What is the big change in Glasgow?
Everything. Glasgow was created at the University of Glasgow with funding from the EU. Glasgow isn't based on GIMP.
- GUI uses FLTK, not GTK as in GIMP. Pretty, high performance GUI.
- Renderfarm-compatible headless operation.
- Flat raster buffer for simplicity/performance, not tiled like GIMP.
- Support for 8-bit, 16-bit, 32-bit, 64-bit, and vector channels.
- Mixed channels, e.g., 16-bit and 32-bit channels in the same image as needed for OpenEXR.
- Uses libunistd so that unix code builds as-is on Windows. Single unix-style codebase without ifdefs. No visible WIN32 API calls.
- New plug-in architecture. Plug-ins launch dll-style, not spawn like with GIMP.
- Glasgow plug-ins will be compatible for use in After Effects.
- C++ code throughout, except for exposed C plug-in API.
- Much easier to understand, test and debug.
- CinePaint Glasgow deep paint tool
- img_img command line tool something like ImageMagick convert
- hdr_display based on OpenEXR exrdisplay
- open_image, a shared memory image server
- CineCalc calculator
- Flixi movie/DVD player based on Xine
- 3D modeling tools based on sharpconstruct and ewave
- Webclock time synchronization
- Mickey hex editor
- Monica monitor calibration
- Splat image editor based on antipaint
- Yage gradient editor
- Scanner tool based on flscan
- Photo sorter based on flphoto
- Video editing based on shotcut
- Audio tools TBD
Everything except open_image has significant pieces implemented. Except for CinePaint Glasgow and img_img, there's a lot of experimental code not in CVS yet.
Will the initial release include a Windows version?
Yes, Windows is my primary development platform.
How stable is it?
It's very stable where I've tested, but not stable where I haven't. I'm crawling through img_img in the debugger now. I'm still making architecture changes there and porting plug-ins. The Glasgow plug-ins I'm working on now are PPM, SGI, DPX, and OpenEXR.
After releasing img_img I'll go back to crawling through CinePaint Glasgow in the debugger. CinePaint Glasgow will release with hacked Film Gimp plug-ins for JPEG, PNG and TIFF. Then there will be an integration so all the plug-ins are Glasgow.