This tool is simple enough for beginners yet packed with powerful features and advanced tools. NeoPaint makes it easy for business and home users to touch up photographs and create great looking graphics for desktop publishing, presentations and the Internet. Supports Animated GIF, JPEG, PNG, BMP, ICO, PCX, TIF and more. Includes many paint and photo retouching tools, layers, alpha channel, levels/histogram, curves, natural media and custom brushes, 2D/3D shapes, soften, sharpen, red-eye, special effects, masking, textures, color separations, stamps, multi-level undo, rulers, grids, gradients, image browser, screen capture and more.
What's new in this version: Version 5.1.2: Auto Trim special effect, added support for bitmap fonts (in addition to True Type), improved support for transparent GIF images, bug fixes and several other enhancements.
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"Sophisticated yet easy to use"
Version: NeoPaint 4.7c
Lots of features/functions; fairly easy to use (with caveat).
May not be intuitive for some people.
I use their old, free, DOS version of NeoPaint, but, since the advent of Windows 95, with variable length file/directory names, improved graphics, etc, it is something of a dinosaur, so I tried this new version, and was pleasantly pleased at how much had improved.
Yet, some functions were, mysteriously, taken away, or made more complicated. For example, the brush size used to be a simple click to 3 "common" sizes, or you could click "other" to set it yourself. That has been changed to a sliding scale (or enter a numeric width), but, the presets were far more convenient. Also, there used to be a way to select a color, and then click on the corresponding pallete color to change it (i.e., copy/paste a different color, or modify the color by hand via an RGB scale or number entry); there doesn't seem to be a way to do that, now.
Having said all that, the user interface, graphics, and functions are a wonder, lending both relative ease-of-use (though, perhaps, not intuitive for those not familiar with paint programs) with extraordinary functions and capabilities that many other such programs lack or aren't fully-fleshed out or are too sophisticated. For example, the "flexible" polygon/shape/lines allow you to set (or remove) "points" anywhere within a Neopaint polygon/shape/line, so that you can make it as detailed as you want; most other similar software I've used forces you to enter only the points they give you or as-you-go, with no way to change them (n.b., in all cases, as soon as you "finish" the polygon/shape/line, you cannot see/edit those points, again, but, that seems to be a common functionality (or lack thereof!) in all paint/CAD programs I've used.
Is it worth the $45? Considering that the DOS version was free, perhaps not. But, comparing it with some of the other software I have tried (but not, necessarily, reviewed), most of which cost beyond the $100 mark or even the freebies you get with some computers/printers/scanners, I'd have to say that it could be superior to those and well worth it.
In case you're wondering, I don't buy software except in extraordinary circumstances, especially when there are alternatives available (even lesser ones!), so I did not buy this.
"Meh, an advanced Microsoft Paint (Demo)"
Version: NeoPaint 4.7b
Has the ability to add textures and effects, but you can't adjust the amount on some of them.
-- allows screen captures
--grayscale, negetive, cropping
---you can create stamps to go over images
---add polygon shapes
No opacity. When you erase, it also erases original picture, you have to manually toggle through icons; like I had to first use eyedropper, than switch back to the tool.
*On a scale of 5, I gave this a 3 because there are way way worse programs.
I really would not spend $45 on this.
"Not All It's Cracked Up To Be"
Version: NeoPaint 4.6c
In my DOS days long ago the first paint program I ever used on my PC was NeoPaint for DOS. I used it until I went to Windows and Paint Shop Pro. I decided to revisit NeoPaint after trying and using many other paint programs such as Artweaver, OpenCanvas and even Photoshop. I must say NeoPaint for Windows is a disappointment. It seems to lack basic tools such a Zoom button. Instead you have to navigate using a preview window and a slider to zoom in an out. Not a very precise way of doing it. Also NeoPaint has a problem handling colors. When I import a favorite palette which is balanced for NTSC video it shifts all the colors in the palette. The selection tools, especially the magic wand just does not work well. All in all it does not meet my needs as a good solid paint program. The others I mentioned are simply better and easier to use. Download the trial version and see for yourself.
"The Best Paint Program Out There"
Version: NeoPaint 4.5a
This is the best paint program I have ever used. Once you start it's confusing but after a few minutes of praticing you get the hang of everything. And you learn more as you go along. This is so far the best paint program I have used and I recommend it to everyone out there that I know of. If you haven't download it you should.
P.S. Its not as good as PSP but it cost less and is less confusing.
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