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January 29, 2007
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Windows XP/Vista
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Windows XP/2003 Server/Vista, Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0

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If you just want to retouch images a bit, Photoshop is overkill. Check out Paint.NET, an open-source freeware editor with all the essential tools, including those for cropping, rotating, resizing, adjusting colors, and creating collages.

Paint.NET supports the most popular image formats--JPEG, PNG, GIF, TIFF, and others--but not superhigh resolution ones like RAW. However, you'll find such basic effects as Red Eye Removal, Emboss, Mosaic, and Oil Painting, and a few higher-end features such as Clone Stamp, Lasso Select, and Magic Wand. Like a full-fledged graphics package, Paint.NET even supports layers and an actions manager. The interface is very convenient, and the panels are semitransparent, so you won't need to hide them.

Version 3 fixes many old quibbles. Multiple-image editing is done through a convenient thumbnail manager in the upper-right corner of the app; blurry tool icons have been sharpened as well. Paint.NET is far better than Microsoft Paint, and given its free price, it's a no-brainer for anyone who does a lot of minor graphical tweaking.

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  • 4 stars

    "Better than MS Paint"

    September 08, 2014   |   By msturmco

    Version: Paint.NET 4.0.3


    Works as advertised. I find it has more features compared to MS paint.


    None so far.


    Great paint product. To all dimwits who installed malware - pay attention. Just keep clicking NO to all offers. There is more than one.

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  • 1 stars

    "CNET / ARE U FOR REAL ??"

    September 06, 2014   |   By bobojack

    Version: Paint.NET 4.0.3


    If It didn't have soo much bad stuff might be good


    Anything I have read says that it malwayers the HELL out of your computer
    I have Bullguard and It stop the Load !!
    Cnet I will never trust you adain
    and the Editor ?? what he have a too much drink
    or bribe ????


    Do your research on line about ANYTHING CNET Recommends
    Your Eyes will be open !

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  • 5 stars

    "The best free picture editing program I've ever used!"

    September 06, 2014   |   By Crystalh73

    Version: Paint.NET 4.0.3

    Pros is by far the best free picture editing program I've EVER used. It is so user friendly and if you have any questions there are tons of tutorials online.


    I haven't had anything go wrong in five years of using this program.


    I have downloaded it on every computer I have used (work and home) for the last 5 years. I just downloaded it onto my new work computer and didn't have any of the issues of malware or added programs I read about in some of the other reviews. The "magic wand" is my most favorite tool to use. It's so cool!!!

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