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An Exclusive Interview With Martin Nordholts (GIMP Developer)

Dec 29, 2008, 17:17 (0 Talkback[s])

"Speaking from a photographer's point of view, there is a long wait for features such as color management, higher bit depth editing or "effect layers" to be included in GIMP. Now that GEGL gets ready for "prime time", how will its use in GIMP allow these features?

"When GEGL is fully integrated, GIMP will offer high bit depth and non destructive editing including so called effect layers. Color management is a separate issue and a high quality color management work flow will require work both on the GEGL framework and the GIMP core.

"With the 2.6 version of GIMP recently out, GEGL is used in GIMP for some operations. How much more work is there on GEGL to be ready to be used full swing in GIMP?

"For GIMP 2.6 most color operations were ported to GEGL. For GIMP 2.8 we are as good as done porting the projection code to GEGL as well. The projection code is what combines the layers into a single composite i.e. image. With the image structure represented as a GEGL graph it is easy to insert non-destructive nodes and I know Oyvind has done some prototyping which as far as I understand was mostly painless."

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