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Please make an arrow tool for Paint.NET! Even if it didn't have very many options it would make my life so much easier. Right now I have to goto the one computer that has Photoshop on it to annotate my photographs. Paint.NET feels 99.9% of my needs, but it would be 100% if it had an arrow tool, or an option for the line tool to have an arrow.

Yes I understand how to draw an arrow. But please understand where I am coming from. I am not a graphic artist. I do have to annotate a bunch of photographs with arrows and labels and a typical photograph might contain 10+ arrows in the end. I need all those arrows looking professional and consistent with each other, and I can't hand draw to those spec's (nor do I have time to).

Is there a plugin available somewhere to fill my need?

Thanks for your time and thanks to the developers for making an outstanding program.

-Shad

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I'm working on an arrow tool now, actually...

stay tuned.

That is excellent to hear. Please let me know if you need help beta testing this feature. Do you expect it to be within the v3.5 time frame or more distant then that?

More like this afternoon time frame... :D

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OK, try this:

Arrows.dll

I know the UI is less then optimal, but I think you'll get used to it (at least until Paint.NET has a REAL arrow tool--or until I update it).

This draws lines inside of the current selection using the Primary color and current paint brush width.

The thicker the Paint Brush, the better the line looks... try 7 or 8.

It will draw the lines solid, dashed, or dotted.

It will draw lines using anti-aliasing, or not, your choice.

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I'll confirm that enabling the line/curve tool to draw arrows at either end of the line is in the short-term roadmap for Paint.NET. With the current plan of releasing a +.01 update every month, that means March or April (probably).

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I really just wrote this as a learning tool. I wanted to learn how to draw lines that were anti-aliased.

I'm surprised MadJik hasn't been bugging me with questions about how I was able to do it. :D

(I will post up my source code some time next week. I'm working on other stuff first, though.)

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I really just wrote this as a learning tool. I wanted to learn how to draw lines that were anti-aliased.

I'm surprised MadJik hasn't been bugging me with questions about how I was able to do it. :D

(I will post up my source code some time next week. I'm working on other stuff first, though.)

I was expecting this from you:

(I will post up my source code some time next week. I'm working on other stuff first, though.)

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OK, try this:

Arrows.dll

I know the UI is less then optimal, but I think you'll get used to it (at least until Paint.NET has a REAL arrow tool--or until I update it).

This draws lines inside of the current selection using the Primary color and current paint brush width.

The thicker the Paint Brush, the better the line looks... try 7 or 8.

It will draw the lines solid, dashed, or dotted.

It will draw lines using anti-aliasing, or not, your choice.

I'm not real sure what to do with the Arrows.dll. I'll search around the forum for advice. I throw it in my Paint.NET folder, but no difference.

It is very good to hear that this feature is being added to Paint.NET. Since Paint.NET has been released I have found it to be a very useful program that really only lacked this one need. I think every version that has come up I've been downloading with my fingers crossed.

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Here is how to install effects that I create:

http://boltbait.googlepages.com/install

Sorry, I should have explained how to install it. Let me know if this clears things up for you.

I put a post in the Plugin forum about this: http://paintdotnet.12.forumer.com/viewtopic.php?t=3409

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Here is how to install effects that I create:

http://boltbait.googlepages.com/install

Sorry, I should have explained how to install it. Let me know if this clears things up for you.

I put a post in the Plugin forum about this: http://paintdotnet.12.forumer.com/viewtopic.php?t=3409

Cool, thanks... I got it working.

My only comment is that the arrow head is very tiny and had to make out. How to use the tool makes sense and it will work for me if the arrow head was bigger (maybe 3-4 times the size it is now).

It will be nice to see this integrated into the line tool, that way the arrow doesn't have to be straight throughout the line.

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Cool, thanks... I got it working.

My only comment is that the arrow head is very tiny and had to make out. How to use the tool makes sense and it will work for me if the arrow head was bigger (maybe 3-4 times the size it is now).

Use a thicker line. The arrow head is scaled with the line thickness. I don't really have any more control over the arrow head size than that. Sorry.

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