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Paint.NET depends on Microsoft's .NET Framework 4.6, which is automatically installed if it isn't already on the system.

Editors' Review

by   / August 31, 2014

Paint.NET is a full-featured image editing program that gives you tons of tools to work with through an intuitive and streamlined interface. Whether you just want to touch-up your photos before you share them with friends or you need high-quality images for another type of project, this program will get you where you need to go.

Pros

Nice interface: This app presents all of the tools you need to create beautiful images in a clean and accessible way. Many of these are arrayed around the main working window, while others are contained within their own windows, which you can reposition anywhere on the screen to clear the space you want to work in.

Lots of tools: Whether your project involves adding layers, introducing text, or using filters and effects to get the look you're going for, you'll find what you need in this program. There are more options in all of these categories than you'll probably ever use, giving you the ability to create just about anything you could imagine.

Cons

No extremes: This program is a good option for intermediate users. It isn't quite accessible enough to make it the right choice for users who have no experience with photo editing programs, and it doesn't offer all of the advanced features that experienced users will be looking for.

Layers for text: While this app does let you introduce text into your images, you have to create it in a separate layer if you want to be able to move it around or experiment with it as you work. This may not be a huge inconvenience, but it does add an extra step to a lot of projects.

Bottom Line

Paint.NET has a lot to offer when it comes to editing and enhancing images for a variety of purposes. It's a free app that provides nearly as much functionality as some of the more highly rated image editing programs and makes these features available to everyone.

What do you need to know about free software?

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 4.1.6

  • Completely redone high-res icons throughout the app which match the Microsoft Office style guidelines, with native support for up to 400% scaling (384 DPI)
  • File -> Save All (thanks @Bruce Bowyer-Smyth!)
  • Turkish language
  • Move Layer commands are now present in the Layers menu, not just on the Layers window
  • Layers -> Rotate 180 (thanks @null54!)
  • Plugins can now use the UIScaleFactor class, which simplifies making decisions about DPI and scaling
  • Image thumbnail list at the top of the main window now reacts to horizontal mouse wheel or trackpad swiping
  • The Text Tool's "Font Size Metric" button now has a tooltip explaining it
  • When many images are open, Paint.NET now closes significantly faster
  • File -> Open Recent now has up to 10 images (up from 8 )
  • Ctrl+Shift+F6 and +F7 will now also reset the floating window sizes for History and Layers, respectively (same if you Ctrl+Shift+Click on the button at the top-right of the main window)
  • (for plugins) EffectFlags.SingleRenderCall is deprecated. Plugins should use the new EffectRenderingSchedule.None option instead.
  • Settings -> Plugin Errors now shows up even if there are no plugin errors. This ensures consistency, especially with the newly asynchronous nature of plugin loading (otherwise there's no way to distinguish "no errors" from "not done loading plugins").
  • Items in the File -> Open Recent menu will no longer get bigger or smaller when moving between monitors with different DPIs
  • An icon handle was being leaked every time a dialog was opened
  • Fixed a crash when running GPU effects (e.g. Black & White) on very large, very tall images
  • "Bad" plugins can no longer ruin the undo system by rendering outside of the selection

General

Publisher dotPDN
Publisher web site http://www.dotpdn.com
Release Date March 18, 2019
Date Added March 19, 2019
Version 4.1.6

Category

Category Digital Photo Software
Subcategory Photo Editors

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 7/8/10/8.1
Additional Requirements .NET Framework 4.6.1, Windows 7 SP1

Download Information

File Size 8.44MB
File Name paint.net.4.1.6.install.zip

Popularity

Total Downloads 8,539,464
Downloads Last Week 2,889

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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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