January 2011 usage statistics – Win7 wins

The last time I posted stats was in September, and Windows XP had finally dropped below the 50% mark. This time around, the identified trends are continuing: XP is down, Vista is down, Win7 is up, 64-bit is up. A new update, v3.5.6, was released in November, which brought some important bug fixes and also a few performance enhancements. The overall usage numbers (“total hits to update manifest”) cannot be directly compared between this month and September because the v3.5.6 update changed the interval for automatic update checking from 5 days to 10 days, giving the appearance of less activity. This was done to spread out the bandwidth use for new updates, and was an easy change to justify. Anyway here we go …

Windows 7 is now up to about 45% of the user base, a gain of almost 17% since last time. XP has fallen further to less than 40%, which is a drop of almost 9%. Vista has also fallen, by about 14% down to 15.5% total. An important sum here brings the total of Win7 + Vista to just over 60%, which is the percentage that will be able to run Paint.NET v4.0 upon its release, which will require Vista SP2 as I’ve stated before. 64-bit adoption has also grown another 16% and is now more than 1/4th of the user base, a trend I’m still very happy to see continue. I highly recommend running 64-bit Windows 7! It really is the best configuration for running Paint.NET, and my personal favorite of the 3 major editions of Windows that Paint.NET v3.5.x supports.

The percentage of Russian users continues to gain steadily as well – by almost 20% since September! Other than that, there isn’t a whole lot of change worth mentioning in the rest of the stats.

Work on Paint.NET v4.0 is progressing steadily. I’ve recently added support for the Windows Animation Manager, and have employed it in the image thumbnail list to very good effect! Scrolling and fading animations seem superfluous on first discussion, but they really add to the polish of the application, and I’ve found they even improve perceived performance. I’ve found that interleaving creative and technical work helps to keep things more interesting. I’ve been doing some additional work to enable better use of Aero Glass, such as rendering the image thumbnails up into the title bar area.

I’m also considering a public release of pre-alpha builds, in order to get early and important testing and validation of the new .NET 4.0 platform and related installation changes. Maybe I’ll be able to do this by March! There won’t be a big chunk of new features (compared to v3.5.x), but from a “scientific” standpoint this is a good thing. Testing one thing at a time can be a very good strategy, and I’m quite sure there’s plenty of appetite for newer versions of Paint.NET even if they are pre-alpha bits (not the cereal!). There are a few more changes that need to go in before I feel comfortable doing this, such as fault-tolerant saving. Right now Paint.NET, when told to save, will write directly to the file you’ve already saved – it needs to save to a temporary file first, and then swap over the original file only once that has completed successfully.

Anyway that’s all for now!

Look ma, pie chart!

  September 2010 January 2011  
Total  hits to update manifest 3,598,716 3,563,906  
Hits per day 116,087 114,965  
32-bit 77.53% 73.92%  
64-bit 22.47% 26.08% alt
Windows XP 43.42% 39.57%  
Windows 2003 0.18% 0.14%  
Windows Vista / 2008 18.14% 15.55%  
Windows 7 / 2008 R2 38.25% 44.74% alt
English 40.33% 37.81%  
non-English 59.67% 62.19%  
German 15.78% 16.01%  
French 7.68% 8.07%  
Portuguese 4.91% 4.67%  
Spanish 5.77% 5.46%  
Japanese 2.46% 2.35%  
Italian 3.77% 3.67%  
Polish 1.39% 1.68%  
Netherlands (Dutch) 1.43% 1.45%  
Russian 10.63% 12.74%  
Chinese (Simplified) 0.66% 0.59%  
Chinese (Traditional) 0.48% 0.46%  
Turkish 0.70% 0.86%  
Korean 0.27% 0.25%  
All other languages 1.02% 1.03%  
Have translations 81.62% 78.87%  
Don’t have translations 18.38% 21.13%  

11 thoughts on “January 2011 usage statistics – Win7 wins

  1. Jon says:

    Pre-alpha builds would be cool. My experience from using early builds of web browsers is that there’s a lot of geeky fun trying out new features and watching them evolve.

    The Windows Animation Manager sounds interesting, being primarily an ASP.NET developer I’d not heard of it. Have your developed your own .NET wrapper for it?

  2. Gleb says:

    Thank you! I think that Paint.NET is the best solution to image editing on Microsoft Windows. It’s very simple, but at the same time very powerful tool.
    I recommend it to all my friends who want to have a simple editing but they do not want to buy such a monster like Photoshop.

    From Russia with Love ;0)

  3. Richard says:

    Thanks for the consistent work! I’ve been a fan of Paint.Net since I discovered over two year ago.

    A Pre-alpha would be great but…. is there a chance that we could get screenshots before that? 🙂

  4. Pent says:

    Wouldn’t transactional NTFS work better for fault-tolerant saving? Saving to some other file and then swapping breaks the “Previous Versions” feature and you have to manually copy various file attributes (security and encryption for example).

    • Rick Brewster says:

      Transactional NTFS could work great. Except when you’re saving to a non-NTFS drive. So, there still has to be an alternate implementation. I’d forgotten about TxNTFS though, I’ll be sure to check it out. Is “previous versions” important or even available on, for instance, external media? (USB stick or something)

    • Rick Brewster says:

      I’ve implemented this so that TxNTFS is used if posible. Else, the file is saved to a temporary, then swapped over to the original via two renames and a delete. My testing shows that this preserves the Creation Date metadata (via tunneling, go look it up on Raymond Checn’s blog), and I wouldn’t be surprised if Previous Versions was happy with it. If not, then this is still preferable to clobbering all the original file data.

      TxNTFS isn’t available on non-NTFS volumes, or for encrypted files, among other scenarios.

  5. thinsmek says:

    It is great to hear that v4 development is still driving forward! I have been using Paint.NET for graphic design and photo manipulation for some time now. Just a few weeks ago, I installed The GIMP for the first time – I was finding the lack of rendering tools on Paint.NET was preventing me from doing many things. I hope we will see the Path Select tool in PDN sometime soon.

    Cheers from New Zealand ts

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