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23 April 2012, 10:31

Version 1.2 of the Pinta Paint.NET clone released

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Pinta logo More than five months after the last update arrived, version 1.2 of the open source Pinta Paint.NET clone has been published. This new release of the simple painting application introduces several features, including an "AutoCrop" function for automatically cropping an image.

In Pinta 1.2, tools such as the pencil or paint bucket now have "specific mouse cursors" that reflect the tool currently in use, and individual layers of an image can be rotated arbitrarily. Support for multiple CPU cores has been added to the gradient tool, improving rendering time, and support for image preview has been added to the images pad. Other changes include the addition of a white text background option and a show image previews option in the Open File dialogue, as well as fixes for 17 bugs.

While the new version is considered to be stable, there have been reports of problems that can lead to freezes and the application crashing. In a response, Pinta contributor Cameron White says that "Stability is definitely my #1 focus for the next release."

A full list of bug fixes and changes can be found in the release notes and in the commit history. Pinta 1.2 is available to download for Ubuntu and requires Mono; Windows is also supported and requires .NET 4, Gtk# for Windows and Mono for Windows. Hosted on GitHub, source code for Pinta is made available under the MIT X11 licence.

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