Rick Brewster Posted September 13, 2006 Share Posted September 13, 2006 I have a few ideas of cool things to add to 3.0, tell me what you think. I'm a big fan of "what you see is what you get ... while you're drawing it" which has driven me to not use things like "rubber bands" in the UI when drawing shapes or selections. Compare to Photoshop and you'll see what I mean. I'm also starting to jump in to "let's show you what you'll get ... before you draw it or commit to it." Also, we're getting more powerful computers with more RAM and more cores ... why not take advantage of it in ways that actually increase productivity? Heck, when Windows 95 came out, the first release of Word after that took advantage of the multithreading to do spellcheck in the background as you were typing. Great stuff. 1) Gradient tool I talked to my friend Andy and told him this idea and he loved it. He said, "You know what I spend half my day doing in Photoshop? Gradient tool: click, drag, undo. Click, drag, undo. Repeat. Until I get it right." My idea here is to have a similar interface to Photoshop whereby you click and drag to draw a line that defines the endpoints of the color gradient gradient. However, instead of waiting until you let go of the mouse to draw the gradient, I'll draw it as you're moving the mouse. I think this will be a very attractive feature to people and will give us a nose-in-the-air point towards other graphics programs 2) Magic wand "preview" highlighting. Right now in order to see what area will be selected when you click with the magic wand, you have to click. Then wait. And if you don't like it, you have to undo, adjust the tolerance or location, and then repeat. Bleck. So here's what I'm thinking: Take advantage of multithreading and whenever you move the mouse I will start calculating, in the background, what the highlighted area would be. Then I will shade it in without you having to click. Then you could adjust tolerance (I think a keyboard shortcut is in order) and just watch as the selection area changes. Then once you're happy, you click or press enter or something. And same for the paintbucket I guess. Quote The Paint.NET Blog: https://blog.getpaint.net/ Donations are always appreciated! https://www.getpaint.net/donate.html Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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