Like I said before, the first concrete work I’m doing for Paint.NET v4 is focused on the installer and updater. A lot of people have told me that they use Paint.NET infrequently, or that when they start it up they "just want to get something done really quickly." Updates really get in the way of that, and people are starting to get used to Firefox’s ability to install an update after you’ve finished your current session. As a result, many people are still sitting on old versions of Paint.NET. Bummer 😦

Paint.NET v4 will support this:

I’m choosing to not have a "cancel" or "do not install" button in order to better encourage (trick?) people into installing the update. However, it’s still possible to skip out on installing the update … just click the ‘X’ in the top right corner.

The wording and graphics are still first draft. I’ll probably want a separate button icon for each of them.

Unfortunately this all won’t be available until v4 ships … which means that a v3.xx -> v4 upgrade, which requires the installation of .NET 3.5 SP1 in many cases, cannot benefit from the more casual "install once I exit" option.

On another note, the "Optimizing performance for your system…" portion of installing, which uses ‘ngen.exe’ to precompile Paint.NET, is much faster now with .NET 3.5 SP1. I’ve also made the installer report real progress on this operation instead of using the "marquee" or "indefinite" mode.

Another thing I’m doing is implementing features in an order such that I could potentially ship a Paint.NET v3.50 from this codebase if I decided it was necessary. It might be a good idea to get .NET 3.5 SP1 installed on everyone’s systems sooner rather than later!

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