GIMP 2.8.20 released with numerous bug fixes

Mr Wilber of GIMP project has announced release of GIMP 2.8.20, latest bug fix cum maintenance release of popular free/open source image editing tool which was initially started as a GNOME project.

Being a maintenance release in GIMP 2.8.x stable branch, this release does not bring any new features, but only ships several bug fixes to make it more stable. Among the bug fixes, most notable one is fix for weird user interface shown in macOS to set preferred language.

Other changes in GIMP 2.8.20 comparing to 2.8.18 can be summarized as follows:
  • Avoid D-Bus error message when built without D-Bus support
  • fix OS X min required conditional in gimpimagewindow.c
  • Saving to existing and .xcf.gz files didn't truncate them and could lead to unnecessarily large files
  • Text layer created by gimp-text-fontname doesn't respect border when resized
  • avoid seeking when saving XCF files to prevent corruption with file network shares (fixed since 2014, but not mentioned in NEWS yet)
  • Flow on Paint Dynamics editor dialog: the 'y' axis is indicating 'Rate' instead 'Flow'
  • Vertical ruler shows artifacts if the status bar isn't showing
  • Tablet stylus misbehaves when crossing the edge of a dock in multi-window-mode
  • Disable the new "automatic window tabbing" feature introduced on macOS
  • Improve the visiblity of slider handles with dark themes
  • Make it harder to switch to renaming if selecting already selected items in resource lists
  • make toggling to color picker mode of paint tools more robust
  • call gimp_file_entry_set_filename() with filename encoding
Windows Installer:
  • Reduce the memory requirement when running the installer (has already been shipped in a 2.8.18 installer-only update)
  • Ship an updated libcairo to fix GTK+ UI rendering problems, like missing palette border/bevel and shadowa under tab labels
macOS DMG:
  • Ship the Tango icon theme with the DMG for a complete set of icons
  • fix the way mime data is copied into the bundle
  • no longer copy Pango modules into the bundle
  • prevent a crash caused by drag&drop on OSX by patching the included 
  • ship a patch for gettext to make sure the preferred UI language will be used
  • Prevent the Python console from closing by the Escape key
  • Help browser does not launch on OS X
  • Filter 'Edge Detect/Difference of Gaussians' returns empty image
  • only use -xobjective-c for compile commands
  • fix calls to write_file() routine to write to current directory
  • When printing, the images are composed onto a white background to prevent printing a black box instead of a transaprent image
  • Fix color visison deficiency display filters to apply gamma correction directly
For further details, see release announcement published in GIMP blog. You may also checkout complete change log.

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