For those who use this program, it has been forever since the last non-beta version. I know that I have gone to the site several times, just certain that all work had stopped on the project.
It’s out now, and from preliminary shakedown, the wait was worth it.
- Performance in many areas has been substantially improved, and overall memory usage has also been greatly reduced (especially when more than 1 image is open).
- The user interface has been refreshed with new icons, and visual styling has been enhanced for Aero Glass (Windows 7 / Vista only).
- Upgraded to use the latest .NET Framework 3.5 SP1, which has many built-in performance improvements.
- New effect: Blurs -> Surface Blur, by Ed Harvey
- New effect: Distort -> Dents, by Ed Harvey
- New effect: Distort -> Crystalize, by Ed Harvey
- The font manager for the Text Tool has been completely rewritten, resulting in increased performance and better reliability. On Windows 7, the quality of text is much better as a result of using DirectWrite (this also works on Windows Vista if you have installed DirectX 11).
- The built-in updater now has the ability to download updates in the background, and will wait until you exit Paint.NET to install them. In previous versions, the download happened in the foreground, and you had to wait for the entire process to complete before you could use Paint.NET again..
- Now includes a Russian translation.
This is very nice, because the last version, 3.36, was a bug fix version only.
The website tells that the project is no longer a University project, and is being worked on by people out of school – that explains the slower pace than before in the development.
This is a very, very nice program for anyone who needs something better than Paint, but isn’t ready to pay for, or deploy, Photoshop. As a matter of fact, it might be a bit intimidating for some to get used to all the features. It’s free, and so it’s easily allowed to sit and wait for you to come back and learn more about it.
It works well on Windows XP, I’m getting ready to add it to the Windows 7 machine, so any quirks will be reported as found.
Quote of the day:
When a man says he approves of something in principle, it means he hasn’t the slightest intention of putting it into practice.
– Otto von Bismarck
Now little Gammera, you attack here, they’ll never see it coming!