5.0.3 is now available

This update adds the ability to draw shapes from the center, the ability to resize shapes and selections uniformly (from the center), as well as the usual handful of bug fixes.

In this update I’ve also rewritten the Direct2D initialization code to modernize it (switching away from ID2D1HwndRenderTarget, in other words). For now you should see no difference, in terms of rendering or performance, compared to previous versions. Future updates should see reduced memory usage and improved canvas interaction capabilities as I investigate and integrate the use of newer Windows libraries like DirectComposition and DirectManipulation.

For all the details on what’s new in 5.0 (there’s a lot!), check out its release post.

Changes since 5.0.2:

  • New: You can now draw from the center when using the Shapes or Line/Curve tools by holding down Ctrl. You can also resize uniformly by holding Ctrl.
  • New: You can now resize uniformly (“centered”) by holding down Ctrl when using the Move Selection or Move Selected Pixels tools
  • Fixed: Edit -> Copy and Copy Merged are no longer greyed out (disabled) when a selection is not active; they will copy the entire layer or image. You could always use the keyboard shortcuts (Ctrl+C or Ctrl+Shift+C) to invoke these commands, but the menu items were not clickable.
  • Fixed: Right-clicking on the color wheel in the Colors window will now set the secondary color
  • Fixed some issues with the Text tool recentering the view when it shouldn’t when keys like Ctrl are pressed
  • Fixed some JPEG images failing to load because of malformed IPTC metadata
  • Fixed a rare crash in the Magic Wand and Paint Bucket tools
  • Fixed an uncommon rendering glitch with the Text tool when antialiasing is disabled
  • Fixed an issue with some older plugins that were using the legacy Gaussian Blur effect with radius=0
  • Added an /ignoreCorruptPDNChunks command-line parameter to assist with certain data recovery scenarios for .PDN files
  • Updated the Direct2D initialization code in order to modernize it and enable future work that will optimize performance, memory use, and interactivity (e.g. with DirectComposition and DirectManipulation)
  • Updated the bundled DDSFileTypePlus plugin to version, which adds error diffusion dithering support for the BC1-3 formats (thanks @null54!)

Get the Update

There are two releases of Paint.NET:

  • Microsoft Store release (recommended)
  • Classic Desktop release
    • Download the installer from the website. This is the recommended download if you don’t have Paint.NET installed. It can also be used to update the app.
    • If you already have it installed, you should be offered the update automatically within the next week or so, but you can also get it immediately by going to ⚙ Settings -> Updates -> Check Now.
    • Offline Installers and Portable ZIPs are available over on GitHub.

10 thoughts on “ 5.0.3 is now available

  1. wr00t says:

    I don’t get it how exactly you draw from the center. When i hold Ctrl, i see little + appears, but it still draws a rectangle starting with its top left corner.

    • Rick Brewster says:

      Drawing from the center is for shapes, not selections. Holding Ctrl when drawing a selection uses the “Add (union)” combine mode (you can also choose this in the toolbar).

      • wr00t says:

        Yes. i was trying circle and rectangle shapes. If i don’t hold Ctrl and start drawing, it starts in a corner and when you drag right and bottom, you get the circle. When i hold Ctrl nothing changes, it draws from the corner.

  2. wr00t says:

    Have used msi for a few years and i only had /qn switch for it. And yesterday, when i pushed 5.0.3 on top of 5.0.3 it suddenly restarted my PC (see event that msi requested a restart). I have now added /norestart to my command. Will see if this not happen again. Maybe it was because i just used right before updating it and maybe some dll was still locked by Windows or something.

  3. omninano says:

    Awesome, thanks for this update! Can’t wait for the feature to be added allowing for moving sections of multiple layers at the same time!

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