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October 17, 2006

The GIMP’s next-generation imaging core demonstrated

Filed under: Software — rakeshvk @ 6:01 pm

GIMP developer Øyvind Kolås gave a public demonstration of the Generic Graphical Library (GEGL) on Friday at the Piksel 06 festival in Bergen, Norway. GEGL has long been slated to replace the core image processing framework of the GIMP, bringing with it entirely new data models and operations — but development had languished to the point where many critics had written the project off entirely.

GEGL was first proposed in 1999, but the GIMP’s existing code base has remained in place over several revision cycles since then. As recently as summer 2005, GEGL appeared for all practical purposes dead in the water. Then Kolås took a determined interest in resurrecting the project, and over the next few months he, Sven Neumann, and Michael Natterer studied the code base and got it into working shape again. Kolås presented their work at the 2006 Libre Graphics Meeting in March. >>>>

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