Episode 181: 2.8, 2.9 and Counting!

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A week of news: GIMP 2.8 is out, we have again a modern stable version of GIMP. Gratulation to the developers, this was good and hard work. But instead of relaxing a bit they threw at the same moment Version 2.9 into the world. High bit depth, not only the 16 bits everybody wanted, 32 bits integer and floating point modes are suddenly available. But be aware, this is a field of bugs and crashes, don’t expect any productive results yet.

In a first look at 2.8 I show the shiny new brushes, explain how to use the new sliders and the tagging system for brushes, gradients and patterns. For the lazy I add a bit of calculations in input fields.

Then nachbarnebenan takes you for a tour through 2.9, presenting the lossless operation of the layer stack and other stuff. But again, this is not for the faint at heart. If you want to compile 2.9 on Debian, here is a How To in our Wiki. (The link address says still 2.7, but it is 2.9….)


00:20 News about 2.8 and 2.9
04:40 Starting GIMP 2.8.0
05:00 Single Window Mode
05:25 A new brush set – brush controls
07:10 The new slider controls
08:10 Ressource tagging for brushes, gradients and patterns
10:45 Calculations in input fields
11:45 Goat Invasion! Outlook to 2.9 (nachbarnebenan)
11:50 A layer stack in 2.8 – 8 Bit depth
14:50 The same in 2.9 – 32? Bit Floating Point
18:20 Soft Light and Overlay – the Bug is gone!
19:20 Not all is using GEGL yet
22:30 Final words from Rolf

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24 thoughts on “Episode 181: 2.8, 2.9 and Counting!

  1. Unable to download.
    Error message-
    Failed to connect to web-server/proxy-server for bypass transaction (Error 504)

      • Tried several times yesterday with the same result and again today. Tried save as from the link and get a 281 byte file, also tried a different box with the same result.

        I have also tried to d/l previous episodes which I had d/l successfully when they came out and now get the error with them as well.

        In case it was a chrome issue I also tried with firefox which gives the same error when trying to connect to apis.google.com during the d/l.

        Other d/l from other sites work ok, though I have not tried mp4 d/l. Only thing left is perhaps Ubuntu upgrade to 11.4 has broken something again.

      • When I download the episode I get a file of 4.327 bytes. I used both IE and Chrome with the same result.

  2. Downloading worked well at my home connection, so the problem is my work internet connection.

    • I suspect there is something strange happening on the Polish server (IP You will have gotten the file from France (IP at home.

      I am crying for help to Marcin. 😉

      A workaround is to fix the IP for the France server in the hosts file.
      Add the lines:
      # French server for Meet the GIMP dl.meetthegimp.org

      You can find the location for that file here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hosts_%28file%29#Location_in_the_file_system

      Also nice to know when your name server is stopping to resolve some web sites out opf political or commercial reasons….

  3. Correct, a ping confurmed that:

    Pingen naar dl.meetthegimp.org [] met 32 bytes aan gegevens:
    Antwoord van bytes=32 tijd=16 ms TTL=58
    Antwoord van bytes=32 tijd=17 ms TTL=58
    Antwoord van bytes=32 tijd=16 ms TTL=58
    Antwoord van bytes=32 tijd=18 ms TTL=58

    Ping-statistieken voor
    Pakketten: verzonden = 4, ontvangen = 4, verloren = 0
    (0% verlies).

    De gemiddelde tijd voor het uitvoeren van één bewerking in milliseconden:
    Minimum = 16ms, Maximum = 18ms, Gemiddelde = 16ms

  4. Thank you for the help, d/l does work ok now. Perhaps I was quick to blame ubuntu but they are so often to blame for breaking things with updates. I also hate having big brother decide what I can see online, I did not realise that Rolf was so subversive.

    • The governments here in Germany don’t have a spotless track record of keeping human rights. And living in Berlin keeps this in mind. I am about 2km away from the Stasi headquarters and not more than 5km from the Reichssicherheitshauptamt of the Gestapo of Heinrich Himmler.

      And I doubt that other governments are much better…. 😉

  5. wondering the printing tool is not good. I want to have a special format, but Gimp is printing what it want to print, another format?!

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  7. Is there a way to watch these videos without having to download them? (E.g. Are any of them on YouTube, or Vimeo, or something like that?)

    Thanks. 🙂

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