GIMP Image Editor 2.10.30 Released

GIMP Image Editor 2.10.30 Released
GIMP Image Editor 2.10.30 Released

GIMP Open Source Image Editor is a photo manipulation tool and cross-platform image editor you can use on GNU/Linux, macOS, Windows, and more operating systems.

GIMP provides the tools you need for high-quality image manipulation. From retouching to restoring to creative composites, the only limit is your own imagination.

You can download the app for free. The newly released GIMP 2.10.30 comes with a lot of bug fixes and some nice new improvements.

Features to find in GIMP Image Editor 2.10.30

  • A full suite of painting tools including brushes, a pencil, an airbrush, cloning, etc.
  • Tile-based memory management, so image size is limited only by available disk space
  • Sub-pixel sampling for all paint tools for high-quality anti-aliasing
  • Full Alpha channel support for working with transparency
  • Layers and channels
  • A procedural database for calling internal GIMP functions from external programs, such as Script-Fu
  • Advanced scripting capabilities
  • Multiple undo/redo (limited only by disk space)
  • Transformation tools including rotate, scale, shear and flip
  • Support for a wide range of file formats, including GIF, JPEG, PNG, XPM, TIFF, TGA, MPEG, PS, PDF, PCX, BMP and many others
  • Selection tools, including rectangle, ellipse, free, fuzzy, bezier and intelligent scissors
  • Plug-ins that allow for the easy addition of new file formats and new effect filters.

Changelog for GIMP Image Editor 2.10.30

Improved file formats support

Several file format supports were updated with fixes or improvements: AVIFHEIFPSDDDSRGBE and PBM.

Let’s highlight in particular

  • PSD support received various types of improvements allowing it to load more sub-cases of PSD (layer masks tagged with invalid dimensions, CMYK without alpha, CMYK without layers, merged image of a 16 bit per channel RGBA which had opaque alpha channel…).
  • AVIF export now favors AOM encoder.

OS evolutions

Some backends got reworked to follow OS evolutions:

  • Backport of selection outline drawing reimplementation from GIMP 2.99.8 for macOS Big Sur and over (already discussed patch, itself exceptionnaly backported to the 2.10.28 DMG package so that macOS users enjoyed visible selections earlier).
  • On Windows, we moved from GetICMProfile() to the WcsGetDefaultColorProfile() API because the former is broken in Windows 11. Thus we were failing to get monitor profiles.
  • On Linux and other OSes which might use Freedesktop portals, we implemented color picking on display (Colors dockable) with the Freedesktop API when available, keeping old implementations as fallbacks. Screenshot plug-in now also uses in priority the Freedesktop API rather than specific KDE or GNOME API (which are getting restricted for security reasons since KDE Plasma 5.20 and GNOME Shell 41).

More Improvements

Various improvements were made on metadata support, be it on core code as well as in the metadata plug-ins (viewer and editor).

A noteworthy fix is that the text tool won’t follow anymore the subpixel font rendering choice from system settings. Subpixel rendering is for GUI on a screen of a specific type and pixel order and is not suitable for image contents which can be zoomed in or out, showed on various screens or even printed. This change also depends on a patch we contributed to Cairo which will be available in their next release (we include the patched version in our flatpak).

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