Paint.net 4.1.6: performance improvements and new options
Paint.net 4.1.6 was released earlier today. The new version of the image editor for Windows comes with performance improvements, new features, and several fixes.
Paint.net is my image editor of choice. I use different image editors, e.g. GIMP as well, but Paint.net offers the right functionality and performance for my use cases (mostly editing of screenshots or images before they are uploaded to the Internet).
The new version of the image editor was released on March 18, 2019 officially and is the first release of 2019. We reviewed the major release Paint.net 4.1 last year.
Users who run Paint.net already on their devices may select Preferences > Updates > Check Now to run a manual check for updates to get the update automatically.
Paint.net 4.1.6 comes with several new features; some focus on improving the application's compatibility in high-res environments, another improves the save functionality significantly.
High-res icons were redone completely according to the changelog to support up to 400% scaling and to match the Microsoft Office style guidelines. Plugins get a new option to use a new class to make decisions "about DPI and scaling" easier.
Users who open and edit multiple images and photos in Paint.net regularly find a new useful Save All option under File to save changes of all images in one operation. You may also use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl-Alt-S to invoke the command if you prefer that.
Open Recent, an option that displays recently opened images in Paint.net displays ten entries now instead of eight. The menu won't change its size if you move between monitors with different DPI settings.
Users who close Paint.net with many images open should notice that the application closes much faster in those scenarios thanks to improvements done to speed up the termination of the application.
What else is new or changed?
- Image thumbnails react to horizontal mouse wheel or trackpad swiping.
- Ctrl-Shift-F6 and Ctrl-Shift-F8 reset the floating window sizes for History and Layers.
- Settings > Plugin Errors shows up even if there are no errors to distinguish between "all plugins loaded without errors" and "plugins still loading" states.
- Prevented problematic plugins from affecting the "undo" system.
- Fixed a crash issue.