Rick Brewster Posted April 16, 2007 Share Posted April 16, 2007 ( Cross posted from my blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/rickbrew/ ) Another month, and another Paint.NET update is on the way! By now you may have noticed this trend. We have decided that monthly updates are going to be the best way for us to deliver some of the small features we've been wanting to ship for a long time, but just haven't had (or taken) the time to do so. Monthly updates of the "0.01" scale involve a lot less work than a full scale 0.1 or 1.0 update. This will allow us to focus on these smaller features while designing and planning for v4.00. So, what's coming in v3.07? I'll tell you! * The Help / Documentation is being moved online. It will no longer be part of what you download. Doing this reduces the size of the download from 4.5MB all the way down to 1.2 MB. This will enable you to download Paint.NET about 3.7 times faster! Dial-up users will no doubt appreciate this.When you click the Help -> Help Contents menu item, it will launch a web page that will have the same content as before. This will also enable us to add a simple Search box to the help file, which is something that has been requested a few times.* We will not be releasing the "Full" installer anymore. This is the installer that bundles the .NET Framework with the installer, resulting in a 50+ MB download. Yugh. I think enough people have .NET 2.0 installed by now that this isn't really an issue. If there is enough demand to bring this back though, we will of course consider it. An upcoming release will bump the requirement up to .NET 3.0, and at that point we will make available a "full" installer via the auto-updater. But even then we will only be packaging the "bootstrapper" for .NET 3.0 which is only 2.8mb. Its job is to download and then install the necessary installation files for you. If we included the full .NET 3.0 packages, both 32- and 64-bit, it would add 100 MB to the download.* The Line/Curve tool is being enhanced to allow you to draw arrow heads. You can also set the line to be drawn with a few different dashed and dotted styles. You can set these options in the toolbar, and there are also keyboard shortcuts to cycle them (comma, period, and forward-slash).* When an image has unsaved changes, its thumbnail in the upper right corner of the Paint.NET window will have a little orange asterisk. This is something I really wanted for the big v3.0 release, but time and energy ran out and it just had to be punted. But it's here now! Not exactly something to write an epic poem about, but it's another nice touch. It will allow you to see at a glance which images still need to be saved.* The Save Configuration dialog will now allow you to maximize it, and it will also remember its location and size. I personally have considered this to be a nuisance in the past, where everytime I went to save a JPG or GIF, I would have to reposition and re-size the darn window. Well, now it's a bit smarter about it, and it's about time!* There are some bug fixes, as usual. One thing that people have reported is that actions like Crop or Rotate Image reset the layer selection to the bottom layer. This is being fixed. There are also some issues that have come up regarding the new Open/Save dialogs in Vista, and I will be fixing those as well. The dialogs in Vista aren't buggy, but our use of them was incomplete and you couldn't open files from certain sources, for instance. Paint.NET v3.07 is currently scheduled to be released at the end of this month, or in early May. 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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