Camino 0.8 Released
Wednesday June 23rd, 2004
Mike Pinkerton writes: "Camino version 0.8 was released tonight. In addition to performance, stability, and rendering improvements inherited from Mozilla 1.7, Camino 0.8 adds a Google Search bar in the toolbar; a more-compact download manager; an entirely rewritten bookmark system, capable of importing Safari, IE, and Mozilla bookmarks, with Rendezvous and Address Book integration and multi-level undo support; session history on back/forward buttons; greatly improved cookie management; and many more changes.
"Since the last release of Camino, the following upgrades have been made to the underlying Gecko engine, and are now available in Camino: incremental, type-ahead find in the content area, automatic size-to-fit for image images larger than the viewable content area and numerous performance and web page rendering enhancements, XSLT support, as well as a large number of bug-fixes."
I don't know if it supports LAB colour or not but Gimp 2 is indeed a *huge* improvement over the previous version. It's now sort of barely acceptable in terms of UI, with the only remaining unbelievably stupid thing being the way every single image operation (e.g. changing brightness/contrast in a dialog) counts as changing the currently selected 'tool'.
It's no competition for Photoshop but it definitely shows promise - if there's a Gimp 3 then maybe we'll be talking. In the meantime, basically if you don't want to spend hundreds of pounds on an image editor, and you're willing to live with a slightly clunky interface, it's definitely an excellent option; well done to the Gimp team.