Paint.NET 5 drops Windows 8.1 and 7 support, pressure sensitivity, GPU rendering, more


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Paint.NET, a popular free image editor that we recently mentioned in our “Top 11 Apps for Windows 11 Users” article, has received a major feature update. Version 5.0 is now available for download from the official website, which includes a number of new features, improvements and fixes. This marks the end of support for Windows 7 and 8.1, two operating systems Microsoft killed on January 10, 2023.

Key changes in Paint.NET 5.0 include GPU rendering for more tools and plugins, pressure sensitivity for pens and drawing tablets, embedded color profile support (Paint.NET does not currently support color management, which developers expect in future updates). Dates intend to fix) are included. , an all-new plugin system with several new adjustment tools (exposure, highlights, shadows, temperature, and tint), new effects, and hardware acceleration support. Developers note that older Paint.NET plugins will continue to work, but plugin creators must now target their projects to the new system with its many advantages.

In addition to dropping Windows 8.1 and 7 support, Paint.NET is ending the 32-bit x86 platform. From now on, installing Paint.NET is only possible on 64-bit systems (including ARM64) with Windows 10 and 11.

You can download Paint.NET 5.0 from Official website or within an existing installation (Settings > Updates > Check now.). Users can also purchase the app. In the Microsoft Store To help developers continue to support the project. The full Paint.NET 5.0 release notes are available. On the official Paint.NET forums.


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