Paint.NET is free image and photo editing software for computers that run Windows. It features an intuitive and innovative user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools. An active and growing online community provides friendly help, tutorials, and plugins.
* Now requires (and uses!) .NET Framework 3.5 SP1.
* Significant improvements to the installer. Prerequisites are now handled in a
much more user-friendly fashion (it's no longer "go to the Microsoft website and
decipher geek talk and download stuff")
* The auto-updater can now download in the background, and then install the
update after you've exited Paint.NET. Compare this to v3.36 and earlier that
jump in your face and require the download and installation to happen right now,
and block you from using the program until it's done!
* New effect: Blurs -> Surface Blur, by Ed Harvey
* New effect: Distort -> Dents, by Ed Harvey
* New effect: Distort -> Crystalize, by Ed Harvey
* The responsiveness of effect dialogs has been greatly improved.
* When zoomed-in, the rendering quality has been substantially improved.
http://blog.getpaint.net/2008/12/07/pai ... zoomed-in/
* When zoomed in, it is now much easier to
correctly resize or move a selection.
* Improved performance when opening multiple images, especially for systems with
only 1 processor.
http://blog.getpaint.net/2008/09/11/pai ... humbnails/
* Memory usage has been greatly reduces when more than one image is open.
* The selection outline is no longer animated, which substantially reduces CPU
usage. It also uses XOR blending.
* The middle mouse button can now be used to close an image tab
* Improved the Unfocus effect
* Fixed an issue with Gaussian Blur and its treatment of alpha values
* Fixed a crash with the "Units" selector in the toolbar area
* Added a "Utilities" menu, and moved the following menu items there: Check for
Updates, Language chooser, and View Plugin Load Errors. For the alpha release,
there are also menu items for "Force Crash" and "Perform Full GC" (you'll know
what that means if you're a developer -- Otherwise it isn't interesting).
* Installer now has a "Start Paint.NET" checkbox at the end. (On Vista and Win7
with UAC enabled, it will correctly start Paint.NET at non-elevated privilege.)
* Renamed "Grid" to "Pixel Grid", to more accurately describe its functionality.
* The DirectDraw Surface (.DDS) file type now allows you to select the
resampling algorithm for auto-generated mip-maps
* Effect plugins now have access to a "Services" property which allows them to
properly access certain internal Paint.NET functionality.
* Fixed some very small memory leaks when opening many images
* Russian translation.
http://blog.getpaint.net/2009/02/26/rus ... -paintnet/
* A processor that supports SSE is now required (almost all CPU's purchased this
decade satisfy this)
3.5 build 3424 alpha
Product page: here