GIMP 2.10.12 update: faster painting, support for user-installed fonts, and more
The development team behind the open source graphics editor GIMP released GIMP 2.10.12, a new stable version of the program on June 12, 2019.
The new version is labeled as a bug fix release; it comes after the major GIMP 2.10.10 release of April 2019 that introduced plenty of new features and improvements. The last major version of the image editor, GIMP 2.10, was released in 2018.
As is the case with GIMP releases, it takes a while to publish download links of the new version on the GIMP homepage. The new version is not available yet for download, but the release notes have been published already.
GIMP 2.10.12: What's New
One of the main new features of GIMP 2.10.12 is support for user-installed fonts on Windows 10. Windows 10 users may install fonts without admin permissions and the new GIMP version includes the folder these fonts are placed in when it scans the system for fonts.
The team notes that the functionality has not been fully tested due to a lack of Windows developers. None of the GIMP developers use Windows according to the release notes and the team used the release to invite Windows developers to join the project and take care of the ever-increasing list of bugs on the platform.
GIMP 2.10.12 has more to offer than just that though:
- Faster painting in specific cases (if the paint color/pixmap has not changed, paint buffer is not replaced).
- Curves tool improvements:
- Relative motion when dragging points.
- Snap to curve when holding CTRL.
- Numeric input of Curves tool points.
- Smooth or corner curve-point types added.
- TIFF layer support.
- Dodge/Burn tool incremental mode.
- Free Select tool creates preliminary selection.
- New Offset tool "shifts pixels and optionally wraps them around the edges" to create repeatable patterns.
GIMP 2.10.12 is a bug fix release mostly. It addresses a huge number of issues including color management bugs, crashes, format bugs, localization bugs, and more.
The new version of GIMP is now available for download on the official download page of the project.
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