GIMP version 2.7.0 has been released. Among the new features is the capability to read JPEG2000 files (.jp2).
GIMP (The GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a free software raster graphics editor, available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. Primarily, GIMP is used as a tool for photo manipulations, such as resizing, editing, and cropping photos, combining multiple images, and converting between different image formats. GIMP can also be used to create basic animated images in the GIF format.
GIMP 2.7 is the first step towards GIMP 2.8 which will be a stable release. GIMP follows the Linux kernel approach to version numbering in that all odd numbered versions are unstable and even numbered versions are considered stable.
Some of the notable features in GIMP 2.7.0 are as follows :
1. Text editing with text tool is done in the canvas like you do in Adobe Photoshop and not in a separate window.
2. Tag support for brushes and patterns. And you can even filter these resources based on the tags.
3. You can save your images in only one format namely the native GIMP file format (XCF). If you want to save in a different file format such as PNG or Jpeg, you have to use the “Export” feature.
4. GIMP now supports rotating brushes.
5. Additional features of GEGL incorporated.
6. A new plugin for loading Jpeg2000 images.
Complete list of changes can be found at GIMP website