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How To Install GIMP 2.7.4 Development Release On Ubuntu 11.10

Here is a guide to install GIMP 2.7.4, this is a development release and potentially is the last testing version of GIMP before the upcoming 2.8 release. You can install GIMP 2.7.4 using the matthaeus 123 PPA for GIMP.

To add the PPA and install GIMP 2.7.4 open a terminal window (press Ctrl+Alt+T) and copy+paste the following lines:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:matthaeus123/mrw-gimp-svn
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gimp

When installed close the terminal window and to start GIMP press Alt+F2 and type: gimp

Changes in GIMP 2.7.4:


– Add a close button to image tabs in single-window mode
– Improve the transform tools’ undo strings to be more descriptive
– Render the layer’s “eye” icon in inconsistent state if the layer is
visible, but one of its parents isn’t
– Add proper stacking for canvas items, so things don’t hide each other
– Make sure single-window-mode and multi-window-mode are always saved
consistently in sessionrc


– Fix “render_image_tile_fault: assertion `tile[ 4 ] != NULL’ failed”
warnings that occurred for some image sizes
– Fix attachment of the floating selection when the gegl projection
is enabled
– Replace heal algorithm with a new one by Jean-Yves Couleaud that
works much better
– Make resource sub-folders show up in UI as tags, allowing users
to easily locate resource collections they may have installed
– Fix graphics tablet canvas interaction by moving from
gdk_pointer_grab() to gtk_grab_add() for most grabs
– Stop using motion hints, they are a concept from the dark ages


– Add a basic paint dynamics PDB interface


– Make writing color space information to BMP files optional
– PSD loader now reads and imports working paths


– Lots and lots of undeprecations

Developer documentation:

– Add devel-docs/gegl-porting-plan.txt

Source and build system:

– Make git-version.h generation work in shallow git clones
– Modernize use of autotools a bit, maintainer-mode and pdbgen
are now enabled by default


– Make gimptool install scripts in the correct system-wide directory
– Fix lots and lots of stuff found by static code analysis


GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.

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