paint.net 4.0.2 is now available

This update is focused on fixing a few key regressions in functionality from 3.5, as well as fixing some other small (but important!) bugs.

As usual, you can download it directly from the website, or you can use the built-in updater via Settings –> Updates –> Check Now.

Changes since 4.0.1:

  • Fixed the gamma and contrast for text rendering on some systems where the wrong values were being used ("rainbow" text)
  • Colors window now correctly lets you paste a hex color value that starts with a hash, e.g. #112233
  • Gradient tool now lets you reverse a transparency gradient by clicking the right mouse button on one of the handles (regression from 3.5)
  • Move Selected Pixels now lets you hold Control to leave a copy of the selected area behind on the initial move (regression from 3.5)
  • Paint Bucket tool’s hatch fill modes weren’t working with the Overwrite blending mode (regression from 3.5)
  • Fixed a keyboard tabbing issue in the Resize dialog (regression from 3.5)
  • Fixed the language setting in the Settings dialog not always allowing you to set it to English if your system’s default language is non-English
  • Fixed a performance issue that caused images with many layers (50+) to take a VERY long time to open, close, or even switch away from (regression from 3.5)
  • Fixed a rare crash at application exit
  • Fixed an issue that prevented 4.0.1 from installing on top of 4.0 when using the MSI (e.g. AD/GPO network deployment)
  • Fixed an issue that would sometimes cause the installer to take 30+ seconds to appear

Enjoy!

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20 thoughts on “paint.net 4.0.2 is now available

  1. JCB says:

    Rick, thanks for a great application.

    I’m a novice. I’m trying to use Jesse Chunn’s Color Replace plug-in to replace a white background with a transparent one. I have tried many settings in the plug-in, but have been unsuccessful. It would seem to me that setting each of the channels to 255 with a tolerance range of 0 would select white, but it seems to select all pixels, i.e., the entire image turns transparent. I would submit this question to Jesse, but he does not seem to be on the forums anymore. Any help you could give me would be appreciated.

    Jim Brown

  2. Angelus says:

    Generally a really good piece of software, but I’d guess that the creator has never tried to use it full-screen on a 2560×1080 monitor – the zoom controls are now SOOOOO far away from the rest of the toolbuttons! (And no, I don’t like having to switch between mouse and keyboard)

    • Rick Brewster says:

      My primary monitor is 2560 x 1600. I like zooming with Ctrl + mouse wheel. Maybe you could *try* getting used to it rather than immediately jumping to conclusions.

  3. Elliot Labs says:

    Hey, Rick,

    I LLLLOOOOVVVEEE paint.net. Could you add a full screen mode to it? That would be interesting to mess around with.

    @Angelus gave me the idea when he was complaining about a maximized window 🙂

    also, I am trying to get it to work with wine (winehq.org) and I can’t figure out what other internals paint.net requires besides .net 4 and direct x (I think it needs direct x based upon your older posts.)

  4. Scott says:

    Marvelous piece of software! You’ve done a brilliant job with this Rick, and with the patience of a saint too I might add.

    • John B. says:

      @Hell2000
      +1 from me, always allow panning past the canvas (not just when zoomed)

  5. John says:

    I can’t use Paint.Net any more because the language isn’t changeable. My Windows version is non-English, so Paint.Net installs in non-English. Changing the language to English in the settings (little gear wheel) makes no difference when Paint.Net is restarted.
    Can this be fixed soon? Or is there a work around?

  6. Sad says:

    hi! i can’t update to the current version from version 3.5. it is not detecting any new updates.

    • Rick Brewster says:

      I’m guessing that you’re on Windows XP. The new versions of Paint.NET require Windows 7 with Service Pack 1, or newer (e.g. including Windows 8 and 8.1).

  7. Matt says:

    I love paint.net. It’s my default program for picture adjustments. Easy to use and the new update is great. Thanks so much!!!

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