My thoughts and explorations of all things related to photography
It took a while to get this release out. There were some issues with how python is being handled in this release. Also, there were some structural changes that made it difficult to get the Mac version together. So, everything had to be tested to be sure they are not broken on both platforms. If something is not working for you, please send an email or use the various sites such as G+ or Flickr. Please download the latest version now.
A couple of days ago, after 6 years of development, the release of GIMP 2.10 was announced.
Well, our builds are not far behind this time. Introducing GIMP 2.10 with the usual bells and whistles you have come to expect from this build.
The raw image editor Nufraw is included as usual.
With this build as before, you can use all the brushes you'll ever need.
G'MIC has been updated to latest pull as well. For the Mac OSX build, G'MIC requires an additional X11 interface which has been provided in this version. Please let me know if you face any issues.
If you have been using Photoshop, then you must be familiar with using the camera-raw plugin on any current image/layer you wish to. Well, with this build, you can consider doing the same by using LightZone as the "camera-raw" plugin. Of course, you have to make sure that you have installed it in its default location. Special thanks to Stefano Azzi for providing this plugin.
Finally if you want to provide just a hint of HDR to your image or go all grunge, you can always open the Nik Collections HDR Pro to get the job done.
I have added another plugin that allows you to stich large panoramas from within GIMP. To do this you will need to get the free Panorama Stitcher from the App Store on your Mac and install it in your Applications folder.
It is important to remember that the images need to be loaded as layers. Once done, start the panorama stitcher from the filters menu, and you are good to go. Once the panorama is created, you must save the file in the default location (your Documents folder) and close the stitcher. The panorama will now open in a separate window for further editing.
Please watch the video.
On Windows, please download and install the capable panorama stitcher available free of charge from Microsoft. Install it in its default location C:\Program Files\Microsoft Research\Image Composite Editor. Once installed, you'll be able to use the panorama stitcher on Windows.
Remember that the images need to be loaded as layers. Then, start the panorama stitcher from the filters menu, and you are good to go. Once the panorama is created, you must save the file in the default location (your Documents folder) and close the stitcher. The panorama will now open in a separate window for further editing.
Please watch the video.
Important: Uninstall previous builds from the target installation location. Installation has been streamlined as much as possible.
Download and double-click on the installer and follow the instructions on your screen. Your computer may ask you to provide your administrative password. This is normal while installing software on the target computer. The software will be installed in the Program Files folder if you select the default settings. Also, it will create necessary files and folders.
The portable versions do not require any particular installation instructions. Simply double-click on the executable and unzip it to your desired location. The portable versions are self-contained and do not interact with your system or any existing GIMP installations.
Remove all references to the software you are installing from the registry and then use Windows to associate this version with your desired image formats.
These versions are compatible with Mavericks (10.9) and above. Simply unzip the version you prefer and drag it to your Applications folder.
My builds are based on source code from the respective developers. Some modifications have been made to make the code compatible with Windows. These builds are compiled using GCC 7.1.0 available from the great folks at MinGW. I have received reports that some virus checkers are triggered by my builds. There is not much that can be done with these reports. They are false positives that you will have to take up with your virus checker software company. Please read this interesting article on how frustrating these reports can be.