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There will never be a "welcome dialog". Yuck :) That's really expensive UI for a cheap UX. You can already do "Load existing image" very quickly ... press Ctrl+O (File -> Open). You can already do "Paste from clipboard" very quickly ... press Ctrl+Alt+V (Edit -> Paste into New Image). "Resume from previous session" is a tedious, boring work item of enormous proportions and it will never ever happen (I'm just trying to set realistic expectations here).

 

You can access the list of recently opened files very quickly too. Press Alt+F (File menu), then R (Open Recent)

 

I am planning to look at modernizing the default image size.

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I dunno, I like the 800x600 default. With the proliferation of netbooks and small form-factor notebooks, it makes sense for the default image to be smaller. Besides, I usually use PdN for smaller images and web elements; 800x600 usually works well for me there.

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I also have no problem with the 800 x 600 default. No matter what size the default is, some people will like it and some will not. Like the old saying; " You can please some of the people some of the time, but you can't please all of the people all of the time. "  I say leave it the way it is. 

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I'm with David & Skully on this one.

Minimum system requirements state a screen resolution of 1024 x 768. So the default 800x600 works for everyone.

Users wanting a larger size and/or a color filled background layer can always create a template.

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Think about the process here. You've asked paint.net to open without asking it to load up a specific image. In this case I believe a default canvas is the correct thing to show. Imagine how many new users would be put off because they have to create a canvas first.

This is the behavior of an awful lot of apps. Word, Excel, MS Paint, PSPad, Notebook, PowerPoint...,

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If you don't make any changes to the default image, it will automatically close when you create or load something else. You don't need to close it yourself. Paint.NET is optimized both for the case where you just want to start scribbling on a blank canvas, AND for the case where you don't.

 

This is why preferences exist.

 

No it's not. Preferences should not exist for configuring behavior that doesn't need to be changed (what you're asking for is completely unnecessary: see my previous paragraph), nor for behavior where the designers/developers were too indecisive to make an actual decision.

 

 

 An option for default behavior would make sense here.

 

No, it wouldn't. (see my previous paragraphs)

 

My advice stands: learn and master the keyboard shortcuts. Pin Paint.NET to the task bar and use WinKey + Number to open it (e.g. WinKey+3 if it's the 3rd icon). Press Ctrl+N for File->New. Type 64, Tab, 64, Enter if you want to create a 64x64 pixel image. Done. (and Ctrl+W is File->Close, btw)

 

All the shortcut keys are listed in menus and tooltips. Explore a little.

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