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22 September 2011, 16:35

Paint.NET clone Pinta is "Alive and Well"

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Zoom Pinta 1.0 in action
Following news that development on Pinta was to cease, a new community of developers has announced that they will take over the work started by Jonathan Pobst, the project's founder. Earlier this month, Pobst, an open source programmer at Novell, said that the project was "dead" as he was its only developer and no longer had the desire to work on it.

The group of developers, which refers to itself as "The 'New' Pinta Community", says that the project is "Alive and Well" and has "the well wishes of its founder". They thank Pobst for all of his work and note that work on a new release, which will primarily focus on fixing a number of bugs, is already under way. The team ask those interested in contributing to the project to join its Google mailing list and help with translations.

First announced in February 2010, the Pinta simple painting application is an open source Paint.NET clone. The Mono-based image editing application reached 1.0 status in May of this year. The app supports an unlimited number of layers and has a full history so users can undo any of their actions; it has various drawing tools, a clone stamp tool and more than 35 adjustments and effects for tweaking images.

On Mac OS X, openSUSE and Ubuntu, Pinta requires Mono, while under Windows, it requires Gtk# for Windows and Mono for Windows. Pinta is made available under the MIT X11 licence.

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