Thursday, November 22, 2007

Paint.NET - tiny free Photoshop alternative for Windows or Mono

Paint.NET is free image and photo editing software for computers that run Windows. It features an intuitive and innovative user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools. An active and growing online community provides friendly help, tutorials, and plugins.

The programming language used to create Paint.NET is C#, with a small amount of C++ for installation and shell-integration related functionality. The source code is available under the terms of the MIT License.

The system requirements are:

  • .NET Framework 2.0
  • 500 MHz processor (Recommended: 800 MHz or faster)
  • 256 MB of RAM (Recommended: 512 MB or more)
  • 1024 x 768 screen resolution
The program itself is packed into a stunning 1.5MB, and is surprisingly fast and easy to use.

The program also runs on Linux and such (Solaris, MacOS, etc.) via Mono and makes a great light weight MIT licensed alternative to GIMP.

Get Paint.NET!