4.0.5 is now available

There were a few bugs that got introduced in 4.0.4, so here’s an update that fixes them. Chiefly among these bugs are a break in how the Magic Wand tool works, a crash when using Effects, and one when trying to use the Shapes tool.

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

  • Fixed: Subtraction mode in the Magic Wand tool was generating B-A instead of A-B.
  • Fixed: Crash when using Effect –> Repeat.
  • Fixed: Crash (AccessViolationException) on some systems when initializing the canvas for hardware accelerated rendering. It will still crash but then switch to software rendering for the next startup, which will then avoid the crashing.
  • Fixed: Crash when clicking on the Shapes tool if you had run an old 4.0 beta/alpha and had also changed which shape is used at startup to be a line or curve.
  • Fixed: Crash when using Settings –> Update –> Check Now due to incorrectly determining that UAC is not enabled.



29 thoughts on “ 4.0.5 is now available

  1. Markus says:


    The program draws distances and rulers depending on DPI. This works for printing (I assume) but not for correct on-screen reproduction of distances. Is there a switch somewhere or another way for me to set it so that the program will always try to reproduce correct rulers for my *screen*?

  2. Sah War says:

    Awesome fixes!

    Here are 2 suggestions for the next releases:
    1. How about increasing the number of color wells of the palette to 256 and showing the number of the color in the palette if the selected color(s) are in the palette? Example: .
    2. Right now the only part of PDN that truly sucks is the brush tool, it’s just a circle. I’d recommend implementing MyPaint’s open source brush engine and adding its brushsets: . I read the other people have also expressed interest in having a better brush (engine/tool/presets). 😉

    Other than that, the corrections are most welcome, I really like the 4.0.4 release and this bugfix release is also a nice addition. 🙂

    • Jacer says:

      Fisher, There is 2 things you could do, freehand it or use your brain and use a oval tool instead of the square tool.

  3. DiscoStriker says:

    It was really weird. I couldn’t find the last update.

  4. James Taylor says:

    Can we get some more Brushes and features. I feel like we are missing out on some cool stuff. I like that your updating it but I’d like to see more come to pdn

  5. HarryFRT says:

    I should post this at the forum but I think here will be better(plus I just got my account locked for typing wrong password…). I want to mention that the Traditional Chinese translation have been modified after the release of the stable version but so far I haven’t seen them. Can you check?

  6. anderwriter says:

    Thanks for this!

    Any chance of fixing P.N so it “remembers” where we open dialog boxes, rather than having it always open them right in the middle of our images so we must drag them off to the side to see how effects are being applied? What a time-saver that’d be.

    Of course, I realize many P.N users have too much extra time, and welcome the chance to spend some of it dragging dialog boxes around over and over… So maybe you’d prefer to make it an option. :?D

  7. Oki Wan Ben0bi says:

    Gimp doesn’t work anymore and Photoshop is to costly, so THIS is the alternative.
    But for that to be “fully operational”, we need this:

    I have a Wacom-Tablet with an eraser on the stylus.
    This one must be recognized as *another* click device.

    Example: I select pencil with the pen, then turn that thing and select…say…rectangle with the eraser. When I now turn the pen back, the toolbox should select the pencil again. Toolbox needs to recognize “two different mouse pointers”. Could you do that? I could offer my help, I’m a programmer. 😉

    Thanks for this great program, anyways.


  8. kieran6955 says:

    I recently got 4.0.5 and I have no idea on how to outline text, I went onto effects – styleize – outline but it just made the whole page white

  9. Aaron says:

    I am getting an error when resizing dpi on jpg and trying to save it out :

    System.Runtime.InteropServices.ExternalException (0x80004005): A generic error occurred in GDI+.

    at System.Drawing.Image.Save(Stream stream, ImageCodecInfo encoder, EncoderParameters encoderParams)

    at PaintDotNet.Data.JpegFileType.OnSaveT(Document input, Stream output, PropertyBasedSaveConfigToken token, Surface scratchSurface, ProgressEventHandler progressCallback) in d:\src\pdn\paintdotnet\src\PaintDotNet\Data\JpegFileType.cs:line 72

    at PaintDotNet.FileType.Save(Document input, Stream output, SaveConfigToken token, Surface scratchSurface, ProgressEventHandler callback, Boolean rememberToken) in d:\src\pdn\paintdotnet\src\Data\FileType.cs:line 284

    at PaintDotNet.Controls.DocumentWorkspace.c__DisplayClass30.b__28() in d:\src\pdn\paintdotnet\src\PaintDotNet\Controls\DocumentWorkspace.cs:line 2969

    at PaintDotNet.Functional.Func.Try(Action f) in d:\src\pdn\paintdotnet\src\Base\Functional\Func.cs:line 174

  10. techzend says:

    Thanks alot for updating it, I wasn’t using the previous version of because of crashing issues, installed 4.0.5 and not faced any crashes yet.

  11. Zinc says:

    Are there any plugins that provide the ability to scale around a center point? The click-drag of the ellipse is pretty useless, I can’t think of when I’ve EVER wanted to drag out a ellipse by its bounding box rather than center-radii. I figured I could draw a figure on a new layer and scale and move that, but again, scaling won’t operate from a fixed center point but from a corner edge of its bounding box. This makes it REALLY hard to do certain things…

    • Zinc says:

      Oh, and someone suggested using the radial gradient, but it blocks the underlying layer so you can’t use it as a guide, and I want an outline not a filled circle….. oh well.

  12. bmabh says:

    Thanks for the update! I love this image editor. However, I have not figured out how to use the cut and crop function yet. I need to search and find out how to use it as the crop icon is not clickable for the old version.

  13. Gary D Aker says:

    how do i crop photo; under image tabe, “crop to selection” is not working. is there another avenue? also, reversing colors, how can you adjust the intensity of the negative effect?

  14. Ken Cooper says:

    Hi. Am I the only one for whom the recolor tool doesn’t work? It’s behaving just like the paintbrush tool. I’m using the latest release (4.0.5)

  15. Mavadelo says:

    I have been and still am a very happy pdn user since I think v2 or even before that, came across it by accident and never looked back as they say. I wanted to take this opportunity to convey my thanks. keep up the good work 🙂

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