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No there isn't - yet. I am working on a project which may give you some options though.

Expect an announcement a couple of month (three months at the outside).

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  • 4 years later...

Something new? Lack of help is tragic limitation of this great application. Not only I work mostly offline, but online help is not searchable. Even when I need to find something I saw already and I need just recollect it,  it takes minutes to find it.:(

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There's a search box at the top right ... 

 

If you need it offline, there are a myriad of web spider programs out there that can download web pages for offline use. Although then the search won't work because it requires a server call.

 

Operating offline is pretty rare for PCs nowadays. It's not something I've optimized for because bundling help with the app would require adding many megabytes to the download for everyone. It's not something that many people would require or benefit from, statistically speaking.

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Nevertheless, it would be a sign of good will if the offline help as a PDF document (possibly slightly shortened) as an optional download would be available.

Some good traditions should be honored.

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So you're asking for an alternate help file to be authored? No.

 

You're asking me to do a bunch of extra work for each release? Which will only benefit a teeny tiny number of people? No.

 

Edit: the rest of my response was probably way too harsh, and I also didn't realize there's a language/translation barrier

 

Anyway, the request for offline help is reasonable but it's just not going to happen. I fundamentally disagree with the need for it.

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On 9. 4. 2017 at 8:35 PM, Rick Brewster said:

Operating offline is pretty rare for PCs nowadays.

Strange comment. And I do not only work usually offline (well, I could connect by GPRS, but it took half hour for everytime I needed some help), I also use WindowsXP and Paint.NET 3.5, so the online help is not actual for me. :)

I believe that advertisement on the help page brings some benefit - why not.  But your approach is quite unusual.

So I created my own PDF from the help page. It took hours, because I had no experience with it, that's why I originally hoped I can just download it.

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Well if you're still using Windows XP then I hope you do not connect that machine to the Internet! You are liable to get a virus or something. They're no longer providing security updates for it.

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Bflmpsvx: you may be interested in my eBook "Mastering paint.net 3.5". It contains a wealth of info specifically written for the version you are using. And it can be read offline! There is a link in my signature below.

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On 9. 4. 2017 at 8:35 PM, Rick Brewster said:

 bundling help with the app would require adding many megabytes to the download for everyone.

 I would like to know, how many megabytes everyone has to download, when is forced to open the online help for every forgoten keyboard shorcut, for every forgoten trick, again and again. My test using Wireshark: index page, search using google for one keyword, opening a result page: about 2MB (including TCP/IP overhead, but probably also including timestamps and the other TCPdump overhead...)

My .pdf containing the whole web: 8MB. My choice is apparent even when I am online.

 BTW, I found a small error in the https://www.getpaint.net/doc/latest/GradientTool.html code. There is left  "  >   "  in the menu code, so the menu item Tools contains unintended space ... B)

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7 hours ago, bflmpsvz said:

 I would like to know, how many megabytes everyone has to download,

 

The current documentation runs to almost 50mb.

 

7 hours ago, bflmpsvz said:

BTW, I found a small error

 

Thanks - I'll edit this very soon.

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Thank you - I'll flag these links for correction in the next update.

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I've created a thread devoted to the documentation.

 

Please post any further corrections here: https://forums.getpaint.net/index.php?/topic/111277-paintnet-documentation/

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