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GIMP help file and User Manual - steveray100 - 12-19-2020

I am using a Mac.  Can someone tell me where to install the local copy of the help file and/or the User Manual. I cannot find any info on it.


RE: GIMP help file and User Manual - rich2005 - 12-19-2020

You are posting in the Gimp 2.8 section but your user profile says Gimp 2.10 - which one is it.

As far as I know there is no macOS Gimp help package available.

You can get a really good Gimp 2.10 PDF copy of help for local use here: https://gimp.linux.it/www/meta/gimp-help-2.10-en.pdf


RE: GIMP help file and User Manual - Niels - 01-03-2022

(12-19-2020, 02:43 PM)rich2005 Wrote: You are posting in the Gimp 2.8 section but your user profile says Gimp 2.10 - which one is it.

As far as I know there is no macOS Gimp help package available.

You can get a really good Gimp 2.10 PDF copy of help for local use here: https://gimp.linux.it/www/meta/gimp-help-2.10-en.pdf

Thanks for the link – it's a very thorough read. It should be good for Gimp 2.10.24 (installed on a division of my iMac running El Capitan). Maybe it can also help with Gimp 2.8.22 (on another partition, running Snow Leopard).

Still, installed Help for offline use might be better for tips on the fly, etc.
So, for Mac Help packages, I followed a link on Gimp's download page, to:
https://download.gimp.org/mirror/pub/gimp/help/
At the bottom are hefty files (over 150 mb each) for 2.8.2 & 2.10.0. They are incomprehensible to me - lots of weird files and folders. I guess they are meant for compilers. Can anyone confirm this?


Another link was to a repository of older files:
https://sourceforge.net/projects/gimponosx/files/GIMP%20Yosemite/
I figured they were probably trustworthy, and tried out a GIMP-2.8-User-Manual-en.zip. It was a standard installation package, easy for any Mac user, and the Console told me "Gimpmanual" & "GIMP 2.8 User Manual (en)" were installed. But GIMP > Preferences > Help System found no user manual installed locally. Nor could I track the files down myself. Maybe they're invisible; maybe they are too old...

Maybe I need to check if  there's a language conflict (different species of English do that, I am told).
How can I find out where the Help files are installed?

P.S. Is GIMP 2.10.24 an over-reach for El Capitan (macOS 10.11.6), since it supports macOS 10.12 Sierra or over?


RE: GIMP help file and User Manual - rich2005 - 01-03-2022

Quote:...At the bottom are hefty files (over 150 mb each) for 2.8.2 & 2.10.0. They are incomprehensible to me - lots of weird files and folders. I guess they are meant for compilers. Can anyone confirm this?

They are indeed the 2.10 source files for compiling, and produce HTML files with language support.

Quote:..the Console told me "Gimpmanual" & "GIMP 2.8 User Manual (en)" were installed. But GIMP > Preferences > Help System found no user manual installed locally. Nor could I track the files down myself. Maybe they're invisible; maybe they are too old...

Maybe, but I have an old MacOS VirtualBox with an equally old Gimp 2.10 which I think must be a Partha version since it does have help installed. Looks like this:

Old Mac + old Gimp looking for the files: https://i.imgur.com/JenRlLZ.jpg
Found them in .../share/gimp/2.0/help/en (which is a standard location for any OS): https://i.imgur.com/0CdNRCA.jpg
They do show in Gimp preferences: https://i.imgur.com/QwruhMa.jpg
Either of the browser options work here, Gimp help browser or web browser, this Safari: https://i.imgur.com/dyZbJ5K.jpg

If you want to chance your hand at a manual install / dabble, pulled those files out of the VM and you can download here:
https://u.pcloud.link/publink/show?code=XZ0V03XZrWXwlCbl7bLrqOD1LP6ebYlbR9Jy (46 MB)


RE: GIMP help file and User Manual - Niels - 01-04-2022

Who knew the Gimp app had all those things in it?

But my 2.10 was missing the help files. So I deClouded yours, unzipped, & drag-&-dropped the folder into my Gimp app.
Hey presto! I now have Help… it shows in Preferences, F1 brings up a window, etc.

So thanks so much, rich2005; has anyone told you lately – YOU’RE A GENIUS!?!

I live to Gimp again!
(I might try the same trick with my Gimp 2.8 too.)