And’ of a couple of weeks ago the news of the release of version 2.8 Gimp. The Gimp development team has decided to release the stable version, alternating with the development version, In fact, the latest usable version (recommended) for the production was the 2.6. Many readers will surely have installed the 2.7 however,, a horseback beta between the two stable versions useful to have some preview of the news and to test its actual stability. Compared to the latest versions 2.7 the stable no surprises. The most important (or maybe that was waiting for the longest time) is the possibility of processing the images in more than 8bit. This means a color depth greater (16bit e 32bit). The following new features:
Compared to all previous versions, This version allows you to unify all the windows in a single window Gimp, and to move the various tab (Levels, Paths, Tool Options, etc..) within the parent window to sort the tools depending on the user requirements. And’ You can enable single window, but also leave the various floating windows as in older versions. Depends on the preferences of each.
Multiple columns from within a single window
Another noteworthy aspect is undoubtedly the ability to organize tools on multiple columns, as shown in a few clicks I split the tools from one to two columns. This is one of the most useful things on wide screens large.
The information on the pointer have been “exported” in a dockable window. In this way it is possible to analyze the image pixel by pixel, whether you want to work in RGB, sia in CMYK.
Saving and Exporting
With this new feature finally will avoid unpleasant misunderstanding in saving images. I happened more than once that some users after they complained that they failed most saved as JPG to open the original file with the separated layers. From today you can only save as XCF (Gimp's native), that supports the separation of the levels, and export all sizes available up to now. I hope that is not asked for when loading XCF a Web do not see the image.
Groups of levels
For complex compositions, one “palette” of layers is quite reductive, especially if we are working on images with dozens of levels. The solution is to group layers in the same category, so that if we hide a group of levels are hidden all levels of that group.
Text input “on-canvas“
For text was introduced the new input method directly on the image. Just highlight the words, change the character, size, color, style and everything will be shown in real time image without intermediary windows.
For the complete list of news, refer to page “release notes” the official site (in inglese).