GIMP, Krita, MyPaint teams discuss common brushpack format
During Libre Graphics Meeting 2013 in Madrid developers of MyPaint, GIMP, Krita, and Tupi discussed a possibility to create a simple common file format for sharing packs of brushes.
This file format is likely to be a simple ZIP archive that will contain data in existing original file formats such as GIMP's GBR, Krita's KPP or MyPaint's MYB files, as well as metadata in XML.
Boudewijn Rempt (Krita) posted the first proposal on relevant mailing lists. System locations for brushpack installation are currently being discussed, as well as some other aspects of the proposal.
Michael Natterer (GIMP) thinks that the approach could be extrapolated to other types of resources:
It's also an effort to solve the resource bundle problem. GIMP can use that format for more than just brushes.
The new file format is likely to be the first step in a consolidated effort to get the MyPaint's brush engine used in more applications. Currently it's already available in Krita as a plug-in, and in a fork of GIMP called GIMP Painter. Regarding GIMP, the team says that using MyPaint's brushlib to support MyPaint brushes in GIMP is a plan for v2.10 or v3.0, depending on the workload.
MyPaint engine settings in GIMP Painter, as of Git master build
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