GIMP 2.4Gimp 2.4 is on the verge of being released. Right now it is in the release candidate stage with all the new features being complete and the API is frozen. All that’s left is a few bugs and some minor changes and we’ll be seeing a whole new GIMP!

GIMP was in dire need of a makeover, and so is their current website. Don’t worry, there is a new site ready for the launch of GIMP 2.4! The release notes for version 2.4 is still being worked on, but here is an overview I put together of what’s new in the upcoming version:

  • Refreshed look with new default icons (pictured above). I must say that it looks a heck of a lot better!
  • Scalable brushes let you dynamically change the size of the brush.
  • Advanced selection tools let you select items even more precisely. You can now select using a rounded-corner rectangle and even have it be antialiased.
  • Improved color picker lets you choose colors from anywhere on your screen, and not just in the picture your viewing.
  • Fullscreen editing lets GIMP utilize the full size of your monitor.
  • Improved cropping tool makes cropping an image more natural.
  • Layer alignment tool makes it easier to specify the position of your layers.
  • Startup speed and applying filters is much faster.
  • and many more bug fixes and few other features!

Below is a screenshot of the new GIMP running on Vista, and in the left-most window you will see the new selection tools:

GIMP 2.4 Preview
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If you’re wanting to try out GIMP 2.4 RC1 you’ll need to compile the source code. Windows users can always download GIMP 2.3.19 if they want to get a taste of what it’s like, and this was the last preview version released before the number was rolled over to 2.4. As seen in the release notes there were only a few bug fixes in 2.3.19 before they jumped to 2.4, so you won’t be missing too much.