The latest development release of The Gimp image editor comes with a handy option single-window mode.
Gimpbox is not a fork or a depreciated build of GIMP but exists to provide a single window mode to users of the image editor on version 2.6.10 or earlier.
The main sell of the script is that it does not require users to install any extra development packages, compile any builds form source or even add a PPA – all you need is your already installed version of GIMP and the script does the rest!
First you need to ensure you have GIMP installed. Go to Applications > Graphics sub-menu and look for an entry called ‘GIMP Image Editor’. If it is there you’re good to go, if not then head over to the Ubuntu Software Centre and install it from the Graphics department.
Grab the script. The script for running GIMP in single window mode and place it in your ‘bin’ folder.
sudo wget http://gimpbox.googlecode.com/hg/gimpbox.py -O /usr/local/bin/gimpbox.
Next we need to grant it permission to ‘run’. Be careful when doing this, make sure you enter the command exactly as you see it.
sudo chmod +x /usr/local/bin/gimpbox
To launch The GIMP in single window mode you can press ALT + F2 together and enter ‘gimpbox’ in the command field or you can also do this.
- Go to System > Preferences > Main Menu
- Click on ‘Graphics’ in the left hand pane
- Highlight ‘GIMP Image Editor’ and click on the ‘Properties’ button
- Replace the word ‘gimp’ with ‘gimpbox’