A new beta release of the photo editing program Paint.NET was released on Saturday. Paint.NET requires at least version 3.5 SP1 of the .NET Framework and therefore only works on Windows XP or higher. Updating is preferably possible from within the program itself, but downloading is also an option option. In version 3.5, the user interface has been refreshed. For example, there are new icons and it can use Aero on Windows Vista and 7. There are also several new effects, the program starts up faster and the text tool has been completely rewritten. This beta release mainly shows performance improvements:
- Fixed the bug where saving as 8-bit PNG/GIF/BMP wasn’t always working. This often happened when “Auto” bit-depth was selected, and based on the color complexity of the image it would choose 8-bit (for a smaller file-size) and then fail with “error”. Usually this only happened with larger images.
- Improved performance of Gaussian Blur by 30-40% depending on your CPU (Intel Core i7 seems to show the best improvement).
- Improved performance of all the layer blend modes by 15-30%, depending on your CPU (Intel Atom seems to show the best improvement).
- Improved performance of zooming with the mouse wheel on dual-core Intel Atom systems.
|Version number||3.5.5 beta build 3742|
|Operating systems||Windows 7, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008|