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Paint.net on Android (desktop mode not mobile app of course!)

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Hey guys,

I was wondering if in the future there could be a port for Android of Paint.net?


I use it a lot (thanks for this awesome tool btw!!) and I am trying to stop using computers and use only smartphones thanks to the desktop mode.

The only problem is that android is missing things on software side. Paint.net is one application that I would love to use there.


NOT as a mobile app. But as a desktop app with mouse cursor/window mode. As you can do with Samsung Dex, Huawei EMUI or the newer Android 10.


I'm using a Honor-View-20 on a <snip> and it's really a great desktop experience. It's just sad that so many software are still missing...



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17 minutes ago, PaulJ said:

With https://dotnet.microsoft.com/apps/xamarin it would not be possible to build without too much modifications?


Correct, it would not.

Paint.NET still has many Windows dependencies that aren't even part of .NET.  For example: WIC, Direct2D, and DXGI.


36 minutes ago, PaulJ said:

NOT as a mobile app. But as a desktop app with mouse cursor/window mode. As you can do with .... the newer Android 10.


I'm not sure what Android 10 has to do with anything here. Mouse and keyboard support was added in Android 3.1, and multi-window support was added in Android 6.

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1 hour ago, PaulJ said:

No plan for now but maybe in the future? :D


Maybe I could work on a port myself if that interest you. Is the source open for such ? I never wondered if your project was an open source one.


No, not now and not in the future. Paint.NET is not open source.


This project is not happening. I already said as much. I realize you're enthusiastic about the idea, and that's a really great attitude to have, but I'm definitely not enthusiastic about it. So please let it rest.

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