GIMP, the popular open source image editing application, recently released its latest version: GIMP 2.9.2
This version of GIMP brings several new features to the table, such as better color management tools, enhanced support for file formats and image metadata, as well as layers blending. Beyond that, GIMP 2.9.2 also comes with improvements to existing editing tools and options.
However, the most important feature of GIMP 2.9.2 is that it offers us the first technical preview of the abilities of GEGL.
For the uninitiated, GEGL has served as GIMP’s image processing engine ever since GIMP 2.6 (released in 2008). But the implementation was quite basic, and with GIMP 2.10 aiming at total transition to GEGL, version 2.9.2 offers a first-hand preview of what this image processing engine, if implemented fully, can accomplish.
Better GEGL support means GIMP 2.9.2 now offers higher-quality downscaling, enhanced on-canvas previews, and support for OpenEXR formats. Plus, when working with popular file formats such as PNG, TIFF or PSD, GIMP 2.9.2 can now process color channels at both 16 and 32 bits.
GIMP 2.9.2 will serve as the last major release before GIMP 2.10 and eventually GIMP 3.0 — any other release of GIMP 2.9.x will not bring epic changes. You can get the latest version of GIMP from this page, or learn more about GIMP 2.9.2 on the official blog.
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