More on Multicore JIT

Last month I posted about how you can use Multicore JIT, a .NET 4.5 feature, even if your app is compiled for .NET 4.0. It’s a great feature which can help your app’s startup performance with very little code change: it’s essentially free. In some cases (e.g. ASP.NET) it’s enabled automatically.

But wait, there’s more!

Over on the .NET Framework Blog, Dan Taylor has posted a really good write-up about Multicore JIT with graphs showing the performance improvements when it’s applied to Paint.NET 4.0, Windows Performance Analyzer, and Windows Assessment Console. I was involved in the code changes for each of these (obviously for Paint.NET), which leads into the next link …

We also did a video interview with Vance Morrison (Performance Architect on .NET) which is now posted over at Channel 9: http://channel9.msdn.com/posts/net-45-multicore-jit

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Paint.NET in the Firefox/Google search suggestions box

Try this in the latest Firefox. First, make sure your search provider is set to Google, and then type “paint” in the search box. A drop down box filled with suggestions will be sent back from the Google servers, and …

… “Paint.NET” is the third suggestion J

Edit: Woops, it was usedHONDA on the forum that found this. Sorry I forgot to mention that!

Paint.NET … as seen on TV!

A CBS affiliate in California had a short segment on free software, and they mentioned Paint.NET. There’s an online article by Jeanette Pavini that also includes a short clip from the TV broadcast.

Denny Arar of PC World magazine said a software program called Paint.net offers good features for digital photographers.

“It’s an amazingly capable image-editing application. It does all the cropping, color correction — things you used to have to pay to get in software,” Arar said.

Maybe the Paint.NET logo should have a “As see on TV!” sticker J </kidding>

Paint.NET shows up on Maximum PC July 2007 cover disc

An intrepid forum member, “startreksuite,” pointed out that Paint.NET is on the latest cover disc. This was, as usual, news to me! So I stopped by Best Buy with a friend earlier today and after nerding out on all the video games and movie DVD’s and high-def TV’s, I found the issue and lo and behold, on the back of the issue …

Heck yes, very cool! It looks like they included version 3.05, so most of those who install will quickly get an invitation to upgrade to 3.08. Wow, I spent $9 on this thing! I wonder when they’ll start e-mailing me about these things 😉

I was going to pick up the PC World with Paint.NET in it, but they only had the June issue. I don’t think it’s set to make an appearance until the July issue, which should of course be any day now.

Paint.NET ranked as the 19th Best Product of 2007


So I was drinking my morning coffee and I happened to do a quick ego search for Paint.NET at http://blogsearch.google.com . To my surprise I saw half a dozen blogs linking to a new PC World article where Paint.NET had been ranked as the 19th Best Product of 2007!

19. Paint.net
(image editing software; free) This open-source photo editing application packs tons of muscle into a measly 1.3MB download that doesn’t cost a dime. Impressive.

The word I use to describe my reaction is floored. Regardless of the footnote-worthy review text, that ranking puts Paint.NET above industry heavyweights such as Gmail (#31), YouTube (#34), Firefox (#35), Picasa (#36), and Digg.com (#58)!

Thank you PC World! That’s definitely an issue worth buying 😉