Tuesday, August 23, 2011

GIMP 2.7.3 looks more like Photoshop with added Single Window Mode

Many people are already waiting for GIMP 2.8 mainly because it would bring the much needed single window mode just like Photoshop. They currently released a development version, 2.7.3 which adds the single window mode for testing as well as a few other features like support for layer groups, session management etc.

Note: Single window mode isn't enabled by default. You need to enable it from Windows > Single-Window Mode.


Complete Changelog: http://developer.gimp.org/NEWS

Ubuntu Installation / Upgrade

Those who have already installed GIMP on their system, can upgrade it by running these commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:matthaeus123/mrw-gimp-svn
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

Those who haven't installed it already, can install it by running these commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:matthaeus123/mrw-gimp-svn
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gimp

PPA: https://launchpad.net/~matthaeus123/+archive/mrw-gimp-svn

Later if you want to revert to the older GIMP version, install ppa-purge and run the commands mentioned below. It is in the official repositories for Natty and Maverick. For Lucid, you'll need to enable the 'lucid-backports' repository from System > Administration > Software Sources > Updates tab:

sudo apt-get install ppa-purge
sudo ppa-purge ppa:matthaeus123/mrw-gimp-svn

Other Linux

Those running any other Linux can download the source package from here and then follow the instructions in the 'Install' file after extracting the archive:

ftp://ftp.gimp.org/pub/gimp/v2.7/

Did you encounter a bug while testing GIMP 2.7.3? See here on how to report it for making GIMP even better:

http://www.gimp.org/bugs/howtos/bugzilla.html

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