ones. That has been decided to bring the new features faster to users. So that means for us we can expect GIMP 2.6 somewhere in late spring / ealry summer - ah, and thats 2008 not 2009 of course, heh ;-)



Ka-tching!


Oh and this:

I like flipping between windows in my Beryl :), but I mostly use Metacity when usign GIMP, so...



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