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A bug came up on the Bugs & Troubleshooting page. Rick explained that it was caused by some rather temperamental elements of the .NET framework, and expressed interest in replacing them with other, more robust elements.

I asked whether there was anything along the roadmap about walking away from the .NET framework altogether, and Pyrochild pointed out that the program would need a name change if that happened...I suggested something along the lines of "The Knights who Until Recently Said 'Ni.'" But Pyro pointed out that "The Program Formerly Known as Paint.NET" doesn't roll off the tongue nearly as well as "PdN."

Does anyone here have any better ideas? Remember, it's just for fun; I doubt there will ever be any need for this. But what would you call Paint.NET if you were to rename it?

 

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Actually, I said "The Program Formerly Known as Paint.NET"

Fixed. And I like B.I.T.E.

 

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Amy: But how did it end up in there?
The Doctor: You know fairy tales. A good wizard tricked it.
River Song: I hate good wizards in fairy tales; they always turn out to be him.

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Walking away from .NET for Paint.NET is not something I plan on doing. It is an extremely productive development platform for me (and I've written a lot of C++ in the past). I may add more 'native' code (C/C++, assembly) in the future*, but that won't change the backbone of the application away from managed/C#/.NET.

A name change is a terrible idea because I've spent the last 3 1/2 years building a brand that finally has some level of ubiquity. Changing the name is just not something you do when you have an established name that people recognize and even trust. For instance, I doubt you'll ever see Adobe change the name of Photoshop even if they started adding, say, 3D modeling to it (oh wait, they have!). It's not like they say, "Oh we added 3D to it. Hmm, we need a more appropriate name! All we have to do is abandon the 15 years of accumulated value in the Photoshop brand."

However, to explore this alternative universe where Paint.NET ditches .NET, I still don't see the need to drop the .NET out of the name. The '.net' part of the name can just refer to the online parts of Paint.NET. That being the help file, auto-updater, forum, and any other online community or service related to Paint.NET that would spring up (the first two are admittedly in there just to make the list longer). Changing the name would only appease the Slashdot nerds who would freak out because it's not longer using "Micro$oft" .NET.

* For various reasons. Probably because I'd have fun getting back into doing things like SSE2 code for image processing. And I think it'll be make it easier for implementing various aspects of plugin isolation that need to be done (like running them out-of-process, for starters).

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You make an excellent point. I don't think abandoning an established, trusted name would make a whole lot of sense. It would be like replacing Darrin.

I just thought it made an interesting topic. And you have to admit, B.I.T.E. sounds darn cool. :-)

 

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Amy: But how did it end up in there?
The Doctor: You know fairy tales. A good wizard tricked it.
River Song: I hate good wizards in fairy tales; they always turn out to be him.

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BITE doesn't mean anything though. It's as bad as that other free image editor, which has one of the least insightful names ever. I have a strong dislike for all those random names that people throw onto their free software projects. Isn't there some window manager called xvf or something? What a horrible name!

I did consider changing the name at one point, for a few reasons. The names I liked the best were variants of fxPaint or paint.fx (pronounced without the '.'). I think those were taken though or something, and even then it just wasn't worth ditching the accumulated value of the Paint.NET name.

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Ooh, yeah...The BITE? Hmm. All you'd need is a little raccoon or fox mascot (whatever that is)...

Their UI is not something you want to be associated with. Good call.

Paint.fx sounds cool, though...I like it.

 

The Doctor: There was a goblin, or a trickster, or a warrior... A nameless, terrible thing, soaked in the blood of a billion galaxies. The most feared being in all the cosmos. And nothing could stop it, or hold it, or reason with it. One day it would just drop out of the sky and tear down your world.
Amy: But how did it end up in there?
The Doctor: You know fairy tales. A good wizard tricked it.
River Song: I hate good wizards in fairy tales; they always turn out to be him.

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Eric Ignatius* Brewster! If you change the name of Paint.NET, I will find you and I will slap you!

See? I can be serious too! :D

Although.... if I were to make my own graphics editor, I would call it BITE, though I don't know what the B would be for, seeing as I'm not a Brewster.

*totally made that up.

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Eric Ignatius* Brewster! If you change the name of Paint.NET, I will find you and I will slap you!

Although.... if I were to make my own graphics editor, I would call it BITE, though I don't know what the B would be for, seeing as I'm not a Brewster.

*totally made that up.

you could change the B to like the first letter in your last / first / middle name.

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My new suggestion is Pyrochild's Image Editing System. I love PIES...

 

The Doctor: There was a goblin, or a trickster, or a warrior... A nameless, terrible thing, soaked in the blood of a billion galaxies. The most feared being in all the cosmos. And nothing could stop it, or hold it, or reason with it. One day it would just drop out of the sky and tear down your world.
Amy: But how did it end up in there?
The Doctor: You know fairy tales. A good wizard tricked it.
River Song: I hate good wizards in fairy tales; they always turn out to be him.

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The Doctor: There was a goblin, or a trickster, or a warrior... A nameless, terrible thing, soaked in the blood of a billion galaxies. The most feared being in all the cosmos. And nothing could stop it, or hold it, or reason with it. One day it would just drop out of the sky and tear down your world.
Amy: But how did it end up in there?
The Doctor: You know fairy tales. A good wizard tricked it.
River Song: I hate good wizards in fairy tales; they always turn out to be him.

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