With the release of GIMP 2.8, the ability to save the images in any type you want was removed. Yes, you cannot save your work as .jpg, .png, or .gif.
Instead, GIMP 2.8 introduced the capability to export your work to those types and saving defaults to save your work to GIMP’s native file, xcf.
It may be different to what you’re used to but GIMP’s move to add the export feature really organizes the UI and the flow of the ‘saving’ process which includes GIMP’s native file format or exporting to the image type that you want.
Export your image by going through File > Export or by shortcut key Shift + Ctrl + E.
I’ve managed to revive my old PC and upgraded to Ubuntu. With it, I installed the latest version of GIMP (version 2.8.2 which was released on August 24, 2012).
One thing I noticed when browsing through the menu bar, is that there are new entries such as new filters and the new FX menu. Interesting. I might dabble with it soon and check out all the goodness it has to offer.
If you’ll notice that G’MIC is pre-installed with the package. G’MIC stands for GREYC’s Magic Image Converter. A script which contains a handful of preset transformations and effects to your image. Check it out here.
It also has a new FX-Foundry menu which has a few other effects that the Filters menu currently doesn’t have. I wished they package also the GAP plugin which extends the basic animation capabilities of GIMP. Though the basic ones are powerful enough to create animated GIF’s.
These are some of the new features that GIMP 2.8.2 has to offer aside from being able to add a layer group in the Layers dialog box just like its proprietary counterpart.
I can’t wait for what the GIMP Team have in mind for the next release.