Paint.NET has been my favorite image/photo manipulation tool for years and a great alternative for clumsy, but more powerful GIMP or more powerful and more expensive Adobe Photoshop. It has one of the best interfaces I’ve ever used, it’s nimble and does all the tasks that I use it for with excellence. I really enjoy using it for my every day image work.
What’s new in 3.5.11:
- Fixed: The Gaussian Blur effect was incorrectly calculating alpha values for non-opaque pixels. (http://forums.getpaint.net/index.php?/topic/18483-gaussian-blur-mistreats-alpha)
- Improved performance of the Sharpen effect by about 25%
- Improved performance of the Median effect by about 30%
- Improved performance of the Fragment effect by about 40%
- Improved performance of the Unfocus effect by about 100%
- Reduced memory usage when many selection manipulation operations are in the history/undo stack (the undo data is now saved to disk)
- The built-in updater now supports upgrading to paint.net 4.0 (once it’s available)
But there have been rumors after a long time of no updates that Paint.NET project is dead. The truth is, it’s not dead and never was. Developers announced a major milestone, version 4.0 long time ago and they have been working on it ever since. This 3.5.11 update is basically just an infrastructure update that will allow the program to update directly to version 4.0 when it will become available. But since Paint.NET developers don’t want to release only infrastructural updates, they chucked in a hand full of performance improvements for various effects.
I’m really looking forward to start using new 4.0 which will hopefully arrive sometime soon 🙂