Paint.NET 3.5 beta 1

Paint.NET is free image and photo editing software for computers that run Windows. It features an intuitive and innovative user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools. An active and growing online community provides friendly help, tutorials, and plugins.

Whats New:

  • Now uses and requires .NET 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
  • Effect dialog responsiveness has been greatly improved.
  • Images open much faster, especially on single CPU systems.
  • Selection outline is no longer animated. Instead of "dancing ants", an antialiased and stippled "XOR" outline is drawn.
  • Startup performance on most systems will be better by about 20%.
  • Memory usage has been greatly reduced when more than one image is open.
  • The font system for the Text tool has been completely rewritten, and problems with missing fonts and crashes should be a thing of the past.
  • On Windows XP and Vista, the Text tool has improved text rendering quality (it uses GDI instead of GDI+).
  • On Windows 7, the Text tool will use DirectWrite (instead of GDI) which gives even better performance and quality.
  • The toolbar font list has improved usability, rendering quality, and significantly improved performance.
  • The toolbar font list no longer requires an application restart to recognize newly installed fonts.
  • When many fonts are installed, both memory usage and startup performance have been greatly improved.
  • Installation prerequisites are now installed automatically, such as .NET Framework and Windows Installer.
  • Updates can now be downloaded in the background, and installed automatically once you exit the application.
  • General rendering quality has been improved when zoomed in.
  • Added a "Utilities" menu. Updates, Languages, and Plugin Errors have been moved here.
  • Added a "Manage Fonts" command to the Utilities menu.
  • Clicking the middle mouse button on an image thumbnail will now close the image.
  • Improved the Unfocus effect.
  • The DirectDraw Surface (.DDS) file type now allows you to select the resampling algorithm for auto-generated mip-maps.
  • A processor that supports SSE is now required (almost all CPUs purchased this decade satisfy this).
  • Fixed an issue with Gaussian Blur and its treatment of alpha values.
  • Fixed a crash with the "Units" selector in the toolbar.
  • When zoomed in, it is now much easier to resize a very small selection.
  • Now includes a Russian translation.

View: Official website
Download: Paint.NET v3.5 beta 1

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suprised MS didn't buy Paint.NET and use it in mspaint when you select "advanced". mspaint in win7 is much better now tho, has quite a few things everyday users need. calc.exe is better now too, they just needed the extra functionality of notepad++

There has to be a difference between 0 € and 1000 € :D
Also look what happened to Jasc with Paint Shop Pro.
Their product got better with every version and was really cheap.
And now its Corel Paint Shop Pro :)

Lets hope there isn't going to be a Adobe Paint.NET someday.
Maybe its called Photoshop Lite Edition then

Good program (for free). Would like to see a Paint program or Photo enhancement program with icon ribbons similar to those in MS Office programs. Really like the ribbon interface.

Microsoft successfully applied the Ribbon UI into Visio 2010 with all those commands in it!

So I'm sure Paint.NET can get the Ribbon UI makeover.

They can take pages from Powerpoint 2010 & Windows 7 Paint , too.

- Make the Layers Panel dockable.
- Move the Tools buttons into the Home Tab of the Ribbon.
- Move the Color Palette into the Home Tab of Ribbon.

xiphi said,
Google Chrome look?

Tabs in the title bar, although I wouldn't say this one has that. The title bar is obviously intact. But it looks sort of Chrome-ish, but that's just because the Aero Glass interface is extended down to the tab bar.

Edit: Oh wait, that isn't even a tab bar, but menu bar.

Intelman said,
Has the nice clean Google Chrome look going. A lot of people seem to hate it. I love it. We should embrace it and push this look.

actually it is more ie like (aka, glass extending under title bar versus google chrome title bar reduced by tabs)