Pinta (software)

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Pinta icon.png
Simple Painting for Gtk.
Original author(s) Jonathan Pobst
Developer(s) Cameron White
Robert Nordan
Olivier Dufour
Initial release February 7, 2010 (2010-02-07)
Stable release 1.5 / May 24, 2014; 3 months ago (2014-05-24)
Development status Active
Written in C# (GTK#)
Operating system Linux, Mac OS X, Windows
Platform Mono/GNOME
Size 1.2 MB ... 2.2 MB
Available in Multilingual (55 languages)
Type Raster graphics editor
License MIT X11

Pinta is an open-source, cross-platform bitmap image drawing and editing program inspired by Paint.NET, a similar image editing program which is limited to Microsoft Windows.[2] Pinta is lighter and simpler than open-source image editor GIMP. It has fewer features than GIMP.[3]


Pinta is a bitmap image editor with many features typical of image editing software including drawing tools, image filters and colour adjustment tools.[3] The focus on usability is reflected in several of the main features of the program:

Unlike some simple image editing software, Pinta also features support for image layers.[4]

History and development[edit]

Development of Pinta began in February 2010 and was driven by Jonathan Pobst, then working at Novell.[5][6] In September 2011 Pobst announced that he was no longer interested in developing Pinta.[7] A new group of developers continued the project.[3][8]

Pinta is written in C# and uses the GTK+ toolkit and the cairo library. Some code, specifically image adjustment and effect filters, is shared with Paint.NET. Pinta is under active development.

Version Release date Major changes
0.1 February 7, 2010 Initial release
0.2 March 15, 2010 Improved layer and history windows; zoom, paint bucket, color replacer, line, and pan tools; live preview for layer changes; multithreading support for effects and adjustments
0.3 May 3, 2010 Live preview for adjustments and effects; pixel-precise zoom; gradient, magic wand and text tools; 26 new effects ported from Paint.NET
0.4 July 6, 2010 Internationalization support; docking windows; OpenRaster support; saving in BMP, ICO and TIFF formats in addition to JPEG and PNG
0.5 November 2, 2010 Multiple image support; TGA format; palette editing; more languages; bug fixes
0.6 January 11, 2011 53 bug fixes; improvements to the “History” feature stability; rewritten text tool
0.7 March 2, 2011 Text outline support; more bug fixes
0.8 March 31, 2011 Bug fixes
1.0 April 27, 2011 First stable version;[4][9] 6 bug fixes
1.1 November 13, 2011 Several improvements and bug fixes, first release with new maintainers[10]
1.2 April 22, 2012 Individual layers can now be rotated arbitrarily; tools have specific mouse cursors; improving gradient tool; image autocrop; added image preview to the images pad; bug fixes[11]
1.3 April 30, 2012 Bug fixes[12]
1.4 September 27, 2012 Magic Wand tool selection modes; new layer blending modes; copy/paste support for the text tool.[13]
1.5 May 24, 2014 Re-editable text; Mouse cursors now resize based on the active brush size; The Move Selection and Move Selected tools can now rotate the selection using the right mouse button; Added an Invert Selection command; New or redesigned mouse cursors for every tool; Improved OSX integration (file associations and improved dock integration); Redesigned Windows installer, which automatically downloads and installs the correct version of GTK# and the .NET Framework if necessary; Improved JPEG Compression Dialog (remembers previous settings and has the OK button as the default control); The Open File dialog now shows image previews for ORA files, as well as any file formats provided by add-ins [14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Pinta team. "Contact - Pinta". Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  2. ^ Purdy, Kevin (9 February 2010). "Pinta Brings Paint.NET’s Just-Enough Image Editing to Every Computer". Lifehacker. Retrieved 1 May 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c Germain, Jack M. (3 July 2012). "Image Editing Is a Snap With Pinta". LinuxInsider. Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c The H Open. "Version 1.0 of Pinta Paint.NET clone released". Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  5. ^ Pobst, Jonathan (7 February 2010). "Introducing Pinta". Retrieved 1 May 2012. 
  6. ^ Holwerda, Thom (8 February 2010). "Introducing Pinta, a Gtk+ Clone of Paint.NET". OSNews. Retrieved 1 May 2012. 
  7. ^ Sneddon, Joey (6 September 2011). "Development Ceases On Open Source Graphics App ‘Pinta’". OMG! Ubuntu!. Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  8. ^ Sneddon, Joey (12 September 2011). "Pinta Revived, New Release Planned". OMG! Ubuntu!. Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  9. ^ Pobst, Jonathan. "Pinta 1.0 Released". Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  10. ^ Morlock, Johnathan. "Release Notes 1.1". Retrieved 16 August 2012. 
  11. ^ Morlock, Johnathan. "Release Notes 1.2". Retrieved 16 August 2012. 
  12. ^ Morlock, Johnathan. "Release Notes 1.3". Retrieved 16 August 2012. 
  13. ^ Morlock, Johnathan. "Release Notes 1.4". Retrieved 28 September 2012. 
  14. ^ White, Cameron. "Release Notes 1.5". Retrieved 26 May 2014. 

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