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Paint.NET v3.5 is now available!


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Thanks to everyone who helped out with the extensive alpha and beta releases with all the bug reports, crash log submissions, and feedback. It has all been a huge help in creating the best Paint.NET release ever.

As usual there are two ways to get it:

    1. Preferred: Use the built-in updater from within Paint.NET. If you are using version 3.36, go to the Help menu and then Check for Updates. For v3.5 alpha/beta, go to the Utilities menu instead of the Help menu. Or just wait for the update dialog to come up automatically within the next week or so.
    2. Download directly from the website, http://www.getpaint.net/ . There is no need to uninstall the old version; that will be taken care of automatically.

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Changes since version 3.36:

    * New: Refreshed user interface with new icons and visual styling. On Windows 7 and Vista, it is enhanced for Aero and "glass".
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    * New effect: Blurs -> Surface Blur, by Ed Harvey
    * New effect: Distort -> Dents, by Ed Harvey
    * New effect: Distort -> Crystalize, by Ed Harvey
    * New: Russian translation.
    * Performance and memory usage have been extensively optimized throughout the entire program.
    * .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 is now required, which has many built-in performance improvements.
    * Disk space usage has been reduced by about 12MB by using NTFS compression on installation files related to staging (.MSI) and diagnostics (.PDB).
    * Compression for .PDN images has been improved.
    * Effect dialog responsiveness has been improved.
    * Images open much faster, especially on single CPU systems.
    * Startup performance on most systems will be better by about 20%.
    * Memory usage has been reduced when more than one image is open.
    * Rendering quality has been greatly improved when zoomed in.
    * The selection outline is no longer animated. Instead of "dancing ants", a context-sensitive "XOR" stipple pattern is drawn. This has allowed for improved performance and lowered CPU consumption (and longer battery life).
    * The font manager for the Text tool has been completely rewritten, which fixes many problems seen with crashes and missing fonts.
    * On Windows XP, the Text tool has improved reliability and font selection (it uses GDI instead of GDI+).
    * On Windows 7, the Text tool will use DirectWrite (instead of GDI) which gives better performance and greatly improved quality. On Windows Vista, you may install DirectX 11 to enable this feature; otherwise GDI will be used.
    * The toolbar font list has improved usability, rendering quality, and significantly improved performance.
    * The toolbar font list no longer requires an application restart to recognize newly installed fonts.
    * When many fonts are installed, both memory usage and startup performance have been greatly improved.
    * It is now drastically easier to move a very small selection.
    * All installation prerequisites are now installed automatically, such as .NET and Windows Installer.
    * Updates are now downloaded in the background, and installed after you exit the application. In previous versions, this was a foreground task and you could not use Paint.NET while the update was downloaded.
    * Added a "Utilities" menu. Updates, Languages, and Plugin Errors have been moved there.
    * Added a "Manage Fonts" command to the Utilities menu. This will launch the built-in Windows font control panel.
    * Clicking the middle mouse button on an image thumbnail will now close the image.
    * Improved the Unfocus effect.
    * The DirectDraw Surface (.DDS) file type now allows you to select the resampling algorithm for auto-generated mip-maps.
    * A processor that supports SSE is now required (almost all CPUs purchased this decade satisfy this).
    * Fixed an issue with Gaussian Blur and its treatment of alpha values.
    * Fixed a crash with the "Units" selector in the toolbar.
    * Fixed a crash due to an overflow that prevented very large images from working (64-bit only).
    * Fixed many other miscellaneous glitches and crashes.
    * The Korean translation has been removed. Sadly, we were unable to find the resources to complete this.

Enjoy! :)

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Wikipedia article has been updated. This looks like one heck of a release. Thanks, Rick.

 

The Doctor: There was a goblin, or a trickster, or a warrior... A nameless, terrible thing, soaked in the blood of a billion galaxies. The most feared being in all the cosmos. And nothing could stop it, or hold it, or reason with it. One day it would just drop out of the sky and tear down your world.
Amy: But how did it end up in there?
The Doctor: You know fairy tales. A good wizard tricked it.
River Song: I hate good wizards in fairy tales; they always turn out to be him.

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Did you try a reboot?

 

The Doctor: There was a goblin, or a trickster, or a warrior... A nameless, terrible thing, soaked in the blood of a billion galaxies. The most feared being in all the cosmos. And nothing could stop it, or hold it, or reason with it. One day it would just drop out of the sky and tear down your world.
Amy: But how did it end up in there?
The Doctor: You know fairy tales. A good wizard tricked it.
River Song: I hate good wizards in fairy tales; they always turn out to be him.

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Just installed 3.5 . Well done Rick and thanks for all the hard work. It was worth the wait. :D

It seems to have removed Curve+ and Evanolds Octagonal/Quad reshape matte plug ins.

Both of these are in the effects folder so why don`t they show up in the program? I`ll try reinstalling these later and see if that helps.

 

 

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@goonfella: I believe they're blocked, because they are known to cause errors. Pyrochild has released beta versions of his plug-ins in the PDN 3.5 preview part of this forum.

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History repeats itself, because nobody was paying attention the first time.

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Things I love about the new 3.5:

Multi-line text

I believe there was not a pan tool in the previous vesion? I like that.

New Chrome look - Execptions below

Add color to palette

Flip Vertical/Horizontal

Things I do Not like about 3.5

After getting used to the button arangement, the new style (Mainly of buttons) Can get rather confusing.

Oh my, is that all?

Overall: I love it!

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well done rick indeed.

though i do have XP, so i dont notice all the prettiness put in to 3.5, i do notice all the speed increases and the other fixes, and i nod in agreement with everyone who has praised you thus far with 3.5. brilliant, rick, brilliant.

can't help asking... what's gonna be in 4.0? how are you going to beat 3.5?!

 

You should get the Win7 theme for XP. Then get the rest of Win7. Then uninstall XP. Then it'll really look nice. ~ David Atwell

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The interface is nearly immediately there, but it's another 1 second until I can actually do something :)

If you have a lot of plugins, they will affect post-startup performance. There hasn't been much time spent optimizing that yet, but good things are planned.

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What happened to "Color Mixer"?

Every time I click on it, a warning window comes up and explains that the plugin has encountered an error.

It recomends that I restart paint.NET but nothing happens when it do, it continues to malfunction.

Anything I can do?

Thanks!

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