Paint.NET is image and photo manipulation software designed to be used on computers that run Windows. It supports layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools. It started development as an undergraduate college senior design project mentored by Microsoft, and is currently being maintained by some of the alumni that originally worked on it. Originally intended as a free replacement for the MS Paint software that comes with Windows, it has grown into a powerful yet simple tool for photo and image editing. The programming language used to create Paint.NET is C#, with a small amount of C++ for installation and shell-integration related functionality.
Paint.NET is freeware, but the team is accepting donations here.
- Move Selected Pixels tool performance has been significantly optimized
- Move Selected Pixels tool was always leaving transparent black behind instead of the secondary color with alpha removed
- Brush tools with odd-sized brushes and no antialiasing were drawing at 1 size smaller
- Fixed some apparent 'lag' in the brush tools due to an off-by-1 glitch in the stroke path calculation code
- The brush tool preview circle no longer scales by the system DPI setting, which made it too big
- Removed the momentary hourglass/wait cursor after drawing (e.g. pencil and brush tools)
- Optimized performance of the Shapes tool, especially for the Ellipse shape
- Paint Bucket tool will now correctly treat the selection as a boundary contour
- Zoom tool no longer crashes sometimes when pressing the right mouse button while already holding the left mouse button
- The status bar now reports the correct selection location when it's outside the image boundaries (e.g. negative values)
- Auto-scrolling on the edge of the window now works correctly and doesn't require you to "jiggle the mouse" for each scroll update
- Touch screens no longer scroll when swiping up/down with one finger
- Improved the pixel grid's contrast so it's not overwhelmingly bright
- The transparency "checkerboard" is now aligned to the top-left of the image, instead of the top-left of the canvas
- The cursor position reported in the status bar was off-by-1 when the value was supposed to be negative
- Some controls (e.g. units selection in the Image->Resize dialog) were not drawing focus rectangles when using the keyboard
- Fixed a crash (OutOfMemoryException) when using a selection tool when hardware acceleration is disabled
- Fixed a crash (TimeBeforeLastUpdateException) in the installer. This usually happens when running in a virtual machine, and only affects animations
- Fixed a crash (BadImageFormatException) at startup. This indicates an installation error, and will be automatically repaired
- Fixed various crashes caused by having the wrong (old) version of PaintDotNet.SystemLayer.Native.dll. This indicates an installation error, and will be automatically repaired
- Improved performance when hardware acceleration is disabled
- All 7th generation Intel GPUs now default to hardware rendering. All older Intel GPUs default to software rendering
- Fixed graphical artifacts (blackness, flickering, mouse trails) on certain GPUs (e.g. NVIDIA Optimus)
- "NVIDIA ION" graphics cards now default to software rendering due to crashes
Reviewing 4.0.5278 Beta (Jun 16, 2014)
5 stars. If you're still using XP give yourself 1 star, not this great app.
Reviewing 4.0.5268 Beta (Jun 6, 2014)
Editor is quite capable. Has some advanced functions, but it's useful only if you need them - rating 7/10.
Stil needs more attention for basic functionality user confort - rating 3/10.
Dependency on .NET 4.5.2 limits editor for Windows 7+ only.
Reviewing 4.0.5268 Beta (Jun 6, 2014)
Not work on XP
Reviewing 4.0 Beta Build 5168 (Mar 12, 2014)
Reviewing 4.0 Beta Build 5168 (Feb 24, 2014)
Version 4.0 5168 is a password protected .zip archive. Any chance you could include the password so that it can actually be opened? It's kind of useless as is.
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