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Hello, I just reinstalled Windows 10.  I have use paint.net for years(but use it occasionally).  I went to install, and the page says it's $6.99.  I went to download.cnet.com, and there's a buy next to download, meaning it's not free anymore.

 

With other applications that are no longer free, sites like lastfreeversion have them archived.  I can't find paint.net

 

Can someone provide me with a link to the last free version?

 

Thanks.

 

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I got it from here: <snipped>

 

 

A "free download" doesn't necessarily mean free software.  The paint.net website should make it clear that the version maintained there is free, as if you follow a Google link to the Windows store, the software is NOT free.  

 

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6 minutes ago, Tim20 said:

The paint.net website should make it clear that the version maintained there is free, as if you follow a Google link to the Windows store, the software is NOT free.  

 

Okay, but if you just used a link to the Microsoft Store from a Google search, you'd never see that information on the official paint.net website.

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36 minutes ago, Tim20 said:

What's the last free version?  (I don't want to deal with a nag about a version not being free.)

 

There is no "last free version".  All versions (past, present, and future) are free.  There is no nag message in the software.

 

More info here:

https://blog.getpaint.net/2017/09/29/paint-net-is-now-available-on-the-windows-store/

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I don't believe it's legal for someone to charge for someone else's free software.   And I don't think anyone would think that MICROSOFT would do that.  Therefor, paint.net is authorizing it (Its not free at the Microsoft store, which is where Google send you (the search result is also probably arranged by paint.net).   So,  it needs to be made clear that the FREE download at paint.net is actually for FREE software.   (Again, given that a FREE download doesn't answer the question as to whether you can actually use it for free.)

 

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Anyway, I have deleted the version from the archive site, and I'm getting it from paint.net's site, as the free download is actually for a free version.

 

Thanks for the replies.

 

( Paint.net needs to emphasize that the s/w is actually free on their site, to discourage people from shopping for "last free versions" - which is a very common activity. )

 

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2 minutes ago, Tim20 said:

... Therefore, paint.net is authorizing it ...

 

Correct.

 

2 minutes ago, Tim20 said:

... (Its not free at the Microsoft store, which is where Google send you ...

 

Don't try to insinuate that was the only search result.  You chose to click on that particular search result.

 

4 minutes ago, Tim20 said:

So,  it needs to be made clear that the FREE download at paint.net is actually for FREE software. 

 

That is very clear on the paint.net website. You can see that here:

https://www.getpaint.net/download.html#download

 

6 minutes ago, Tim20 said:

... as to whether you can actually use it for free.)

 

You can read the license here:

https://www.getpaint.net/license.html

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I am VERY familiar with being able to manipulate Google results regarding your own site.  Yes, you can.

 

I have been to the paint.net site several times, and it's not being made clear the that free download is for free software, considering it's not marked as free elsewhere (Microsoft Store, downloads.cnet.com, etc.)

 

Hopefully, someone other that the person I'm replying to is in charge of paint.net's site.

 

Good bye.

 

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22 hours ago, Tim20 said:

I have been to the paint.net site several times, and it's not being made clear the that free download is for free software, considering it's not marked as free elsewhere (Microsoft Store, downloads.cnet.com, etc.)

 

https://www.getpaint.net/

 

Read the right sidebar: "Get it now (free download)" and slightly lower down "You can also support Paint.NET by purchasing it on the Windows Store:"

 

That's as clear as it needs to be. Case closed.

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