Download Paint.NET 2.2 alpha 1

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The developers behind Paint.NET released the first alpha release of version 2.2 a few days ago. This program can be seen as a replacement for the MS Paint that comes with Windows and is being developed in C# by some people from Washington State University in collaboration with Microsoft. The software only works under Windows 2000, XP or 2003 and of course it will .NET FrameWork must be installed. This version expires on September 28, but a new version will be available before then. The final release will never expire. The changelog of this release looks like this:

Here is a list of the important new features and changes:

  • German translation (about 80% complete)
  • Scaling and rotation of selected pixels (use the Move tool after selecting)
  • Ability to modify a selection with union and subtraction (NOTE: performance is currently quite bad)
  • Unobtrusive update notification system
  • Measurements and rulers available in inches and centimeters, as well as pixels
  • Holding down spacebar allows you to pan with any tool
  • Shift+mouse wheel now scrolls horizontally
  • Brush tools now render a preview that corresponds to the brush size
  • TGA file format support
  • GIF transparency support
  • Many areas have been heavily optimized for performance (scrolling, zooming in, Blur effect, selection rendering)
  • New effect: AddNoise
  • New adjustment: Sepia
  • Brightness & Contrast adjustment now works with luminance, not RGB, scaling. This produces more correct results.
  • New Rotate/Zoom user interface that allows for 3D rotation, tilting, and image tiling
  • Further optimized for dual-core CPUs (Athlon X2, Pentium D) and multiprocessor systems (Xeon, Opteron)


Version number 2.2alpha 1
Operating systems Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003
Website Paint.NET
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License type Prerequisites (GNU/BSD/etc.)
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