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I like MS Paint for its simplicity. It’s small, fast, and quite handy for creating a simple button/banner (Like the one you see below Capt. Jack Sparrow’s picture on the sidebar).

Until I found Paint.NET. This program’s loading time is slower to MS Paint by less than 1 second. So it’s nothing to complain. The interface is almost similar to MS Paint

Some feature comparison between MS Paint and Paint.NET:

FeaturesMS PaintPaint.NET
Tabbed document interfacenoyes
Live thumbnailnoyes
Number of Colors Supported28 (although you can select other colors by going through the menu: Colors – Edit Colors – Define Custom Colors)alot 😛
Special Effects (sharp, blur, emboss, distortion, etc.)noyes

And a lot more features …

And the best part, it’s open source. The online community is very active. So you can expect many plugins written by the community.

Paint.NET Minimum System Requirements:

  • Windows XP (SP2 or later), or Windows Vista, or Windows Server 2003 (SP1 or later)
  • .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
  • 200+ MB hard drive space
  • 64-bit support requires a 64-bit CPU that is running a 64-bit version of Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows Server 2003, and an additional 128 MB of RAM

Get Paint.NET Now!!!

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About Hardono

Hi, I'm Hardono. I am working as a Software Developer. I am working mostly in Windows, dealing with .NET, conversing in C#. But I know a bit of Linux, mainly because I need to keep this blog operational. I've been working in Logistics/Transport industry for more than 11 years.

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  1. Absolutely agree. Paint.NET is a great tool and the price is literally unbeatable!

  2. Actually, MS Paint does have a live thumbnail option. When zoomed, you can go to View, zoom, and click the ‘show thumbnail’ option. Its not the greatest thumbnail, but its something.