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.
Reviewing 4.0.4 (Dec 8, 2014)
Many bugs has gone, the application itself got faster. Nice job.
Reviewing 4.0.2 (Jul 20, 2014)
Very user friendly, easy to use, but much too buggy. The previous versions often crashed, than the newer releases sometimes didn't load, the present one refuses to change language even after changing it in the option window. ( Accepts changes in language settings but whatever language I chose it will only display system’s default language ).
Their forum moderators are occasionally unnecessarily impolite and rude.
I opted for GIMP but yet, after Paint.net will get fixes and start working reliably I would be happy to download and use it for simple and quick, less demanding works. Unfortunately the last few versions were disappointing, I removed it and gave up further experimenting.
Reviewing 4.0 (Jun 26, 2014)
The reviews speak for themselves. 5 stars and free.
Monkey_Punch: "does damn near everything Photoshop does"
When you learn how to use Photoshop beyond opening photos and applying the sharpen filter you'll feel stupid for your comment.
Reviewing 4.0 (Jun 25, 2014)
What's it like to not have a program that installs from a 6.1MB installer, does damn near everything Photoshop does, has gobs of free filters available and is free itself? Suck it long. Suck it hard.
Amazing app that handles almost any image file format you can throw at it.
Reviewing 3.5.10 (Oct 3, 2012)
Paint.NET is the program I use on all of the systems where I don't have a license for Adobe Photoshop, that is on all of the systems where I sometimes need to do light image editing such as resizing, cropping, adding text, etc.
It is extremely fast and if you're not doing much more than minor image modifications, then Paint.NET is perfect. I have it installed on our home PC (which is a touch screen) and the kids love creating things with the touch screen.
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