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Are you curious, like me, about the new Single Window Mode (most excellent; see this article at Ars for more details) available in the newest unstable 2.7.x GIMP releases? Well, sadly, the final and stable GIMP 2.8 release won't come out before the end of this year, and there are still no experimental 2.7.x binary releases available for Mac OS X (via X11). One could always try to compile everything from source, but that might be quite complicated and time-consuming.

So, let's look at another, definitely easier way of running GIMP 2.7.x on Mac OS X: not (semi) natively through X11, but through virtualization. First of all, we need a virtual machine with the latest Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic), or even 10.04 (Lucid, in Alpha at this time) installed: you can create a 32- or 64-bit Ubuntu VM in VMware Fusion, Parallels Desktop or Sun VirtualBox (which is free). On the Mac OS X integration front, Fusion currently offers the best tools for Linux VMs (including an integrated Unix/OS X windows mode (Unity) that really works).

After having set up the Ubuntu VM (also with the latest updates, etc.), we can begin with the essence of this hint.

Within the VM, we just need to set up the Launchpad PPA (Personal Package Archive) software repository for the unstable Ubuntu GIMP releases; run this command in a terminal window:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:matthaeus123/mrw-gimp-svn
Then, if the standard GIMP is already installed, simply update and dist-upgrade:
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
Or, if GIMP isn't installed (as in 10.04), simply install it:
sudo apt-get install gimp
Currently, the downloaded version seems to be 2.7.1.

Finally, after having launched GIMP in the Ubuntu VM, you can activate Single Window Mode from the Windows menu. If you then use Fusion's Unity view, it will look almost like the X11 version, except there aren't any Aqua-like themes available. (The new Ubuntu 10.04 Ambiance and Radiance themes -- also available for previous versions -- are great, anyway.)

[robg adds: I haven't tested this one.]
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Experiment with GIMP's new single window mode
Authored by: Anchang on Mar 10, '10 08:05:56AM

It's not necessary to run dist-upgrade to make it work. If you this command, you will upgrade your ubuntu to 10.4, so watch out!



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Experiment with GIMP's new single window mode
Authored by: Sven G on Mar 10, '10 12:30:07PM

A dist-upgrade is necessary if you run 10.04 Alpha (as I did for this hint): a simple upgrade would leave the GIMP at its previous version, if already installed as stable (2.6.8). In Ubuntu 9.10, an upgrade should be enough (but I haven't tried that): 10.04 isn't out yet, so making a distribution upgrade currently should leave the main system at 9.10 (at least, if you haven't edited your Ubuntu distribution sources) - or not?

... An update: actually, the version of the currently installed unstable GIMP is 2.7.3-2010022601, even if it says 2.7.1 in the Info window.



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Experiment with GIMP's new single window mode
Authored by: shrek on Mar 10, '10 03:15:52PM

dist-upgrade will not upgrade to 10.04.
To upgrade to a new release, you need to update your apt-get sources file.

dist-upgrade will only update packages that contain several different sub-packages say package groups. (not sure what the correct verbiage is for this)



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Experiment with GIMP's new single window mode
Authored by: Anchang on Mar 10, '10 04:01:40PM

ok. The thing is, you don't need to make that command in ubuntu 9.04 and save a lot of downloading just making sudo apt-get install gimp after putting the ppa repo. It worked for me.



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Experiment with GIMP's new single window mode
Authored by: dronkert on Mar 10, '10 08:44:16AM

Good tip.

On a side note: "just" and "simply", two of the most overused words in Mac land.



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Experiment with GIMP's new single window mode
Authored by: Stormchild on Mar 10, '10 01:03:19PM

Alas, at the end of all this, GIMP still sucks.



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Experiment with GIMP's new single window mode
Authored by: ChaChi on Mar 11, '10 11:12:45AM

Yeah, anything for free sure is horrible! Why don't the developers just shoot themselves for even trying to offer a product to the public for free!! I'd much rather use buggy software offered up by big companies like Adobe so I can shell out every last hard earned penny I have! Even though I don't personally need all the features Photoshop has and the Gimp has all the features I do need ...LOL!

All joking aside, I've seen the Gimp come a LONG way since I first started using it!!! It really does do everything I need an image editing program to do. I'm extremely happy for all the hard work and FREE time developers have offered of themselves to make the Gimp a product I use daily!!! Thankfully there are still a few human beings out there developing software for other reasons than worshipping the all mighty dollar!!!



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Experiment with GIMP's new single window mode
Authored by: jralls on Mar 10, '10 09:04:23PM

Why not build it completely native (with Quartz)? You can use MacPorts (add +quartz and +no-x11 to variants.conf) or Gtk-OSX. The GIMP developers make good use of both Gtk's quartz backend and the Mac integration toolkit provided by Gtk-OSX.



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Experiment with GIMP's new single window mode
Authored by: Sven G on Mar 10, '10 11:03:52PM

But this doesn't seem to be easy at all, at least after reading the - often outdated - information available on the web.

Well, if the current GIMP/X11 packagers would come out with an experimental 2.7.x Mac OS X build ( la Ubuntu in this hint), that would be very nice (considering also the quite good quality of their stable realeases): but obviously that's for them to decide... ;-) :-)

A truly native GIMP (Aqua, without the need for X11) would be even better (as also with Inkscape, where a native version seems to be in the works): but probably there are still big problems to be solved before that will be possibile.



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Experiment with GIMP's new single window mode
Authored by: gand on Mar 11, '10 01:38:42AM
Experiment with GIMP's new single window mode
Authored by: xplora on Mar 11, '10 11:48:48AM

I'd like to point out that this is not a Mac OS X hint, but an Ubuntu linux hint.

If it really was a mac hint, why do we need to run ubuntu in a virtual environment?

In short this hint is really just saying, if you want to try the experimental GIMP version, use linux. And the real hint here is off topic with the obvious suggestion that if you want to run another OS in a virtual environment, use a virtualization package.



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Experiment with GIMP's new single window mode
Authored by: Sven G on Mar 11, '10 10:53:54PM

Of course, in a way you are right: essentially, I just collected some Ubuntu Linux information from OSNews, Ars Technica and Google, and then tried to present it for Mac OS X users.

But currently this seems to be the only way to try GIMP 2.7.x on Mac OS X: i.e., through virtualization. (BTW, probably it could also he done for older PPC Macs, with Virtual PC 7: just add "i8042.noloop" and "noreplace-paravirt" to the boot parameters; slooooow, of course...)

If someone here (for example, the "GIMP on OS X" developers) is capable of building a Mac OS X (X11) binary of GIMP 2.7.1 or 2.7.3 or whatever, that would certainly be very cool, indeed: but probably, as I said before, this is not an easy task.

So, better to vitualizaze than nothing, I'd say... ;-) :-)



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Experiment with GIMP's new single window mode
Authored by: Sven G on Mar 11, '10 10:56:06PM

Ehm, *virtualize*, of course: sorry for the typo...



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Experiment with GIMP's new single window mode
Authored by: Anonymous on Mar 15, '10 01:38:55PM
So let me get this straight -- in order to try one feature of a single package, you're advocating installing an entire OS?

To say I'm flabbergasted would be an understatement. What kind of brain death does it take to come up with such nonsense?

Edited on Mar 15, '10 01:39:36PM by


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Experiment with GIMP's new single window mode
Authored by: Sven G on Mar 15, '10 02:22:11PM

Ehm... I already had Ubuntu installed, and so it was quite easy to try out the new GIMP.

And many people have Ubuntu virtual machines, being the most popular Linux distro: so, this hint was aimed first of all at them (even if it wasn't explicitly said).

In no way are you forced to try the GIMP's single window mode or to install Ubuntu in a virtual machine, if you are not interested in that: but, *if* this is interesting to you, you can do it quite easily, and it's even fun!

So, in essence, if no native Mac OS X GIMP development version is yet available, one looks at other ways to do things, for the time being!

Ah - much ado about nothing...



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