The GIMP team has finally released an official DMG installer and GIMP.app that you can just drag into your Applications folder and start editing. X11 is finally no longer required!
As if it didn’t even matter that millions of users around the globe had been waiting for years to see the X11 dependency gone, the Gimp team bluntly states, “The GIMP team provides an official DMG installer. Just open the downloaded DMG and drag "GIMP.app" into your "Applications" folder.”
No party hats? No fire crackers?
On the news page, the team further states, “We've just released GIMP 2.8.2, the first update to the new stable version of GIMP. The update brings several dozens of fixes to various issues of all scales.”
How about, “X11, that atrocious, resource-sucking, dock-space-wasting program that GIMP so-badly needed to display its windows on a Mac, is no longer required!!!
My point, of course, is they should have made it a tad clearer, just for the sake of its importance. This thing should be right up there with the adventures of the Mars Curiosity rover.
Not that we don’t appreciate their hard work. We do.
The team only hints at the X11 departure by noting that, “Additionally we did a lot of work to make a native build of GIMP for Mac a possibility. The official GIMP.app will be available soon,” reads the announcement.
While it’s still a mystery as to why X11 isn’t even mentioned, you can now finally download the native Mac version of Gimp and run it like any other Mac app.
The release notes detail numerous fixes, including some interface tweaks that avid users might be interested in.
As expected, the changelog also reveals that there’s a new infrastructure set in place “to build GIMP.app on OSX.”
Jokes aside, thank you GIMP team. Really. Thank! You! Download GIMP.app for OS X (Free)