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Saturday, October 21, 2006

Paint.NET 3.0 Alpha Released: Much Better Than v2.72

Earlier, we recommended Paint.NET as a superior alternative to Microsoft Paint and even Photoshop for some users. Version 3.0 alpha of Paint.NET (download here) was just released in the past week.

From some testing, it looks to be a far superior release than previous versions. It loads a lot faster, and tabs have been implemented to show thumbnails of all the opened images.

Here are the latest changes:
  • Brand new Multiple Document Interface (MDI) with tabs that show thumbnails for all the opened images
  • Colors window now supports a color palette, along with the ability to manage multiple named custom palettes
  • Colors window now uses value sliders that more clearly show how the color is being manipulated
  • Floating windows now better support docking and snapping, and remember their positions across sessions
  • Brand new icon and logo, including full 256x256 icon so that it looks great on Vista
  • Toolbar is context dependent: only the toolbar items relevant to the current tool are shown
  • Tolerance control moved to the toolbar
  • Ability to choose default values for toolbar items, as well as the tool that is selected at startup
  • Ability to draw with "smooth" or "sharp" text. Smooth text is good most of the time, and sharp text is good for when 'smooth' doesn't look good (sometimes for small text), or for doing GUI mockups
  • UI for update checking, downloading, and installing is better
  • "Edit -> Paste in to New Image" replaces "File->Acquire from Clipboard", and is accessible with Ctrl + Alt + V
  • Updates and Language commands moved to Help menu
  • History window now uses much less memory and significantly fewer User/GDI handles
  • Session temporary data is now compressed if the file system is NTFS. This results in less disk I/O and thus higher performance
  • Font list dropdown loads much quicker


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