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  1. Thanks for restoring my beloved keyboard shortcuts! And sorry again that I overreacted. :?P What—there are other things in your life besides P.n? :?D Anyway, I wasn't trying to order you about. (I didn't say "You'd better update your documentation now!") It was just a reminder, as I assumed the changes were permanent (again, me overreacting).
  2. Thanks for your replies. Sorry, I was just surprised to find that suddenly the commands I'd used, like, forever, did nothing, and that I had to hunt down the explanation elsewhere. I can certainly get by with the menu combinations you described, and will be grateful when you restore some (any) actual key combinations for them. And thanks for putting up with us moody artist-types. ;?)
  3. You'd better update your online documentation's Keyboard & Mouse Commands page, too, as it's no longer accurate.
  4. I just installed PN 4.1, and found that the keyboard shortcuts for Brightness/Contrast (Ctrl+Shift+T) and Hue/Saturation/Lightness (Ctrl+Shift+U), which I've used for many years, no longer worked. I now see the 4.1 change log says: "Freeing them up for other functionality"? What the heck does that mean? And now, rather than pressing a quick key combination, we must do all this: 1. Remove hand from keyboard 2. Place hand on mouse 3. Move mouse pointer to menu 4. Click 5. Find command on menu 6. Click command 7. Return hand to keyboard ...every time we want to make one of these basic adjustments? Do future plans include making us stand on one foot, do celebrity impressions, or do anything else to slow down and complicate our work? I realize some people find it difficult to remember shortcuts, and prefer to interrupt their work to shuffle through menus. And that's fine. But it's a big step backward for me—and, I'm guessing, lots of other P.N. users, too—and a very presumptuous and inconsiderate change to make without even consulting anyone.
  5. Yes, I've learned it's important to log out before switching to an external monitor or back to the built-in display, but haven't seen any other circumstances where it made any difference. I've tried switching to one of the rounded-off scaling values. Unfortunately, 200% makes things too small for me to see clearly, and 300% makes everything ludicrously big. :?( Thanks for the suggestion, though. Are all graphics apps having these difficulties? Even major players's, like Adobe's? Somehow I imagined they'd have the resources to deal with it, considering many of their commercial customers must be utilizing the latest technology. Otherwise, I guess we'll just have to wait till Microsoft, graphics-adapter companies and software authors catch up with the technology, right? Could this also explain why PN's palettes jump around the screen when I try to move them—because it's trying to move them to fractional coordinates that don't exist? If so, couldn't you just include a simple rounding-off function before those values are used—or, depending on the programming language, just declare those variables as integers?
  6. Thanks for pointing out the Preview button! I never would've known, and am not in the habit of hovering over every available icon to see what it does. Re the "Edit Post" legend—I take it you're not actually suggesting we give up trying to make GUIs as sensible and intuitive as possible. The fact remains that it's contradictory for an "Edit Post" button to appear when you're already editing the post. As a GUI consultant, I've seen countless examples where developers have introduced unnecessary ambiguity by "reinventing the wheel" like this. The evolution of forum software has already benefited from decades of effort by developers and users. It's just not necessary to reinvent something like Save Changes, when we know it works so well.
  7. I guess this is the place for this, as it doesn't actually concern Paint.net proper. (1.) When you edit a post here and want to save your changes, shouldn't the button say Save Changes rather than Edit Post? I mean, you've already edited the post; now you want to save it, not edit it. (BTW, the human who does the editing, not the forum software; it just replaces the original post with the new one.) At first I didn't want to click "Edit Post", because I thought it was a way to reject your changes and re-open the original message. Eventually I realized there was nothing else to click, though, and assumed it was just vague wording. :?) (2.) No Preview button? This is the only forum I know of that doesn't let you see how your message will appear before you save it. Maybe you think we're infallible—after all, we're artists (LOL). But a Preview would still be good.
  8. I'm having a devil of a time getting PN to work right on my new Dell XPS's QHD (3200 x 1800) display, which by default is scaled to 250% under Windows 10. Typical problems: • Tool cursors remain unscaled, so small that you can barely see them. • Palettes spontaneously disappear. When I try to move them, they flicker and jump around the screen. • The open-image picker either doesn't respond to clicks, or switches to different images than the thumbnails you click. • When you view a pasted screenshot at "actual size", it's gigantic. Any plans to address this?
  9. I followed your instructions, but right-clicking in GW's window has no effect—no context menu or anything else. What am I doing wrong? I realize that. I was referring only to being able to see the other layers while using it—not using it on more than one layer at once, if that's what you meant. Considering many of us would use this to adjust perspective in relation to other layers, it'd also be very useful to be able to move the layer being "warped", then make further adjustments, without having to close and reopen GW each time. I don't know if PN's API would permit this, though. Thanks for your help!
  10. This is EXACTLY the kind of selective-stretching feature that should be a standard part of Paint.net. I was disappointed, though, to find that it opens the current layer in a separate window to stretch it. Typically, I'd use this to distort the selection to match the size and/or perspective of the overall image (for example, pasting a door onto a house photo). Without being able to see the complete image, it takes many freehand attempts to get the changes right. It'd be so much easier if the plugin superimposed the warp grid over the normal editing area... Is there a reason you avoided doing that? Also, no Undo (Ctrl+Z)? Without that, even the slightest miscalculation requires you to start over. Each. Time. Please consider adding this as well.
  11. Yup, it's enabled. Actually, when you make a selection—let's say, with the Lasso tool—then delete it, PN does antialias to a small extent: But the eraser tool really antialiases: I can make very accurate selections using the Magic Wand, Lasso and other tools, but they leave such sharp edges, they're not very useful this way. It'd be awesome if they could have the same AA quality as the Eraser. Or am I overlooking some logical reason that they don't? Couldn't it at least be an option?
  12. Also, if you post something here and forget to click the "Notify me of replies" button, is there a way to turn notification on afterward? Most forums have a button for this, but I don't see one here. (Fortunately, I can click it before I save this post...)
  13. In other graphics apps, I could paste an image into a new layer, select and delete the background around it, and the app automatically antialiased its edges to the layer(s) beneath it: When I do this with Paint.net, it doesn't AA the edges: I must then run the Eraser tool along all the edges to AA them. This takes a lot of extra time (mostly to avoid erasing more of the image than I want to). Was this intentional? Is there any way to make PN AA such cuts automatically? I can't be the only PN user who wants this. Thanks!
  14. Hey guys, I've noticed that with the latest P.n (v4.0.13), when I copy an image and paste it as a New Image (Ctrl+Alt+V), a message appears: Copying selected pixels... ...with a progress bar, and I must wait several seconds for the image to appear. Granted, I'm on an older, slower PC—but I still wondered why that was happening now, and if it was intentional. And while I'm at it: _ How come there's no way to preview a message here before you post it? This is the only forum I know where you can't do that. _ In your version numbers, why do you follow this format?: Paint.net 4.0.13 (Final 4.13.6191.1824) Why not just call it v4.13, and follow that with the full number?
  15. Hi, P.N seems unusually slow—at least on my system—at saving larger images. For example, I'm currently working with an image that's about 8K x 8K. When I saved it as PNG, then again as GIF, P.N took nearly a minute to create each preview, then nearly another minute to save the image itself. At these times, I noticed P.N was using only about 25% of my system's quad-core CPU. Could this mean that P.N can't utilize more than one core at a time? If so, can that be improved? Also, could it be easier to skip previews when saving images? When I click OK in the preview window, P.N. seems to cancel the preview (a "Save Configuration" dialog box appears that says "Canceling..."), but this doesn't seem to shorten the time I must wait till the "Save As..." window appears. (And BTW, when you Edit a post here, the button to save your changes is cryptically labeled Edit Topic—which you're already doing. Save Changes seems more intuitive.)