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Rick Brewster

Some Paint.NET announcements: v2.70 coming soon

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(Cross posted at my blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/rickbrew/archive/ ... 81716.aspx)

First off, eecs.wsu.edu was down for the last 24 hours or so, so things like update checking and the like were not working. Yes, there is a new domain name for Paint.NET, but all the installed copies out there are still looking to eecs.wsu.edu for their update manifests.

Hopefully that will change soon: since v3.0 is taking quite some time to finish, I've decided to put out an interim release which will aptly be called ... v2.70. It will basically be v2.64 with a few bug fixes, and also some of the popular plugins that we have developed will be included. This includes the Glow effect, and the Distortion plugins (4 effects) that are currently available on our forum. I couldn't justify releasing a "v2.65" that only had some URL changes in it (to point to getpaint.net instead of eecs.wsu.edu), so I decided to make these plugins more widely available. While this will not provide much benefit to those that already have these plugins, please remember that the vast majority of people do not have these installed and so the v2.70 distinction is justifable :) Paint.NET v3.0 will of course also have these plugins, but we will probably improve the UI.

Please note that these plugins will only have English text. (Edit: Someone was kind enough so as to provide a German translation for the new UI text in v2.70, so this is no longer the case.) We no longer have a German translator, and are thus unable to provide updates in this area. For the short term this means we have to be picky about what text we add in the v2.xx releases. In the long term, this means that Paint.NET v3.0 will not ship with a German translation. It will still be possible for the community to provide a language pack, like they have for many other languages.

I hope to have a Beta release of v2.70 out within a few days.

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I know, trust me I know :) It's coming. Progress is just slow because I haven't had as much time to work on it.

Maybe I'll post some screenshots or something.

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I know, trust me I know :) It's coming. Progress is just slow because I haven't had as much time to work on it.

Maybe I'll post some screenshots or something.

That would be great!

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I remember a while back, where it was stated that you and Tom would like to add a "suite" of effects (relative to what a normal image editor has) to Paint.NET. Any chance of this happening for v3.0 or will it be a later version?

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The one big advantage Paint.NET has over every other Graphics program is user friendliness. This is what truly makes it competitive, and its powerfulness brings it above and beyond.

The fact that the average user can use the tool to its full potential.

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What I really want to see is Gradients. Then Paint >NET will be really a competative source.

Cant wait for the new release!

Yeah those are coming for 3.0, don't worry. Like I said, 2.70 is more of a "2.65 with some of the plugins we wrote that have been popular... oh and update the URL's to point to getpaint.net" (like where it looks for the update manifest, etc)

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I remember a while back, where it was stated that you and Tom would like to add a "suite" of effects (relative to what a normal image editor has) to Paint.NET. Any chance of this happening for v3.0 or will it be a later version?

Not sure I remember that. We just add new effects as we are able to; they are relatively easy to add, as opposed to a new Tool which requires very tight integration with the rest of the application. Each new major release, in general, should have a few new effects :)

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If it is implemented into a plugin, it might make it into Paint.NET. However, this kind of thing that requires human comprehension would be hard to implement into C# or any other programming language for that matter.

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Actually someone was gracious enough to provide a German translation for the new effects' text, and so 2.70 will have a complete UI translation. Cool eh?

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