GEGL updated, GIMP 2.8 goes release candidate

GEGL updated, GIMP 2.8 goes release candidate

The stress test for hardcore GIMP fans proceeds better than planned. GIMP 2.8 has just entered the release candidate phase, while GEGL got a bagful of features.

Quite a striking April Fool joke was lost this year: the team was an inch close from actually releasing v2.8 on April 1. The reason it hasn't actually happened was an API and ABI breakage in GEGL, the new image processing core.

Hence the team is giving the 1st release candidate a week or two to roll, so that any fautes horrible could be timely identified and dragged away kicking and screaming.

Does GEGL 0.2.0 have any good excuse? Oh, yes, indeed!

All the OpenCL code we earlier mentioned is part of this release along with OpenCL based operations such as levels, gaussian blur, vignette, c2g etc. The code isn't used by default, so you need to start GIMP with the GEGL_USE_OPENCL=yes variable. The project was done by Victor Oliveira, some OpenCL-based operations were contributed by Zhang Peixuan.

The new version of GEGL got even more operations: Mikael Magnusson contributed perspective transformation, and Jan Rüegg submitted a global matting op that will be required for a GEGL-based foreground selection tool.

Finally, Michael Muré delivered the last bits of internationalization in GEGL. As of 0.2.0 the library has (partial) translations into German, French, Polish, Russian, Slovenian and Spanish.

But what about the goat-invasion branch where GEGL is really used for rendering and processing? After three weeks of work the old tile manager has been completely replaced with GEGL code, colors tools have been ported to GEGL and filters are being gradually replaced with GEGL operations (available from menu, too).

All of that might sound encouraging, but the GEGL/GIMP coding sprint is essentially over. If you want to see the development pace well maintained and you can do some C programming, please join the fun. Alternatively, spread the word.

Builds for Windows will be available shortly (we love you, Partha!).

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  1. The only way to spread the word, as you say, is heavily marketing your product. Through articles, publications, web, schools, etc. How did Libre Office and Blender market their products?. The same needs to be done with Gimp, not just word of mouth or posts. Tell the “professionals” about GEGL, and how they can save a ton of money, by NOT being forced to use Photoshop because of higher bit color depth. If GEGL is as great and feature rich as you say it is. Is the rendering still slower than 2.6.12. I tried 2.7.5 under Windows and rendering and image after applying an adjustment was way slower than 2.6.12.

  2. Quote: ” The code isn’t used by default, so you need to start GIMP with the GEGL_USE_OPENCL=yes variable.”

    Why not used it by default?. Is openCL based operations used by default in Photoshop or Paintshop Pro X4.?. If so why not in Gimp 2.8?. How many non technical savy types are going to know to add a code to get openCL support?.

  3. Alexandre Prokoudine 04 April 2012 at 10:25 am

    Because it’s experimental, Bob.

  4. Great news!

  5. Excellent news!

    Now please release GIMP early, release it often to keep a steady media coverage. If so, I’m confident you will atract new user and developer as they *see* your constant effort to improve your software.

    Thanks for your past & future hard work GIMP team!

  6. So, Gimp 2.8 is in Release Candidate stage but nobody have a OSX build to play with! How to report bugs if nobody is testing Gimp 2.8RC on OSX to find platform specific bugs?

  7. This is great news! Certainly wasn’t expecting to hear this this morning.

  8. A striking joke indeed! While everyone was little disapointed ‘by the pain of undelivery’ this would have been perfect. But I’m really happy with this good news. I hope this new version will spread Gimp more and more making it a widely used common knowm program as it certainly deserves. Thanks and congratulations to all contributors of Gimp!

  9. Great news!  Can’t wait to try it out. And thank you to the developers who have devoted their time to Gimp!!!

  10. UnconventionalT 06 April 2012 at 2:24 pm

    attanze, I think this requires actually being able to build Gimp in the first place. Which I haven’t been able to. Since 2.7.4, actually.
    In fact, I think mitch is the only one with a working Gimp on MacOSX build.

  11. Certainly, the best news of the day! Can’t wait for the final release! My congratulations to the developers. Still, I believe GIMP needs a steady development/release cycle.

  12. Well that’s something called a good news! I hope I could try it out soon and waiting for more sooner release of GIMP.

    Thanks
    Kevin

  13. I tried it and it failed when I went to use it with Raw Therapee. I go to send to Gimp from Raw Therapee (4.07). And I get a Gimp error. It thinks my jpg image is a tiff. tried Photoshop Elements 9 as an editor in Raw Therapee, and all works fine. Bug in Gimp 2.8 RC. You may want to post this bug for me, since I have enough accounts to deal with. Don’t want a bugzilla account.

  14. Alexandre Prokoudine 21 April 2012 at 7:59 pm

    Bob, this is interesting enough to reboot to Windows which I haven’t done in ages :)

  15. Submitted bug report to Gimp.

  16. Even better! :)

  17. Its true GEGL has got bagful of features as well your blog site is full of informative links that one needs to visit for any kind of such information. Great job!

  18. I have been visiting your blogsite its nice sharing bagful of features. Lovable!

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  20. It’s nice to hear. Although we use PS for graphich design I think it’s good idea to try gimp also.
    Thanks for great post!

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  22. Photo Shop Be Damned!!!

    I really love using Gimp, especially as its free. I use it to design all my graphics, like on the banner at my site http://tomswebstudio.co.uk and have never found it lacking in features compared to Adobe PS.

    Can’t thank the Dev team enough for GIMP!

  23. I love the way you are teaching us. Waiting to read more from you. I love to design websites.

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