We are pleased to announce the availability of a new development
version that brings us closer to GIMP 2.8. This version features
a lot of UI updates and improvements.

The most visible changes in 2.7.3 are the fully working single-window
mode, including working session management, and the introduction of a
new hybrid spinbutton/scale widget which takes less space in dockable

For a complete list of changes since 2.7.2 please see the "Changes"
section below. Also see the release notes of the 2.7 series at

Please note that the whole 2.7.x series of versions is considered
unstable and is not recommended for use in production even though it
might just work for you. Our intention is to make development versions
available for passionate users who can provide useful feedback to help
us fix bugs and streamline implementation of some of the new
features. The upcoming v2.8 also introduces a huge amount of API
deprecations and additions that have the potential to break existing
3rd party scripts and plug-ins. Please file bugs for all plug-ins and
scripts that do work in v2.6, but don't work in 2.7.3. A migration
guide for developers will be provided when v2.8 is out.

There is still work left to do on v2.8. Please refer to
http://tasktaste.com/projects/Enselic/gimp-2-8 to find out what the
current estimation of v2.8 release is, and what bugs you can help us
fixing to make the new stable version happen sooner.

Happy GIMPing,


  GIMP 2.7.3 is available from:


  and from the mirrors listed at:


  The checksum of the tarball is:

  851b55dc4af966e62ef5c8b679bcc623  gimp-2.7.3.tar.bz2

Changes in GIMP 2.7.3


 - Use GimpSpinScales instead of scale entries in all dockable widgets
 - Allow the spin scale to control a range larger than its scale's range
 - Implement RTL mode in GimpSpinScale
 - Add lots of tooltips to tool options
 - Allow to drop more things to the empty image window, and simply
   create new images from them
 - Cage tool: allow to add handle to the cage when clicking on an edge
 - Cage tool: allow to remove selected handles from the cage by hitting
 - Remember column widths in multi-column dock windows
 - Support starting GIMP in single-window mode
 - When the brush is shared among paint tools, also share all
   brush-modifying paint options
 - Use ALT+number and ALT+Tab shortcuts to navigate between images
   in both single- and multi-window mode
 - Make 'Export to' always activatable and fall back to 'Export...' if
   no export target has been set yet
 - In single-window mode, add new dockable dialogs to the image window
   instead of in a new window
 - When switching on single-window mode, put docks in the image window
   depending on what side of the window they originally had
 - When switching off single-window mode, distribute dock windows
 - Add a canvas item for the transform grid, fixing a major speed
   regression, and add the same guides options as in the rectangle tools
 - Don't unmaximize the single-window mode image window when closing
 - Resurrect the "You can drop dockable dialogs here" help string
   below the toolbox
 - Make pick-and-move with the Move Tool work for layers in a layer


 - Add GimpMotionBuffer which abstracts away stroke smoothing behind
   a simple API and takes it out of GimpDisplayShell
 - Add a GimpIdTable utility class
 - Add a GimpDockContainer interface
 - Add a GimpSessionManaged interface
 - Add GimpCanvasRectangleGuides which makes the rectangle tool's
   guides draw properly


 - Make libgimp depend on GdkPixbuf
 - Add API to create layers from cairo surfaces
 - Make it impossible to include individual files from any GIMP
   library. This was always forbidden and designed so it most
   probably breaks, but now it reliably breaks using #error
 - Deprecate the "set_sensitive" logic and use g_object_bind_property()


 - Use poppler's cairo API to load PDFs, the pixbuf API is removed
 - Port screenshot from GdkPixbuf to cairo
 - Fix the annoying parser build warnings in imagemap
 - Add a check-for-deprecated-procedures-in-script-fu make target
 - Update libpng code to not use deprecated API (file-mng and file-png)
 - Add an Item class to pygimp
 - Correct/update some labels and defaults in the JPEG plug-in's save
dialog UI
 - Fix "Bug 596410 - gimp-image-get-filename returns NULL for imported

Developer documentation:

 - Many updates

Source and build system:

 - Make cairo a global dependency, starting at libgimpcolor
 - Require poppler >= 0.12.4
 - Remove gimp-remote for good, it has been disabled for years


 - Some more undeprecations now that we use GTK+ 2.24
 - Fix lots of warnings that are new in -Wall in GCC 4.6
 - Lots of bug fixes and cleanup
 - Lots of translation updates


  Alexander Hämmerle, Alexandre Prokoudine, Alexia Death,
  Dave Lichterman, Eric Grivel, Jon Nordby, João S. O. Bueno,
  Kevin Cozens, Martin Nordholts, Massimo Valentini, Michael Muré,
  Michael Natterer, Michael Schumacher, Mikael Magnusson, Mukund
  Sivaraman, Nelson A. de Oliveira, Nils Philippsen, Sven Neumann,
  Yoshinori Yamakawa, Massimo Valentini, Øyvind Kolås.


  Albert, Alexandre Prokoudine, Bruno Gurgel, Carles Ferrando,
  Christian Kirbach, Daniel Mustieles, Dimitris Spingos, Evgenia
  Petoumenou, Jennie Petoumenou, João S. O. Bueno, Kjartan Maraas,
  Kolbjørn Stuestøl, Kristjan SCHMIDT, Marco Ciampa, Martin Srebotnjak,
  Michael Muré, Michael Natterer, Rudolfs Mazurs, YunQiang Su, 神州散人.

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