What's New in The GIMP?
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GIMP 1.0 evolved gradually into the very stable and
widely used 1.2 release. Three years later, as the
GIMP development came closer to the
next stable release, they decided that the level of fundamental change to
the inner workings of the program justified calling the new stable version
2.0. GIMP 2.0.0 was released on March 23, 2004. For
GIMP 2.2, the
developers aimed at a short cycle, adding a number of important features
that did not require instability-inducing low level changes.
was released on December 19, 2004. This section briefly describes the new
features that were added in GIMP 2.2, as well as the
features that were introduced in GIMP 2.0.
Here is a brief summary of some of the most important new features
introduced in GIMP 2.2. There are many other smaller
long-time users will notice and appreciate (or complain about!). There
are also important changes at the level of plug-in programming and
script-fu creating that are not covered here.
Interoperability and standards support
You can drag-and-drop or copy-and-paste image data from the
any application which supports image/png drops (currently
Kword at least) and image/xml+svg drops
supports this one). So you can copy-and-paste curves into the
from Inkscape, and then drag a
selection into Abiword to include it
inline in your document.
Patterns can now be any supported
format, including png, jpeg, xbm and others.
GIMP can load gradients from SVG files, and
palettes from ACT and RIFF files.
Drag-and-drop support has been extended. You can now drop
files and URIs onto an image window, where they will be opened
in the existing image as new layers.