There's a new GIMP 2.7 development release available that brings user-interface improvements and may be the last release before the GIMP 2.8 release candidates.
GIMP 2.7.4 was releases yesterday with "minor improvements and bug-fixes", with the GIMP.org
page citing most improvements being related to the user-interface and usability of this open-source image editing application.
GIMP.org also states, "Depending on amount of bugs we get reports on this could be the last version before 2.8 release candidates and 2.8 itself."
GTK+ for Mac has also been improved so now GIMP is "finally going to be first class citizen on that platform." With GIMP 2.7.4 are also updates to the GEGL image library and babl. What's babl? "A dynamic, any to any, pixel format translation library."
To download this latest GIMP 2.8 development release and to find out more information, visit GIMP.org
GIMP 2.8 should finally be released in early 2012
after the development of this version was challenged by several significant setbacks.