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Release Digest: GNU, January 7, 2004

Jan 08, 2004, 05:00 (0 Talkback[s])

GIMP 2.0 pre1

Hi all,

The first pre-release for the upcoming 2.0 version of the GIMP is now available for download from


or from one of the mirrors listed at http://gimp.org/download.html

Not everything is in its final state, but we think this is close to a final 2.0 release. Your feedback will help make the 2.0 release even better, and we particularly appreciate testing efforts. New bugs can be reported to us at http://bugzilla.gnome.org/

Please note that the GIMP 2.0 installs side-by-side with the GIMP 1.2, so there is no need to uninstall your older GIMP.

Happy GIMPing,

Overview of Changes in GIMP 2.0 pre1

  • Replaced old "About" dialog [Simon]
  • Allow removal of text attributes from text layer [Sven]
  • Add optimisation option to png (clear transparent pixels) [Joao]
  • Add POSIX shared memory implementation, and use it on MacOS X [Yosh]
  • Dashed selection and path stroking [Simon]
  • Grey picker in Levels dialog conserves lightness [Bolsh]
  • Created a library for handling thumbnails [Sven]
  • Support for multipage TIFFs [Andrey Kiselev]
  • Added a channel mixer plug-in [Martin Guldahl, Yosh]
  • PDB cleanup and compatibility mode [Mitch]
  • Cleaned up libgimp API [David Odin]
  • Lots of bug fixes

Other contributors:
Adam Moss, Jakub Steiner, Helvetix Victorinox, Pedro Gimeno, Adrian Bunk, Abel Cheung, Maurits Rijk, Ville Pätsi, Marco Munari, Shlomi Fish, Jakub Steiner, Raphaël Quinet, David Gowers, Michael Schumacher