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Windows, macOS and Linux: Krita 5.1 and digiKam 7.7 released for all platforms

New versions of the two open source projects Krita and digiKam have been released for the Windows, macOS, and Linux platforms. Although the free drawing and graphics program Krita 5.1.0, published by the Krita Foundation, which is part of the KDE community, is in beta, digiKam 7.7 is already finished.

Krita 5.1 improves interoperability

Krita is a free, open-source drawing program that allows you to create drawings with a wide variety of image editing options. In addition, Krita supports editing PSD files created in Photoshop and provides extensive training materials. Editing HDR content is also supported, while many processes are accelerated with OpenGL.

Krita – User Interface, In the latest beta version of Krita 5.1.0, in addition to the mandatory optimizations and error corrections, the following innovations should also be included. Krita 5.1.0 Beta Highlights

  • Support for JPEG XL
  • Optimized support for WebP
  • Optimized Photoshop support
  • Optimized support for OpenEXR
  • Optimized support for TIFF
  • XSIMD for more performance

Krita 5.1 for Android

In addition to the offshoots for Windows, macOS, and Linux, the Krita project also offers several mobile versions for systems running Android based on a CPU or SoC from ARM or Intel. The Android version also runs on Chrome OS and its open-source offshoot Chromium OS, as well as CloudReady. A total of eight system images and the source code of the successor to Krita 5.0.0, which in turn has new workflows and support for the file formats AVIF and WebP introduced, are ready for download. With the release of Krita 5.0.0, the core resource management tool has already been migrated to an SQLite-type database, which is intended to provide additional speed and stability. Version 5.1.0 should be able to improve its performance even more by using XSIMD. The official ones give more detailed information Release Notes

digiKam 7.7 for Windows, macOS and Linux

The free image management program digiKam is released in the new version 7.7 for Windows, macOS, and Linux and provides support for AVIF and the Olympus OM-1. A neural engine based on the AI ​​API OpenCV is set to further expand support for artificial intelligence, while more than 1,300 reports have been closed on Bugzilla ahead of its release.

DigiKam – user interface (Image: VulcanSphere, CC BY 4.0) The support for the AOM AV1 image file format (AVIF) and JPEG-XL and improved support for DNG, TIFF, and GIF files are new, as is the use of the latest KDE Framework 5.95. The developers, who are also from the KDE community supported by KDE eV, have digiKam 7.7 released for download for Windows, macOS, and Linux While digiKam 7.7 is already being rolled out on current rolling releases with KDE Plasma, Krita 5.1.0 will only make its way to the repositories with the final release.

Ron Harold

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