Re: [Gimp-user] Is it possible to run GIMP 2.8.10 and GIMP 2.10.20 simultaneously?

On 15/08/2020 01:39, Techno wrote:
I'm on Windows 10 and have been running GIMP 2.8.10 for some time, but
I'd like to try GIMP 2.10.20.

I'm not really a graphics person. I have a book titled "The Book of
GIMP" that helps me a lot. It covers up to the version I'm using, but
it won't cover anything new in GIMP 2.10.20. I don't want to clobber
the older version because I will be lost without the advice from that

If I can't install it so that I can run both versions simultaneously
could the newer version be installed and then have it so that I can
use one or the other version, but not both at once?

Thanks for any advice on this.

Yes, you can, but... if you have 2.8 and install 2.10, the 2.8 is
removed and the 2.8 profile is transformed into a 2.10 one. So have
bother versions, a technique is to

1. Make a backup of your Gimp 2.8 profile

2. Get hold of both Gimp 2.8 and 2.10 installers (you can also possibly
move your 2.8 installation where the 2.10 installer won't find it)

3. Install Gimp 2.10

4. Reinstall Gimp 2.8 (or restore the previous installation)

5. Reinstate your Gimp 2.8 profile.

Note that when you call Gimp, the first thing the executable does is
look for an already running instance and pass it the file you want to
open. So if you can have the two versions on the same system and start
one or the other when none is running, when there is an instance running
the executables of both versions will always end up calling the running
instance. You can run two separate instances by calling Gimp with the
"-n" parameter.

Recommendation:  create directories in your user space for your add-ons,
and use Preferences>Folders to add them to the configuration of each
version of Gimp. That way you can share the add-ons between both versions.

A completely different way is to use a "portable" build for at least one
of the versions.

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