On Wednesday 18 January 2006 07:44 am, Dave Neary wrote:
> Hi Simon,
> Selon Simon Roberts <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>:
> > Having written some software in the past, I know this is an unfair
> > question, but I'm interested in the color management that's slated for
> > 2.4. Can anyone point me at a time (rough waving damp fingers in the
> > air) estimate for when that might be released?
> gimp-developer is a more appropriate forum for the question (although I
> hope that everyone there is also here). I haven't been involved in GIMP
> development for a while now, so I can't really tell.
> > Alternatively and also, anyone using the 2.3 version (described as
> > unstable) which is available? Is it reasonable to try to use that?
> I would say yes. It's not feature frozen, but it's already quite usable.
> > Does
> > the color management part of it work? And is the CM part likely to
> > remain constant, or is it subject to total rewrite, rendering my
> > learning and calibrations/profiling wasted?
> It's pretty much finished, as far as I know.

I don't know how far along this is in CVS but the last snap shot I looked at, 
2.3.6, still needed significant work to have usable color management 
facilities.  You will definitely notice that there are significant new 
features and what is there is working.   But the following (from memory so 
may not be complete) still needs to be done as of 2.3.6:

1.  There is only limited support for embedded profiles.  Only png files 
worked.  So tiff and jpeg users will have limited functionality.

2. Embedding profiles and doing color space conversions is not supported.  So 
you must use an external application for this such as lcms or ImageMagick

3. It is currently coded to use the default RGB profile as the source profile 
for all images.  I don't know if this the case with pgn files since it will  
"- load and save embedded ICC profiles from/to PNG images".  But this does 
allow users of jpeg and tiff images to use what is there.  You just have to 
manually set the correct source profile for your image in the preferences 
dialog.  This is a little confusing if you don't know what is going on but 
this is apparently for testing during development and this will not be how 
this will work when this is released.

4. There are no facilities to handle CM during the printing process.

I am looking forward to the next snap shot.  Hopefully it will have a more 
complete CM implementation.
> Cheers,
> Dave.
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> Dave Neary
> Lyon, France
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