GIMP 2.8 has finally been released after years of development and the biggest improvement for me is the single-window mode. This new feature is not enabled by default and users can choose between the old multi-window-docks-all-over-the-place mode and this new cleaner single-window mode.
I made the transition to GIMP 4 or 5 years ago. These days just everyone needs some form of image manipulation software. Photoshop is generally overkill and is too expensive for casual users. I opted for the free and open-source GIMP and despite its UI not being the most intuitive, I’ve gotten used to it. The only major gripe I had was the multi-window mode where docks don’t get minimized even when the program itself has been minimized. It was a mess and really cluttered up my desktop.
This latest version addresses this issue. Thanks!