GIMP 2.10.4 released with async font loading and other improvements

Mr Alexandre Prokoudine, on behalf of GIMP project has announced the release of GIMP 2.10.4, second stable update in GIMP 2.10.x series. This release brings bug fixes and feature enhancements like asynchronous font loading and simple horizon straightening.

Earlier, it was quite tedious to straighten the tilted images in GIMP. The GIMP 2.10.4 brings an easy way to this task. With this, we just need to mark the angle of inclination and click on the Straighten button. This will automatically straighten the image.

Image straightening feature in GIMP 2.10.4
Another improvement with GIMP 2.10.4 is the asynchronous loading fonts. Earlier, the startup time was suffered in Windows and macOS due to loading of all fonts at the beginning. GIMP 2.10.4 introduces asynchronous loading of fonts. GIMP now performs the loading of fonts in a parallel process, which dramatically improves startup time. The caveat is that in case you need to immediately use the Text tool, you might have to wait till all fonts complete loading.

Other updates in GIMP 2.10.4 includes:
  • Michael Natterer introduced some internal changes to make fonts taggable. The user interface is the same as for brushes, patterns, and gradients.
  • Ell added several new features to the Dashboard dockable dialog that helps debugging GIMP and GEGL or, for end-users, finetune the use of cache and swap.
  • While we cannot yet support PSD features such as adjustment layers, there is one thing we can do for users who just need a file to render correctly in GIMP. Thanks to Ell, GIMP now can load a “merged”, pre-composited version of the image, that becomes available when a PSD file was saved with “Maximize Compatibility” option enabled in Photoshop.
  • GIMP 2.10.x for macOS builds are available now
You can read the complete list of changes in GIMP 2.10.4 in official release announcement.

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