Image Editor Paint.net 3.5.2 Released - gHacks Tech News

Image Editor Paint.net 3.5.2 Released

The popular image editor Paint.net for Windows has been updated by its developer to version 3.5.2.

Paint.net is a free image editor for the Windows operating system that - like GIMP - offers most options and features that are usually only found in commercial image editors such as Adobe Photoshop.

The image editing software offers all the basic image editing options one would expect such as resizing images, adding text to them, performing other image manipulations and so on and so forth.

It does - as the name suggests - require the Microsoft .net Framework 3.5.

The new version fixes several performance issues including a memory leak and stability fixes. Below is a list of what's been fixed in Paint.net 3.5.2.

  • All font face variants (e.g., Arial vs. Arial Narrow) are now available with the Text tool in Win7/Vista with DirectWrite.
  • Bitmap font types (e.g. Courier, Terminal, Fixedsys) are now available with the Text tool in Win7/Vista.
  • Fixed some bad text kerning with the Text tool at small font sizes when antialiasing was turned off.
  • For the Image->Resize function, the quality, correctness, and performance of Bilinear and Bicubic sampling modes have been improved. Super Sampling also has some performance improvement.
  • Improved the rendering quality for the Hue/Saturation adjustment. Also made a new icon for it.
  • Fixed many subtle rendering issues with the Move Selected Pixels tool. These were apparent when flipping or rotating a selected area.
  • Fixed: The Line/Curve tool was applying pixel snapping to the curve nodes, which caused lines to "bend" when using the Shift key to constrain the angle.
  • Fixed some extraneous CPU usage related to unnecessary or redundant thumbnail updates.
  • Fixed a few dialogs that looked wrong with Aero glass with Remote Desktop or Virtual PC.
  • Fixed a nasty memory leak with Flatten followed by Undo.
  • Fixed some issues related to effects that took awhile to cancel. As it turns out, drag-and-drop was enabled at this time, which easily lead to crashes or hangs.
  • Some Win7 systems could not detect that .NET 3.5 SP1 was installed, even though it was. A fallback detection function has been added.
  • For plugin authors, the Effect class now has a pollable IsCancelRequested property. This can be used to improve responsiveness for expensive OnSetRenderInfo() implementations which are otherwise non-interruptible.
  • For plugin authors, the Surface.FitSurface() method is now optimized to use multiple threads, which improves performance.

The Paint.net 3.5.2 update can be downloaded from the developer's website. The software itself should pick up the update through its automatic update option as well if the feature is activated making it a tad bit more comfortable.

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