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Hands-on: new single-window mode makes GIMP less gimpy

Feb 04, 2010, 15:33 (1 Talkback[s])
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"The venerable GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) is undergoing a significant transformation. The next major release, version 2.8, will introduce an improved user interface with an optional single-window mode. Although this update is still under heavy development, users can get an early look by compiling the latest source code of the development version from the GIMP's version control repository.

"The GIMP is an open source software application for editing raster graphics. It is intended to serve as a free and open alternative to high-end image editing programs for a professional audience. Although the GIMP still has some limitations relative to industry-leading commercial products like Photoshop, it is becoming an increasingly viable solution for professional artists and photographers.

"A general lack of usability is often highlighted as one of the GIMP's most significant weaknesses. A common grievance is that the program tends to spawn a confusing assortment of windows and floating tool panels that can be difficult to navigate and organize. In an effort to solve such problems and boost ease of use, the program's developers are rethinking its user interface. This broad effort has involved extensive analysis, expert evaluations, and community brainstorming."

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