GIMP (which stands for GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a snazzy graphics editor which, since it’s an open source project, is free. It does a zillion things from editing to drawing, cropping and file conversions to colour balances and whatnot. It’s the closes open source tool to Photoshop so if you want something better than Microsoft Paint but don’t want to take out a new mortgage for Photoshop, try GIMP and there’s a good chance it’ll do what you want it to do.

You’ll need version 2.8.14 or newer if you want the Gaelic version!


The installation is pretty straight forward. Download the installation file and start it:


Follow the instructions – first install is always in English, whatever your operating system language. Start the program and give it a while, the very first time it starts it takes ages, up to a minute. But it’ll be faster subsequently.:


Open Edit and then Preferences:


And pick Gaelic [gd] under Interface:


Close GIMP and restart and that’s it, Gaelic. Most of the interface has been translated but there are bits still in English and some of it unfortunately cannot be translated (not yet anyway). Sorry about that.

There’s a user guide in GIMP but by the the most extensive is online.


If you are on Ubuntu and using the Gaelic version, a good proportion should automatically be in Gaelic already if you upgraded GIMP to 2.8.10:


If you upgrade to 2.8.14 (you can use the software update tool, 2.8.14 has been integrated already), then virtually all of it will be in Gaelic.

I’m not entirely sure about the other distros. If it doesn’t come up and if you’re in a big hurry, you can try this ppa someone made:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install gimp


Not difficult, grab the installation file (2.8.14 no nas ùire) on this site:


Once you have that file, unzio it. Depending on your security settings, there’s a good chance you’ll see this message:


Open your System Preferences and go to Security & Privacy:


Select Open Anyway. Don’t worry, it’s not spyware or anything. Just people who can’t be bothered with the crazy hoops in iTunes.


Macs really like to hear themselves talk, so you’ll see this again:


Now, if you put Gaelic above English in your system preferences, it should come up in Gaelic automatically:


If it’s still in English, open the GIMP Preferences:


Go to Interface and then pick Gaelic [gd] from the list:


Then OK:


Close GIMP and restart and it will come up in Gaelic.

Note: If you can’t see the toolbars, minimize and maximise GIMP, that will bring them to the front.

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