The GIMP 2.8.2 for Mac OS X update has a lot of promise. It brings the single window option from a previous update that many people (including me) had been waiting for combined with the first native (no X11 needed) release.
Unfortunately, running it on a late 2010 MacBook Air running Mountain Lion was an exercise in frustration. Before describing some of the problems I ran into after just a few minutes of use, I should note that Mountain Lion does not allow non Mac App Store apps to be installed by default. However, there is a setting available to change this (see screenshot above).
So, what did I run into?
- GIMP loads very slowly compared to Pixelmater and some other image editors.
Dragging an image file from the desktop to GIMP resulted in GIMP crashing without any warning or error message. It just dumped out.
- Subsequent attempts to drag and drop image files on to GIMP was simply not allowed.
- The color space conversion dialog box was under the main window (in single window mode) and unseen when opening a file.
- Pressing Save results in saving a file to GIMP’s unique native format instead of the original image type (JPG or PNG in my tests).
- Exporting a file to JPG or PNG produced a dialog box under the window that is not visible.
- GIMP frequently crashed. Sometimes with an error message but often without any warning or error.
The GIMP 2.8.2 for OS X is so unstable that I couldn’t even use it to resize the four screenshots for this blog entry.
Mac using GIMP fans should wait for a future bug fix release before trying this software.
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