[Gimp-developer] ANNOUNCE: GIMP 2.9.8 released


finally, a new development snapshot!

We just released the fourth development snapshot in the
GIMP 2.9.x series leading to GIMP 2.10.

This is an unstable development preview and might crash
or do whatever. If you try it for work, please save your
images more often.

For a complete list of changes since 2.9.6 please see the
"Changes" section below.

There is also a release announcement on www.gimp.org
with screenshots and some videos:


Happy GIMPing,


  GIMP 2.9.8 is available from:


  and from the mirrors listed at:


  The checksum of the tarball is:

  bade4163fb5b7a2063e1db570f27242f  gimp-2.9.8.tar.bz2

Overview of Changes from GIMP 2.9.6 to GIMP 2.9.8


  - The default brush is now "Hardness 050".
  - Verbose version (command line: gimp -v) now displays C compiler
  - Transform tools don't commit identity transformation anymore.
  - Manual language can now be selected amongst all installed manuals,
    which is particularly interesting when no GIMP manuals are 
    available in your GUI language. This will be proposed by default
    when a manual is not installed for the GUI language (alongside the
    possibility to read online) and the choice can be edited in
  - The statusbar now blinks on warnings and errors.
  - Paste in Place, available for regular clipboard and named buffers,
    allows pasting contents of either the clipboard a named buffer at
    the exact coordinates it was copied from.
  - Color Picker should now work on KDE/Wayland.
  - Color Picker now reads values under cursor in local windows making
    it work at least inside GIMP Windows on Wayland platforms with no
    color-picking capabilities (for instance GNOME/Wayland) yet.
  - OpenCL is now disabled by default. Depending on graphics cards and
    drivers, OpenCL acceleration is often slower than multi-threaded
    implementation, and can also sometimes be "glitchy".
  - Now possible to open a locally-installed manual different from the
    GUI localization. The manual language choice can be customized
    through preferences when several manuals are installed. If no
    manual language has been selected already and no manual for   
    current GUI localization is available, choice of help language
    will be proposed at first call to the manual.


  - Keybindings now possible for previous/next/top/bottom channel.


  - The spinscale widget now highlights vertical parts of the slider
    section differently to hint that position of cursor above the
    widget matters. When changing values in the lower step section,
    the pointer will be wrapped around the screen so that you could
    continue adjusting the value without interruptions.
  - Canvas rotation and flip information is now visible in the status
    bar (as angle value and flip icon). Clicking on these canvas status
    will respectively raise the "Select Rotation Angle" dialog or
    unflip the canvas.
  - Use abbreviated versions for long layer mode names. In particular,
    replace the "(legacy)" suffixes with "(l)" in the abbreviated
    versions, still showing the unabbreviated names in the full list.


  - Blend tool now features on-canvas gradient editing: adding,
    shifting, removing color stops, shifting midpoints and converting
    them to color stops, assignging colors to color stops, changing
    blending type for midpoints. Additional options: 'Instant mode'
    (active before you start blending) to support the old workflow
    where you can't edit color stops before applying the gradient
    fill, and 'Modify active gradient' which allows changing user-
    writable gradients directly rather than creating copies of them.
    Moreover, custom gradient is now saved and restored across
  - All transform tools: it makes no difference now whether a modifier
    is pressed before of after mouse button press/release.
  - Free Select tool selection can now be committed with double click
    as well (only through Enter key before). This allows smoother
    workflows on some setups, and in particular when no keyboard is
    available (e.g. tablet-like computers).
  - Layer group children now inherit the color tags of the parent by
    default, unless specific color tags are assigned. Inherited color
    tags show in a less saturated color than assigned ones.


  - When copying a generated brush, GIMP now copies its 'Spacing'
  - Rename "Wheel" dynamics labels as "Wheel/Rotation". It turns out
    that Wacom Art Pen and Airbrush pen use the same axis for barrel
    rotation and wheel scrolling respectively. Therefore they already
    work in GIMP. "Unhide" the feature with more obvious labels.

Color management:

  - Use babl to convert between profiles if possible.

Display filters:

  - New 'Clip Warning' display filter to show underexposed and 
    overexposed values. Target values below 0 and above 1.0, hence it
    only works on 16/32 bit per channel float images (such as EXR and
  - Display filters now operate in unbounded sRGB rather than in
    monitor color space.


  - Fix finding raw loaders on Windows/macOS.
  - Screenshot for KDE/Wayland has been implemented (full-screen and
    window screenshots only; rectangular area screenshots need
    implementation on the KDE side).
  - Screenshot can now add a delay between window pick/rectangular
    area selection and the actual shot, but only in platforms
    supporting the feature.

File formats:

  - PSD:
    - Fix mask position when opening/exporting.
    - Fix active layer selection during loading.
    - Fix potential group-layer naming conflict during loading.
    - Fix missing some attributes loading empty layers.
    - Fix reading files with deeply nested layer groups.
    - Load and save layer group expanded state.
    - Improve layer opacity loading/saving.
  - PDF: password-protected files can now be imported.
  - HGT: Digital Elevation Model data from NASA/NIMA can now be loaded,
    both SRTM-1 (1 arc-second) and SRTM-3 (3 arc-seconds).


  - Update GEGL-based filter Wavelet Decompose:
    - Add an option to keep the decomposition in a layer group.
    - Add an option to add layer mask to each scales layers.
    - Do not use 'New from visible' because it produces unexpected
      results; replaced by succession of layer copy and merge down.


  - Add file-pdf-load2 API to load password-protected and/or multi-page
    PDF files.
  - Add file-hgt-load to load HGT files, with aan rgument to select
    between SRTM-1 and SRTM-3 types.


  - Updated: Catalan, Croatian, Galician, German, Greek, Hungarian,
    Icelandic, Indonesian, Italian, Polish, Russian, Spanish.


  - Require LittleCMS >= 2.8.
  - Initial docker-based build environment for GIMP now available.
  - Warn against use of GCC 7.2 which has a bug breaking GIMP.
  - An official flatpak stable package is now available on flathub.


  Mario Blättermann, Hanno Boeck, Joao S O Bueno, Marco Ciampa,
  Fran Dieguez, Piotr Drąg, Tobias Ellinghaus, Ell, Sveinn í Felli,
  gogo, Luis Angel Gonzo, Anders Jonsson, Christian Kirbach,
  Øyvind Kolås, Thomas Manni, Jordi Mas, Balázs Meskó, Lionel N,
  Michael Natterer, Jehan Pagès, Juan Palacios, Alexandre Prokoudine,
  Christopher Rogers, Michael Schumacher, shark0r, Dimitris Spingos,
  Tobias Stoeckmann, Andika Triwidada, Massimo Valentini


  Alexandre Prokoudine, Anders Jonsson, Ask Hjorth Larsen, Balázs
  Meskó, Balázs Úr, Baurzhan Muftakhidinov, Ben Touchette, Benoit
  Touchette, Björn Kautler, Chao-Hsiung Liao, Christian Kirbach,
  Claude Paroz, Cédric Valmary, Daniel Mustieles, Dimitris Spingos
  (Δημήτρης Σπίγγος), Dušan Kazik, GNOME Translation Robot, Gábor
  Kelemen, Göran Uddeborg, Hartmut Kuhse, Jehan, Jiri Grönroos, Jordi
  Mas, Julien Hardelin, Khaled Hosny, Kristjan SCHMIDT, Marco Ciampa,
  Marek Černocký, Mario Blättermann, Martin Srebotnjak, Michael
  Natterer, Michael Schumacher, Miroslav Talasek, Pawan Chitrakar,
  Piotr Drąg, Sebastian Rasmussen, Sveinn í Felli, Tiago Santos,
  Yolanda Álvarez Pérez, draekko, gogo, klausstaedtler, Милош Поповић

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