GIMP 2.8.20 Released, Install / Update Latest Gimp Stable

Gimp Latest Stable Version - A new version of the free and open source image editor was released. Yep, it's Gimp 2.8.20! This is a bug fixes release. Almost of you know, GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program, is best free image editor program alternative image editing programs Adobe Photoshop.

The most noticeable one being changes to the weird initial user interface language selection on macOS to make it use the user’s preferred language.

Also, for users on the Microsoft Windows platforms, an annoying oscillating switching between different input devices has been fixed, this should make using a tablet more reliable.

Changes from GIMP 2.8.18 to GIMP 2.8.20

The latest Gimp includes the following changes :

1. Core

  • Avoid D-Bus error message when built without D-Bus support
  • fix OS X min required conditional in gimpimagewindow.c
  • Saving to existing and .xcf.gz files didn't truncate them and could lead to unnecessarily large files
  • Text layer created by gimp-text-fontname doesn't respect border when resized
  • Avoid seeking when saving XCF files to prevent corruption with file network shares (fixed since 2014, but not mentioned in NEWS yet)

2. GUI

  • Flow on Paint Dynamics editor dialog: the 'y' axis is indicating 'Rate' instead 'Flow'
  • Vertical ruler shows artifacts if the status bar isn't showing
  • Tablet stylus misbehaves when crossing the edge of a dock in multi-window-mode
  • Disable the new "automatic window tabbing" feature introduced on macOS Sierra
  • Improve the visiblity of slider handles with dark themes
  • Make it harder to switch to renaming if selecting already selected items in resource lists

3. Tools and Libgimp

  • Make toggling to color picker mode of paint tools more robust
  • Call gimp_file_entry_set_filename() with filename encoding

Also read on Linuxslaves :

5. Plug-ins

  • Prevent the Python console from closing by the Escape key
  • Help browser does not launch on OS X
  • Filter 'Edge Detect/Difference of Gaussians' returns empty image
  • only use -xobjective-c for compile commands
  • fix calls to write_file() routine to write to current directory
  • When printing, the images are composed onto a white background to prevent printing a black box instead of a transaprent image
  • Fix color visison deficiency display filters to apply gamma correction directly

6. Windows Installer

  • Reduce the memory requirement when running the installer (has already been shipped in a 2.8.18 installer-only update)
  • Ship an updated libcairo to fix GTK+ UI rendering problems, like missing palette border/bevel and shadowa under tab labels

7. MacOS DMG

  • Ship the Tango icon theme with the DMG for a complete set of icons
  • Fix the way mime data is copied into the bundle
  • No longer copy Pango modules into the bundle
  • Prevent a crash caused by drag&drop on OSX by patching the included GTK+
  • Ship a patch for gettext to make sure the preferred UI language will be used

8. Updated Translations

  • Catalan
  • Czech
  • Danish
  • Finnish
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Hungarian
  • Icelandic
  • Italian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Slovak
  • Slovenian
  • Scottish Gaelic
  • Spanish
  • Swedish

How to Install Gimp 2.8.18 on Ubuntu Linux

To install / upgrade the latest Gimp stable from older version we'll use otto06217's PPA. This works for Ubuntu including : 12.04 LTS Precise Pangolin, 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr, 16.04 Xenial Xerus, 16.10 Yakkety Yak, and its variant like Linux Mint and Elementary OS.

How to Upgrade Gimp to Latest Gimp Stable in Linux

Well, here are all you need to do :

Step 1 - Open Linux terminal window (Ctrl+Alt+T), then add this PPA :

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp

Press Enter to confirm and continue. The system will creating and requesting key from server

Step 2 - Now re-sync the index by run the following command :

sudo apt-get update

Step 3 - Next, type and run this command to update your Gimp :

sudo apt-get install gimp

The APT will tell you the size package. Confirm the installation dialog by pressing y. Sit back and grab a cup of coffee!

Once installed, you can now open the Gimp Image Editor via Unity dash, or other app launcher like Synapse Launcher or Albert Spotlight.

How to Remove Gimp 2.8.20 on Linux

To revert to older version, you just need open a terminal and run the following command :

sudo apt-get install ppa-purge
sudo ppa-purge ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp

So that's all I can write about a guide to update / install Gimp 2.8.20 stable on Ubuntu based distribution. Hope you've enjoyed reading this tutorial as much I’ve enjoyed writing it and thanks for visiting us.