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GIMP announced the 2.10.28 release of the popular image editor. The release includes mainly bug-fixes and stability improvements.

The source tarball of version 2.10.26 is available to download 2 weeks ago. Due to a build bug, the project team skipped it and announced GIMP 2.10.28 as the latest stable release with fixes.

Changes in GIMP 2.10.28:

For Windows users, the new GIMP released fixed some long standing issues, including:

  • Fixed very slow file dialogs that happen on slow or unavailable network devices, removable devices connection, or even fake floppy drives.
  • Fixed crash when opening files in specific third-party software.
  • GTK outputting the wrong character on some keyboard input using Input Engines.
  • TIFF exporting locks the TIFF files due to bug of Windows thumbnailer.
  • GIMP prevent some apps to open, when they need to watch some specific directory.
  • Apps with invisible windows, e.g., e.g. gesture shortcuts, screen capture, used to interfere and break some mouse interactions.

For macOS Big Sur, GIMP applied performance improvements to the packages since version 2.10.22 as experiments. Now the code has been moved to the main codebase.

The release also features GEGL 0.4.32, which introduced new edge_handling parameter allows to choose whether areas outside the input to be treated as above or below threshold for calculating distance. And the test system gets some nice improvements.

Other changes in GIMP 2.10.28 include:

  • The Dashboard dockable now has memory support in OpenBSD.
  • Fixes to plugins, including C-source, DICOM, GIF, PS, Sunras, BMP, DDS, PSD, TIFF, Gimpressionist, metadata viewer and several script-fu scripts.
  • A new Script-Fu function (dir-make) enables to create directories from scripts.
  • Fixed some accessibility issues in themes.

How to Install GIMP 2.10.28 in Ubuntu:

1. GIMP Flatpak:

The project team recommends the flatpak package, the universal Linux package format runs in sandbox. The package is available at flathub.org. Users need to follow the setup guide and install the flatpak via the command in the bottom of the link page.

2. GIMP Snap:

The image editor is also available as Snap, another universal package format developed by Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu.

The snap version is so far GIMP 2.10.24. It however will automatically update to the latest (once published) after installed it. And the snap is available in Ubuntu Software:

3. Ubuntu PPA

For those stick to the classic .deb package, GIMP 2.10.28 is available to install via this unofficial PPA in Ubuntu 20.04, Ubuntu 21.04, and Ubuntu 21.10.

1.) Firstly, either search for and open terminal from the Activities overview screen, or press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard. When terminal opens, run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/gimp

Type user password (no visual feedback) when it asks and hit Enter to continue.

2.) Next, install GIMP 2.10.28 either by running apt command in terminal:

sudo apt install gimp gegl

or upgrade the editor using Software Updater (Update Manager):

Remove PPA and restore GIMP:

For any issue, you can purge the Ubuntu PPA which will downgrade the installed packages to the stock versions. To do so, firstly install the ppa-purge utility:

sudo apt install ppa-purge

Next run command to purge the Ubuntu PPA:

sudo ppa-purge ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/gimp

Photoflare, simple but powerful image editor inspired by PhotoFiltre, released version 1.6.7 with translation updates and paint tool improvements.

Photoflare is an open-source cross-platform image editor written in C++ with Qt5 framework. It has a PhotoFiltre style user interface, and features basic image editing capabilities, paint brushes, image filters, colour adjustments and more advanced features such as Batch image processing.

The new 1.6.7 was released with new translations: Indonesian and Spanish. And it removed incorrect image extension check, instead it now shows the actual file type in the Image Properties dialog.

And the new version added offsets to the Paint Bucket tool and the Color picker tool. Previously, they select from the center of the cursor location.

Color Picker Before 1.6.7

Color Picker after

How to Install Photoflare in Ubuntu:

The official Ubuntu PPA has made the latest packages for Ubuntu 20.04, Ubuntu 20.10, and Linux Mint 19.x / 20.

1.) To add the PPA, open terminal from system application launcher and run command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:photoflare/photoflare-stable

2.) After adding PPA, update system package cache and install the image editor via commands:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install photoflare

Uninstall Photoflare:

To remove Photoflare image editor, either use your system package manager or run command in terminal:

sudo apt remove photoflare

And remove the PPA either via Software & Updates under Other Software tab, or by running command:

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:photoflare/photoflare-stable

Photoflare, a free open-source image editor inspired by PhotoFiltre, released version 1.6.6 a day ago with stability improvements and bug-fixes.

Changes in Photoflare 1.6.6 include:

  • Fixed warning dialog showing on uppercase image formats.
  • Fixed selecting Batch filters with no filter selected causes a crash.
  • Fixed Eraser Tool setting should not be called Radius.
  • Fixed Eraser Tool not making use of your secondary color.
  • Fixed issue with semi opaque images and filters.
  • Fixed crash if restarting the app via Preferences dialog and files are still open.
  • Fixed Undo history not being cleared after closing a file.
  • Fixed SprayCan Tool allowing 1 pixel as radius value.
  • Fixed Smudge Tool allowing 1 pixel as radius value.
  • Fixed file preview limits too small on NewDialog.
  • Fixed text size of zero being allowed in the TextDialog.
  • Fixed crash when using color threshold filter on smaller images.
  • Fixed crash when closing the TransparentDialog.
  • Russian comment and Generic name added to Desktop file.
  • Fixed loading of local translation files.
  • Fixed flood fill not working with transparent image formats.
  • Full Russian translation.

How to Install Photoflare in Ubuntu:

The software has a stable PPA which so far contains the latest packages for Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 20.04, Ubuntu 20.10, and Linux Mint 19.x / 20.

1.) To add the PPA, open terminal from system application launcher and run command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:photoflare/photoflare-stable

2.) After adding PPA, update system package cache and install the image editor via commands:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install photoflare

Uninstall Photoflare:

To remove Photoflare image editor, either use your system package manager or run command in terminal:

sudo apt remove photoflare

And remove the PPA either via Software & Updates under Other Software tab, or by running command:

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:photoflare/photoflare-stable

Photoflare is an open-source simple and powerful image editing software inspired by PhotoFiltre.

Photoflare is written in C++ with Qt5 framework. It works on Linux, Windows, and Mac OS, and features basic image editing capabilities, paint brushes, image filters, colour adjustments and more advanced features such as Batch image processing.

Besides the community version, the software also offers studio edition requires to pay for packages.

How to Install Photoflare in Ubuntu:

The software has a stable PPA which so far contains the latest packages for Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 20.04, and Linux Mint 19.x / 20.

1.) To add the PPA, open terminal from system application launcher and run command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:photoflare/photoflare-stable

2.) After adding PPA, update system package cache and install the image editor via commands:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install photoflare

Uninstall Photoflare:

To remove Photoflare image editor, either use your system package manager or run command in terminal:

sudo apt remove photoflare

And remove the PPA either via Software & Updates under Other Software tab, or by running command:

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:photoflare/photoflare-stable

GIMP, the popular cross-platform image editor, reached 2.10.6 release a day ago with new features, optimizations, and bug-fixes.

GIMP 2.10.6 release highlights:

  • Add support for vertical text (top-to-bottom writing)
  • New filter: Little Planet to create “little planets” from 360×180° equirectangular panorama images.
  • New filter: Long Shadow simplifies creating long shadows in several visual styles.
  • Add vertical straightening support in the Measure tool
  • Rendering most drawable previews asynchronously.
  • Option to disable rendering layer group previews completely (Preferences > Interface > respective checkbox).
  • For more details, see the release note.

GIMP 2.10 Splash

How to Install GIMP 2.10.6 in Ubuntu:

The otto06217’s PPA contains the most recent packages for Ubuntu 18.04 and higher, as usual GIMP 2.10.6 will be available a few days later.

1. Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T keyboard shortcuts, or by searching for ‘Terminal’ from app launcher. When it opens, run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp

Type your password (no visual feedback) when it prompts and hit Enter to continue.

2. After added the PPA, you can upgrade to GIMP 2.10.6 once it’s published via Software Updater (Update Manager):

Or run following commands one by one in terminal to install or upgrade GIMP image editor:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install gimp

How to Restore:

For any reason, you can downgrade to the stock version of GIMP by running following command in terminal to purge the PPA:

sudo apt-get install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp

Install GIMP 2.10.6 flatpak in Ubuntu 16.04 & Higher

For Ubuntu 16.04 and higher, the latest GIMP is also available as flatpak (runs in sandbox) package.

1. Run commands to install Flatpak framework in Ubuntu 16.04 via PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:alexlarsson/flatpak

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install flatpak

Ubuntu 18.04 and higher can skip the first 2 commands since flatpak is available in the universe repository.

2. Install GIMP flatpak application via command:

flatpak install https://flathub.org/repo/appstream/org.gimp.GIMP.flatpakref

Once installed, it will be made available exactly the same way as other applications.

3. (optional) To remove the GIMP flatpak, run command:

flatpak uninstall org.gimp.GIMP