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GIMP 2.8.14 Released — Here’s How to Install it on Ubuntu

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GIMP is a Free Photoshop Alternative

A new update to the popular open-source Photoshop alternative The GIMP is now available for download.

As the latest entry in the GIMP 2.8.x series — released back in 2012 and notable for introducing the long-sought ‘single window mode’ — version 2.8.14 continues to refine rather than reinvent. As such there are no new user-facing features to be found.

Instead, developers bring a fresh batch of bug fixes to the table aimed at improving the overall stability, security and style of the famous app.

  • Brush sizes from plugins are no longer distorted 
  • ‘More robust’ loading of .XCF files
  • Widget direction now matches interface language (e.g. RTL)
  • Security improvements to the script-fu-server 

Documentation, help and translation updates are also included. For a complete change log of everything fixed between 2.8.10 and 2.8.14, see the GNOME Git notes. 

Install Latest GIMP in Ubuntu

Source for the latest release can be downloaded from the official website or via an official torrent.

On Ubuntu? You can install GIMP 2.8.14 in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and 14.04 LTS by adding the following third-party PPA to Software Sources:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install gimp

After installation has complete you can proceed to open GIMP 2.8.14 from the Unity Dash (or equivalent).