4.0 alpha (build 5105) is now available

The fourth alpha for 4.0 is now available! To install it, either use the built-in updater from a previous alpha build or head on over to the forum:

Here are the changes and fixes between the previous build (5086) and this one (5105) :

  • Added Bezier curve to the Shapes tool
  • Line/Curve shapes weren’t working with the rounded line cap styles
  • When opening an image (e.g. JPEG), the EXIF orientation/rotation metadata is now applied
  • Fixed: If you change the resolution from Image->Resolution, the selection measurement info in the status bar will now update
  • Fixed the selection tools not always showing the selection measurement info in the status bar
  • Text Tool: fixed Strikethrough being incorrectly rendered as Underline
  • Text Tool no longer interprets something like Alt+9 as the Home key
  • Fixed some effects leaving an empty progress bar in the status bar
  • Fixed the Magic Wand tool sometimes leaving an animated progress bar in the status bar
  • Move tool no longer resets the "angle" displayed in the status bar when you let go of the mouse, and it’s now an absolute angle versus relative to the beginning of the drag operation.
  • Move tools now let you use arrow keys while the mouse button is down. This allows fine precision control over rotations and moves and scales
  • Setup will now install .NET 4.5.1 instead of .NET 4.5
  • Reduced download size by 116KB
  • Fixed the update and language settings not carrying forward from the installer to the application
  • Main window now works in High Contrast mode on Windows 8/8.1
  • Settings dialog can now be accessed with Alt+X
  • Fixed a cosmetic blemish in the Updater dialog (it had a black "footer")
  • Fixed the Language dropdown in Settings sometimes showing up "blank"
  • Fixed a pseudo-crash when using Edit->Paste followed immediately by clicking and dragging
  • Fixed a crash on exit related to Direct2D and WARP


Advertisement 4.0 alpha (build 5086) is now available!

The third alpha for 4.0 is now available! To install it, either use the built-in updater from a previous alpha build or head on over to the forum:

Here’s a list of the changes between the previous alpha build (5064) and this one (5086):

  • Text tool
    • Colored fonts are now supported in Windows 8.1 (e.g. Segoe UI Emoji).
    • You can now choose between Smooth, Sharp (Modern), and Sharp (Classic) rendering. These correspond to the DirectWrite’s rendering modes of Outline, Natural Symmetric, and GDI Classic.
    • OpenType/Adobe fonts are now included in the list of fonts.
    • Fixed some layout glitches that caused text to be incorrectly clipped and/or the cursor to appear in the wrong location.
  • Selections
    • Drawing a rectangle selection with a fixed ratio followed by a Crop operation was often resulting in an extra row or column of partially transparent pixels.
    • When using aliased selection clipping while zoomed in, the selection was often rendered in the wrong location and/or at the wrong angle.
    • When drawing a rectangle selection, the status bar would always say it had zero area.
    • Selection adjustments would sometimes result in half-pixel alignment of the selection outline.
    • Deselecting via pressing Enter or Escape was not working consistently.
    • Fixed some rendering artifacts when scaling the selection to a small size.
    • Fixed some rendering glitches after pasting when a selection was already active.
  • You can now use the middle mouse button for panning at any time.
  • Panning via spacebar while a selection tool was active didn’t always show the correct mouse cursor.
  • UI text now honors the user’s control panel settings for ClearType and antialiasing of text.
  • Edit->Copy now includes the PNG format when initializing the clipboard data, which allows applications like Office to paste with full transparency information.
  • The Diagnostics page in the Settings dialog now includes a “Copy to Clipboard” button and a “Open crash log folder” link.
  • The Eraser tool now uses the alpha value of the current color.
  • Double-clicking the “roll ball” in Rotate/Zoom was not resetting all the values to their defaults.
  • Fixed some visual artifacts when using the Line or Curve shape along with certain arrow end caps.
  • Ctrl+[ was not reducing the brush size by 5.
  • Fixed a crash in the Move and Shape tools when adjusting the rotation anchor while using the Classic theme on Windows 7.
  • Some of the new toolbar items didn’t have tooltips.
  • When hovering the mouse over a taskbar image, the main window was always showing a blank image for the corresponding tab.
  • Fixed a bug in the Colors window where it would incorrectly switch to the Primary color when you clicked on the Hue slider.
  • Removed the legacy Ctrl+Alt+0 keyboard shortcut for View->Zoom to Actual Size, which was preventing some characters from working in the Text tool.