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fine program you have here, gentlemen, my hat is off to you.

my problem is this: having manipulated a file, it seems that i can only "save" or "save as", then "exit" the program; so, is there a way to close the file, thus clearing the image space, without having to restart the program each and every time?

rephrasing:

is it just me, or is there no way to close a file without having to restart Paint.NET?

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No, this is not possible. Paint.NET is currently a single document interface (SDI) application. Compare it to Notepad: you can't have "zero" text files open in Notepad. If you want to work on another text file you either open another copy of Notepad, or you use File->Open to switch Notepad into working on another file.

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Oh I get it now, Paint.NET can't have a blank page with no pictures open, like how Microsoft Word, if you close the sub-window, it's like a gray screen with nothing open, right?

Edit: Well, not in the Microsoft Office 2007 Beta... 2003, yeah.

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sdi ... oh, ok, sure.

what is "gray screen"? i no longer use word. i hate ms. hate hate. i use abiword.

of course, i do use notepad. i'm thinking gates had nothing to do with it's creation.

thank you.

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i don't hate word. word is a program, not a person. i hate certain persons, silly to waste your time with my knee-jerk reaction. however, previous poster compared a word behavior to the sdi charactistics of Paint.NET.

word behavior is not germaine to subject in hand, is obfuscatory, and certainly not even a little bit helpful for me, or for that matter, the next guy that comes along, hoping for instruction on Paint.NET behavior.

my response was inappropriate (seeing as you live in redland, and all).

sorry, won't happen again.

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I work for Microsoft.

Anyway there's a place for discussions of Word and Microsoft, but that's not in this forum. This is a Paint.NET forum. So let's just keep the discussion on topic.

Paint.NET v3.0, which is still in quite early development, will have MDI. This seems to be what you're looking for. Just don't hold your breath, this is a pretty ambitious release and will take a fair amount of time.

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is there a place that you could direct me to that might give me a bit of the theory/mechanics underlying the difference between mdi and sdi?

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MDI is just an acronym for Multiple Document Interface, SDI is Single Document Interface. Different applications can have their own design and implementation of this. For example, while both Photoshop and Paint.NET v3.0 are MDI, they do not (or will not, rather) have the same UI for managing the multiple documents that are open.

There is also TDI, or "Tabbed Document Interface," which is really in my opinion a form of MDI. (In both, you have multiple documents open.)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Single_document_interface

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multiple_d ... _interface

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tabbed_document_interface

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super. i got the part about the "sdi behavior" of paint.net, still don't see why it couldn't clear the work space, but whatever ... it does what it does.

ok, so i got pic a up, i open pic b; pic a disappears.

can i cascade the windows, or do i have to cut and paste beteen two iterations of the program? see my problem?

anyhoo, thanks very much.

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  • 14 years later...

Brought here by the same issue. Rick Brewster's reply answered my question. So just MAKE SURE you do your "Save As" to wherever you want to put the file, then open a New file. It will ask you if you want to save the one you have open. Knowing you already did save it, you say "Nah." Then your new blank file opens up.

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