GIMP / Krita / Curtail / Scribus / Blender / FreeCAD / Pitivi / Zrythm Weekly recap — 16 April 2023

Week highlights: new versions of Curtail, Pitivi, and Zrythm, new features in GIMP, UX/UI updates in FreeCAD, updates of Krita and Blender add-ons.


The Search Actions dialog now shows menu paths and is able to locate GEGL operations that haven’t been registered in the menu.

Moreover, generated GEGL operations are now automatically listed in a new Filters > Generic > GEGL Operations submenu.

There’s another new feature that isn’t very much user-visible yet, but might go a long way: a widget called GimpToolbar. Here’s an excerpt from the commit that added it:

It’s still pretty simple now and allows to add toolbar buttons and separators (at start or end). There is no possibility of runtime-customization yet, but in the future, it would be great to allow such ability and use this widget for a main window toolbar which people can customize to add quick access to their favorite actions.

The new widget is now used in the text editor.

ShortcutComposer 1.2.0 for Krita

Wojciech Trybus released an update to his ShortcutComposer add-on for Krita.

  • Icons for PieMenu can be added with drag’n’drop
  • PieMenus now follow light/dark themes in Krita
  • Various smaller improvements have been added

Here’s an overview video:

You can get the latest release here.

Curtail 1.7.0

I missed the last few releases of Curtail, the handy little image compressor I first covered two years ago. Here are the most interesting changes between versions 1.4.0 and 1.7.0 (all released within the last 4 weeks):

  • Port to GTK 4 and libadwaita, various UI improvements
  • Updated start screen and compression results page
  • Configurable compression timeout
  • Compressing now happens in another thread
  • Oxipng is now used instead of OptiPNG
  • SVG support via Scour

Unfortunately, the build from flathub fails to compress PNG files for me (bug reported), so if you expect screenshots, there’s not much I can show.

Scribus and IndigoUI

There’s signs that the Scribus team is interested in incorporating UX/UI proposals from the IndigoUI project. Not much is known about this, I’ll get back with more news when I have them.

Flatterer 1.5

Sybren A. Stüvel released a new version of his Blender add-on Flatterer that turns 3D models into a set of shapes suitable for laser cutting. This release comes with three new operators: Extrude Finger (for finger connections between parts), Separate Mesh into Faces, and Align to Local Axis.


There have been changes all over FreeCAD this week. Most noticeably, the FreeCAD/Ondsel team continued cleaning up the Preferences dialog as part of this project. And there’s some new configurable options:

  • A preference for overlapping edge cleaning
  • Customizable dimension line spacing
  • A preference for new face finder

By the way, Ondsel completed the assembly workbenches series this week and posted takeaways and a plan forward for creating a default assembly workbench. Brad also posted a recap of the first 100 days of Ondsel.

Pitivi 23.03

This version was released in March but hasn’t got much of an official announcement yet. Important changes:

  • It is once again possible to automatically align clips based on audio waveforms
  • Improved rendering of waveforms
  • Plahead goes back to the start after reaching the end

Zrythm 1.0 beta 4.8.1

Zrythm is an ever-moving target, some [of the interesting changes lately:

  • Spectrum analyzer now available
  • Monitor output meters have been added to the header
  • Pitch-shifting audio added
  • Notes are now auditioned when drawing on clicking them
  • Double-clicking on faders and balance controls now allows setting precise values, Ctrl-clicking on balance controls reset custom value


Seems like isometric dioramas are al the rage these days, so here’s another Blender tutorial from Polygon Runway:

Bro 3D explains modeling an old-style lamp with Blender. The tutorial is a little too fast-paced, and you are supposed to know the basic of modeling with Blender:

Drawing a flat watermelon illustration with Inkscape, by Zakey Design:

Pallab posted a Scary Ocean speedpainting session with Krita. Changing the playback speed to 0.25 or 0.5 might be helpful to follow it.


In search of the vessel by Cosmik Madness (Blender):

In search of the vessel

Rose Temple by Loris Longari (Blender):

Rose Temple

Magic Rage by clooms (Krita):

Magic Rage

Golden Tree by TheFlow (Krita):

Golden Tree

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