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GIMP 2.4 preview

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Fedora 8 test releases have a surprise for all users interested in graphics: a release candidate for the new GIMP 2.4, meaning the final version will get the stable GIMP 2.41. This is exciting news, as the previous major release, GIMP 2.2, is several years old, and a lot of new features were added in the meantime.

In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the most visible new features, but beyond them, there are tons of less visible things: speedups, a decrease in memory consumption, better importing and exporting, a better print plugin, better EXIF support, changed scripting language for plugins, zoomable preview for plugins, many bug fixes, and more.

The improved graphic interface is one of the first new things you’ll notice. There’s a new icon set (based on Tango), the menu is reorganized with a better structure (the cryptic Script-Fu and Python-Fu have disappeared, with the functions moved to a more logical place), and the dialogs now better follow the GNOME HIG.

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GIMP 2.4.0 Released

Phoronix and are reporting that GIMP 2.4.0 has been released, unofficially. Officially not announced, tarballs are being seen on ftp servers.

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