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June 17, 2016

It's been a while since we've posted a GIMP build. A lot of other stuff that's been happening has been preventing us from updating the site. Well, no more. Here is another update to the standard GIMP builds for Windows and McGimp for OSX. A lot of work has been put into GIMP; new releases of BABL and GEGL were made and libmypaint is already at 1.3 beta. We have a new and improved version of PhotoFlow as the default RAW editor. There is a tremendous amount of work going on with PhotoFlow and soon it will be an editor (much like Lightroom) in its own right. You can use layers within the editor before exporting the image to GIMP. Click "OK" and the processed image will be opened in GIMP. Please be patient as the image has to be developed before being passed on to GIMP. The image passed to GIMP will be a 32-bit floating point image.

Please note that PhotoFlow is being developed because Andrea is interested in image editing algorithms and believes in open source software. If you find his work interesting or even useful, please consider donating and/or buying him a cup of coffee (via PayPal) on his website.

GIMP 2.9.3 Windows 64-bit with PhotFlow

If you have been following the recent news from Google, then you know that the wonderful Nik Collection of plugins and standalone applications has been made available to the general public free of charge. So, be sure to download them and install them at the default location. You can then take advantage of these plugins in your own images.

GIMP 2.9.3 Windows 64-bit with the Nik Collection

Here are other screenshots running Viveza with GIMP.

GIMP 2.9.3 Windows 64-bit with the Viveza
GIMP 2.9.3 Windows 64-bit with the Viveza

G'MIC has also been updated to the latest git pull. As usual, David has been working hard to keep it as up to date as possible. Don't forget to update the collection of filters to get the latest and greatest. Just hit the "internet" button. As a sign of appreciation, please don't forget to reward the developers. At the very least, please send him a postcard from your location.

GIMP 2.9.3 Windows 64-bit with GMIC

David has also added another filter whereby you can customize a color lookup table (CLUT) directly from an image. It includes a 3D viewer of the generated CLUT. You can read up more about CLUTs here.

GIMP 2.9.3 Windows 64-bit with GMIC CLUT

Important: Uninstall previous builds from the target installation location. Installation has been streamlined as much as possible.

Download and double-click on the installer and follow the instructions on your screen. Your computer may ask you to provide your administrative password. This is normal while installing software on the target computer. The software will be installed in "Program Files" if you select the default settings. Also, it will create necessary files and $PROGRAMDATA folders.

The portable versions do not require any particular installation instructions. Simply double-click on the executable and unzip it to your desired location. The portable versions are self-contained and do not interact with your system or any existing GIMP installations.

File Association

Remove all references to GIMP from the registry and then use Windows to associate this version with your desired image formats.

Mac OS

These versions are compatible with Lion and above. Simply unzip the version you prefer and drag it to you Application Folder.

About Virus Alerts

My builds are based on source code from the respective developers. Some modifications are made to make the code compatible with Windows. These builds are compiled using GCC 5.3.0 available from the great folks at MinGW. I have received reports that some virus checkers are triggered by my builds. There is not much that can be done with these reports. They are false positives that you will have to take up with your virus checker software company. Please read this interesting article on how frustrating these reports can be.


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