After a too long summer break I give you a preview of one feature in the next version of GIMP – the unified transformation tool. It combines the tools for moving, rotating, scaling, shearing and for changing the perspective in one tool with a nice and sleek user interface. The UI design has been done mostly by Peter Sikking. He has also had his hands in the nice free selection tool design. This unified transformation tool shall be used with visual feedback on the canvas. The old tool will stay around for work where numbers are important. So this is not a replacement but an addition. You can read a bit more in the developers mailing list and on the GUI wiki page.