Pinta developers have announced the release of Pinta 2.0 as a major update to this open-source, free, and cross-platform drawing and image editing software written in GTK+ and .NET.
Pinta 2.0 comes just over a month after the release of the Pinta 1.7.1 update, and it’s here to finally port the paint program over to the GTK+ 3 and .NET 6 application frameworks for a more modern look and feel and new functionality.
Thanks to the GTK+ 3 and .NET 6 porting, Pinta not only looks better and more modern, but also offers improved support for HiDPI displays, support for platform native file dialogs and support for GTK+ 3 themes.
In addition, the text tool has been updated to use the standard GTK+ font picker widget, and several other tools have also been updated to use rotary controls instead of editable list boxes.
Since this is a major update, it also includes several improvements for a better drawing experience. For example, it’s now possible to save both primary and secondary palette colors in the app’s settings, along with the ability for all included tools to save their settings on reboot.
Furthermore, Pinta 2.0 adds a status bar widget that contains the information about position/selection, zoom and color palette, changes the tool palette into a single column, adds support for the canvas that can be panned by clicking and dragging with the middle mouse button, and adds the ability to view recently used colors in the color palette widget.
Pinta 2.0 improves, among other things, the performance of the Paint Bucket and Magic Wand tools, as well as the selection tools when modifying a selection interactively, and improves the Paste in New Image action to no longer create several unnecessary history items.
The Images path and plug-in support have been removed from this release, although the developers promise the latter will return in a future update. Of course, several bugs have been squashed to make Pinta more stable and reliable when editing your images. For more details, see the GitHub Release Notes.
Meanwhile, you can download Pinta 2.0 right now from the official website as a Flatpak or Snap app that you can install in almost any GNU/Linux distribution that supports these universal binary formats. The source code can also be downloaded for those who want to compile the software themselves.
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