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GIMP 2.8 for Mac delivers single-window mode, improved save and export

10 May 2012 1,710 views One Comment

multi platform open source image editor gets a major update with single window mode, multi-column dock items and more now available for OS X.

Competition is good and open source software is one of the driving forces of innovation on the Mac. Unfortunately, GIMP for the fairer platform was and still is a very compromised product — because it requires X11 to run, the great majority of users will never even consider it and that’s a shame.

Know a thing or two about getting your Mac to do things on the cheap? Then you might want to consider Gimp 2.8 (release notes), a major revision of this popular open source image editor:

• Single-Window Mode: Toggle between the default multi-window mode and the new single-window mode through the Single-window mode checkbox in the Windows menu
• Multi-Column Dock Windows: Dockable dialogs in a dock window to be placed in multiple columns
— More Screen Real Estate For Dockable Dialogs
• Save And Export: Saving and exporting images now are clearly separated activities
• Layer Groups: Organize compositions better through the introduction of layer groups which allow layers to be organized in tree-like structures
• Tools Drawn With Cairo: All tools ported to Cairo to provide smooth antialiased graphics and make GIMP’s look and feel match modern users expectations
• Scores of other features and tweaks

Ready to go open source and edit images with Gimp? Get your copy here. A much more Mac-like, though with significantly fewer features, image editor is Seashore, which unfortunately hasn’t been updated in more than a year.

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