The State of GIMP & Its Future

Written by Michael Larabel in GNOME on 30 July 2016 at 08:07 AM EDT. 49 Comments
GIMP core developer Jehan Pagès has written a blog post about the recent work done on GIMP 2.9.4 as well as a look at its future.

GIMP 2.9.4 was a big development milestone in the road to GIMP 2.10 and the future looks quite exciting for this free software image manipulation program.

In terms of the future of GIMP, it sounds quite exciting around GEGL and its possibilities. Jehan explained, "I see a lot of good things happening around GIMP. And not just from me, but from all the awesome people in GIMP team and projects around. GEGL for one is a hell of a cool project and I think it could be the future of Free and Open Source image processing. I want to imagine a future where most big graphics program integrates GEGL, where Blender for instance would have GEGL as the new implementation of nodes, with image processing graphs which can be exchanged between programs, where darktable would share buffers with GIMP so that images can be edited in one program and updated in real time in the other, and so on."

Other future tasks for GIMP include user-interface improvements, painting improvements, a better exporting, layer improvements, and much more.

If you're a fan of GIMP and want to learn more, read Jehan's blog post. Unfortunately no firm time-frame yet for GIMP 2.10 or the successor release when there may be finally full GTK+ 3.x toolkit support.
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