Paint.NET 4.0 Alpha 1

Paint.NET is an image and photo manipulation application. Every feature and user interface element was designed to be immediately intuitive and quickly learnable without assistance. In order to handle multiple images easily, Paint.NET uses a tabbed document interface. The tabs display a live thumbnail of the image instead of a text description. This makes navigation very simple and fast.

Usually only found on expensive or complicated professional software, layers form the basis for a rich image composition experience. You may think of them as a stack of transparency slides that, when viewed together at the same time, form one image.

Many special effects are included for enhancing and perfecting your images. Everything from blurring, sharpening, red-eye removal, distortion, noise, and embossing are included. Also included is our unique 3D Rotate/Zoom effect that makes it very easy to add perspective and tilting.

Adjustments are also included which help you tweak an image's brightness, contrast, hue, saturation, curves, and levels. You can also convert an image to black and white, or sepia-toned.

Download: Paint.NET 4.0 Alpha 1 | 5.8 MB (Freeware)
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Sadelwo said,
Looking forward to it. I wonder if they plan to work on a "lite" modern app version, it would be quite welcome.

Probably not anytime soon. 4.0 is far from done and he doesn't usually focus on features not in demand (like Jpeg XR)

This has been the case for years, the author has been planning to drop support for XP because there were things that just couldn't be done in the older OS

If you have computers with older OS, try my freeware RealWorld Paint. It even runs on W2k and can read and write .pdn files - at least those created with pre 4.0 versions.

buchman said,
Yup, screwed me over from updating in work.
You do know support for XP ends in little over 6 months right? Frankly any business still on XP has responsibility issues IMO. There is absolutely no reason whatsoever to still be on XP right now.

paulheu said,
There is absolutely no reason whatsoever to still be on XP right now.

Oh yes there is, we have a few XP machines floating around at work because software from one of our suppliers won't run on Win 7 (and running it from XP Mode causes corrupt firmware updates on the trucks).

a wee bit more info:

Here is a list of the most prominent changes between v3.5.11 and 4.0:

System requirements
Windows 7 SP1 or newer is now required.
Windows XP and Windows Vista are no longer supported ( will not install).
.NET Framework 4.5 is now required, and will be installed if needed.
A dual-core (or more!) CPU is highly recommended. (I no longer test on single core systems, btw.)

I quite like Paint.NET - good to hear that they are still working on it (there hasn't been an update in ages…)
BTW: is there a reason the article uses an image of the 3.0 build instead of the more recent 3.5 build?

Newer ones are on the same page as the one they're using in the article… Why would they need a dedicated submission for an updated screenshot?