Software Update: Paint.NET 4.0.8

Jan

1

2016

4.0.7 version of Paint.NET is released and due to an error, this followed immediately. As the name suggests, this program requires the .NET framework to do its job. It started out as a study at Washington State University, replacing it with Windows bundled Paint, but does provide a lot of functionality that we also look at broader commercial packages. Since version 4.0, the program performs much faster, particularly on multicore processors, but does have at least Windows 7 as system requirement. In this update we take include various performance improvements. The complete release notes are as follows:

Paint.NET 4.0.7 is now available

Whew! I originally started work on getting Paint.NET’s title bar area to respect the Windows 10 TH2 “accent color” functionality (All which is NOT easy for a classic (non-universal / desktop) app … how about some documentation, Microsoft ?!). Along the way I found (and rediscovered) many important performance issues that i’ve now fixed. Ook I finally found some fixes for a handful of rare and vexing startup crashes-including one that’s Caused by a silly bug When WPF data binding system initializes (it’s a bug in WPF). Oh, and there’s now a Swedish translation. Various things related to the Shapes tool have been improved as well.

Here are all the the new fixes and changes:

New:

Swedish translation

Added:

Custom Shapes now supports XAML cardinal splines Poly Curve Segment (a new path segment type)

Improved:

Various performance improvements
Performance or “commit ting” (finishing) is now up to 10x faster, greatly Improves responsivness-which for quick drawing operations
Shapes tool quality When drawn without antialiasing, with line styles, and at one pixel brush width
Shapes tool rendering performance on CPUs with many cores (8+)
Installing a “complex” custom shape no longer causes very long hangs at app startup
Image-> Resize is now much faster
the ruler’s performance
Reduced CPU / GPU and battery use When the app is not in the foreground
Reduced CPU and battery use of the UI for the Move and Shapes tools

Changed:

.NET Framework 4.6, is now required, and will be installed if Necessary

Fixed:

Title bar now uses the Windows 10 accent color
Floating windows were not remembering Their locations on some non-English systems
Image-> Resize would sometimes cause the main window to flicker or lose focus
Image-> Resize would sometimes do nothing Instead of resizing the image to a very large size
Labels on the vertical ruler were misleading Because They were on the wrong side of the tick mark
Edit-> Copy now works if the data copied to the clipboard is larger than 2GB
Page Up, Page Down, Home, and End keys now work in the main canvas area
Paint.NET will no longer Incorrectly block Windows from restarting
Rotate / Zoom no longer crashes on very large images
Several rare or uncommon crashes

Fixed in version 4.0.8:

The Line / Curve tool was crashing When drawing vertical lines or Particular lengths.

Paint.NET 4.0 screenshot (620 pix)

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