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Gimp 2.8 To Get Single Window Interface (Updated)

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Open Source graphics programme ‘The Gimp’ will finally switch to a single window interface in time for its next major release, although the current “multi-window” view will be available to enable for those who want it.

Speaking on the Gimp Developers forum, Martin Nordholts said that “…it would make sense to also go for a single-window mode in 2.8 and not 2.10 as originally planned.”


Many people have found frustration in The Gimp’s multi-windowed approach and have wanted an option to enable a single window version.

2.8 will also see many other improvements in The Gimp, including, amongst others, : –

  • Layer Groups (Group layers into folders)
  • Rotating Brushes
  • Brush Dynamics
  • Resource Tagging (tag brushes, fonts, patterns, etc for easy management)
  • On Canvas Editing (Write your text directly on the canvas ” no pop-up Window needed!)
  • New default gradient
  • Quick exporting to JPEG & PNG
  • Grouped layer modes by context
  • Vector Layers
  • Hotkeys

As a self-confessed Photoshop-er, these changes can only bring me closer to be able to switch to The Gimp fully.

GIMP 2.8 is due to be released in December.

lgm2tabsL [mock up of the potential ‘single window’ interface for Gimp.]

~Thanks to madjr on the Ubuntu Forums for the tip-off