Pinta (software)

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Original author(s)Jonathan Pobst
  • Cameron White
  • Robert Nordan
  • Olivier Dufour[1]
Initial releaseFebruary 7, 2010; 14 years ago (2010-02-07)
Stable release
2.1.1[2] Edit this on Wikidata / 26 February 2023
Written inC# (GTK#)
Operating systemLinux, Mac OS X, Windows
  • Windows: 2.5 MB
  • Ubuntu: 1.4 MB
  • Mac OS X: 1.6 MB
Available inMultilingual (55 languages)
TypeRaster graphics editor

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.[3] Pinta has more features than Microsoft Paint. Compared with open-source image editor GIMP, Pinta is simpler and has fewer features.[4]


Pinta is a bitmap image editor with many features typical of image editing software including drawing tools, image filters and colour adjustment tools.[4] 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.[5]

History and development[edit]

Development of Pinta began in February 2010 and was driven by Jonathan Pobst, then working at Novell.[6][7] The first stable release was in April 2011.[5] In September 2011 Pobst announced that he was no longer interested in developing Pinta.[8] A new group of developers continued the project.[4][9] Version 1.6 brought improved shape tools and union, exclude, xor, and intersection modes.[10] Version 1.7 was the final release on GTK2.[11]

Pinta is written in C# and uses the GTK+ toolkit and the cairo library. The code adjustment and effect filters, originally came from Paint.NET but otherwise the project is original code.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Pinta team. "Contact - Pinta". Archived from the original on 7 August 2013. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
  2. ^ "Pinta 2.1.1 Release Notes".
  3. ^ Purdy, Kevin (9 February 2010). "Pinta Brings Paint.NET's Just-Enough Image Editing to Every Computer". Lifehacker. Retrieved 1 May 2012.
  4. ^ a b c Germain, Jack M. (3 July 2012). "Image Editing Is a Snap With Pinta". LinuxInsider. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
  5. ^ a b c The H Open. "Version 1.0 of Pinta Paint.NET clone released". Retrieved 24 January 2012.
  6. ^ Pobst, Jonathan (7 February 2010). "Introducing Pinta". Retrieved 1 May 2012.
  7. ^ a b Holwerda, Thom (8 February 2010). "Introducing Pinta, a Gtk+ Clone of Paint.NET". OSNews. Retrieved 1 May 2012.
  8. ^ Sneddon, Joey (6 September 2011). "Development Ceases On Open Source Graphics App 'Pinta'". OMG! Ubuntu!. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
  9. ^ Sneddon, Joey (12 September 2011). "Pinta Revived, New Release Planned". OMG! Ubuntu!. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
  10. ^ "Release Notes 1.6 - Pinta". Retrieved 2024-04-09.
  11. ^ "Release Notes 1.7.1 - Pinta". Retrieved 2024-04-09.

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