I've just compiled GIMP 2.5.x branch I thought I'd share with you some of the new features already implemented.
One of the main issues people talk about with GIMP is the default layout and window management, tool and layer palettes have their own window, well not any more. GIMP 2.5.x already has the option to put everything into one window, a real deal maker for most who are used to applications like it (Photoshop ect..)
The toolbox now has a nice GIMP image behind it instead of a menu bar for options, it's much cleaner.
2.5.x window setup
Some of the features I miss or you my know in Photoshop is a ability to add layer effects like dropshadows, glows and bevels onto the layer and adjust them in real time. GIMP 2.5.x now has this sort of options, there is nothing worse then having to guess at adding a shadow and then having to adjust it on it's own layer, thankfully 2.5.x does this like layer effects now which is much easier to manage.
It's rather slow at the moment but I'm sure speed will pickup in later development. These two features alone should get more attention for GIMP as a Photoshop alternative and are much needed.
GEGL at work
You better get ready for GIMP 2.6, it's going to be a real awesome release. :guitar:
I wanted it bad, but it needs two new libraries: babl and gegl. Babl compiled like a charm,but i couldnt get gegl (error at make..) ,probably because my version of glib2 is too old (it needs a newer glib2! and probably gtk, if we have them at the repo,it will be possible to get gimp 2.5)..
babl and gegl at slacky.it are too old,and dont work,tried them too. Aint it a shame when ubuntu users can put their hands into the honey pot,while slack derivatives have to wait once again..
according to its bugzilla,its useable (no critical bugs,not many bugs,only things to change)