GIMP 2.10.32 improves usability and includes BigTIFF support.

While the eternal promise of GIMP 3 is coming to an end, those responsible for manipulating images have announced the publication of GIMP 2.10.

The first thing that stands out in GIMP 2.10.32 is the ability to import files using the CMYK (A) color model and support for the BigTIFF format for both import and export. BigTIFF, as its name suggests, is an evolution of TIFF that allows files larger than 4 GB to be used through the use of internal 64-bit offsets. If the export of the image failed due to the fact that its size exceeds the maximum allowed for TIFF, the application will issue a warning and offer to repeat the process in BigTIFF format.

Also new is support for the JPEG XL format, a feature that was ported from GIMP 2.99.8. There is a third-party plug-in for this format from the developers libjxl, which, although it seems to be better than the support introduced in GIMP 2.10. Using built-in support or continuing to use a third-party plugin already depends on the needs and preferences of the user.

Some game engines require DDS images to be vertically flipped. Until now, to work with this in GIMP, you had to flip it with the image manipulator before exporting, which was not very practical. Now, when exporting to DDS, the user will see two options: keep all visible layers and flip them vertically when exporting.

Photoshop PSD files open faster in some situations when too many tags are displayed Xmp.photoshop.DocumentAncestors. Apparently, perhaps due to a bug in some version of Photoshop, there are too many of these tags in some PSD files, in some cases more than 100,000. This situation leads to a significant slowdown in opening with GIMP, so if the PSD file contains more than 1000 tags Xmp.photoshop.DocumentAncestors, the application will continue to delete them.

GIMP 2.10.32

While PSD support is important due to market circumstances, this does not mean that XCF is being ignored, GIMP’s own format for projects, which received various improvements in version 2.10.32 to make it more resistant to invalid files. In some cases, this allows you to recover corrupted data, thereby improving your protection.

The text tool now supports localized glyphs based on the value set in the language setting. This feature is useful for languages ​​such as Serbian and Ukrainian, which use the same Cyrillic alphabet with five regional variants. If you select a font with single letter variants, you can define the internal format through the language settings.

At the usability level, an indicator has been built around the eye icon and link in the layer tree, a new hover effect on menu items that improves readability, and improvements to readability and icons to make them easier to distinguish. On the other hand, the screenshot plugin can now turn on the mouse pointer on Windows, a feature that was and still is on other officially supported systems. Finally, babl 0.1.90 and GEGL 0.4.36 have been added.

In addition to being able to see all the details in the official announcement , those interested in using GIMP 2.10.32 can download the application for GNU/Linux ( Flatpak ), Windows and Mac from the project’s official website . Also, it should be available in rolling release distributions and possibly also in Snap format and RPM repositories of at least Fedora 36 (maybe up to 35) soon .

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