Pinta (software)

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Original author(s)Jonathan Pobst
  • Cameron White
  • Robert Nordan
  • Olivier Dufour[1]
Initial releaseFebruary 7, 2010; 12 years ago (2010-02-07)
Stable release
2.0.2[2] Edit this on Wikidata / 13 January 2022
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] 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]

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]

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;[5][10] 6 bug fixes
1.1 November 13, 2011 Several improvements and bug fixes, first release with new maintainers[11]
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[12]
1.3 April 30, 2012 Bug fixes[13]
1.4 September 27, 2012 Magic Wand tool selection modes; new layer blending modes; copy/paste support for the text tool.[14]
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 OS X 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[15]
1.6 March 1, 2015 Re-editable shapes; Union, exclude, xor, and intersection selection modes; Add-in repository; numerous bug fixes[16]
1.7 August 4, 2020 UI improvements; Tab view to switch between images, Dragging and dropping a URL to open image; Zooming and panning supports; Performance improvements when interacting with selections; numerous bug fixes[17]
1.7.1 November 20, 2021 Canvas can be scrolled horizontally, primary and secondary palette colors can be swapped, numerous bug fixes and minor improvements. Likely to be the final GTK2-based release.[18]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Pinta team. "Contact - Pinta". Retrieved 24 January 2012.
  2. ^ "Release Notes 2.0.2 - Pinta". 13 January 2022. Archived from the original on 14 January 2022. Retrieved 29 March 2022.
  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. ^ Pobst, Jonathan. "Pinta 1.0 Released". Retrieved 24 January 2012.
  11. ^ Morlock, Johnathan. "Release Notes 1.1". Retrieved 16 August 2012.
  12. ^ Morlock, Johnathan. "Release Notes 1.2". Retrieved 16 August 2012.
  13. ^ Morlock, Johnathan. "Release Notes 1.3". Retrieved 16 August 2012.
  14. ^ Morlock, Johnathan. "Release Notes 1.4". Retrieved 28 September 2012.
  15. ^ White, Cameron. "Release Notes 1.5". Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  16. ^ White, Cameron. "Release Notes 1.6". Retrieved 2 March 2015.
  17. ^ White, Cameron. "Release Notes 1.7". Retrieved 6 August 2020.
  18. ^ "Release Notes 1.7.1 - Pinta". PintaProject. 2021-11-20. Retrieved 2021-12-04.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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