I only just discovered that you can try out Gimp 2.7.4, the latest version of Gimp and a step closer to the fabled Gimp 2.8 I've been waiting for. I was off to a bit of a rough start, but ended up over at Partha's Place (http://www.partha.com/) where he has provided binaries, many thanks!
After an hour or so playing around like a
child with the new toy he's been waiting on since the last Christmas
I've got mixed feelings. I really like some of the changes and new
features yet at the same time the whole thing feels much more clumsy and
harder to use.
Take the "Paint Dynamics" for example:
to change the curve of the pressure-dependent size dynamic you must
locate the Tool Options window, click on the Dynamics icon which will
then bring up a quick menu containing the Dynamics presets, click on another
Dynamics icon, this time small and right down the bottom, then the
"Paint Dynamics" window will appear, you can then either double click on
an entry to edit it (keeping in mind it will edit that entry for all
brushes which use it) or click on the "Create new dynamics" button
which will bring up the old "Brush Dynamics" menu that used to rest in
the Tool Options window, you must then click on Size-Pressure to enable
pressure dependent size and then near the top you must click on the drop
down menu with "Mapping matrix" written on it and select size. Sorry
that sentence was getting far too long, ran out of breath. Next you must
manipulate the curve to produce the results you want, also keeping in
mind that it doesn't tell you anything, which axis is pressure and which
is size? Up, down, left, right? Sorry, that's as confusing and time
consuming as the process I just described, a picture might convey things
simple enough, right? But what are we comparing it to? What I just
described is basically the same thing as the "Power" slider in Gimp
Painter - oops, I just gave away the end of this story didn't I.
Let's take a look at that same process in Gimp Painter:
don't want to end on that note of course, I'm very grateful to everyone
who contributes to Gimp, I love the program, but the new interface
needs a lot of streamlining.