Paint.net 4.2: a new version of this free alternative to Photoshop comes full of changes

Photoshop is one of the best applications we can find to edit images on a computer. This is one of the most complete and professional applications that we can use, whether we are professionals or fans of image editing. However, the Adobe editing application is paid, and it is not a cheap application, so many times users should look for other alternatives that allow them to edit images easily without having to spend so much money on the license. And this is where Paint.net comes into play.

Paint.net is a completely free image editing application that we can find for multiple operating systems.

Paint.net is a completely free image editing application that we can find for multiple operating systems. This application was initially born as a more complete and professional alternative to Paint, the drawing tool of Microsoft, however, with the passage of time has been improving and becoming much more complete to look a lot like Photoshop.

This application is completely free and we can download it from the following link without any limitations. In addition, we can also download this application in UWP format for Windows 10 from the Microsoft Store, although in this format we do have to pay in order to be able to give a better maintenance to the application.

After the release of version 4.0 in 2014 and 4.1 in 2018, a few hours ago, those responsible for the development of this design tool announced the launch of a new version, Paint.net 4.2 , an update that comes with a large amount of changes, improvements and developments that we will see below.

News from Paint.net 4.2

Paint.net has two main objectives. The first is to imitate many of the aspects of Photoshop and the second to offer as many features and features as possible so that users can work with this design tool as easily as possible.

Thus, one of the most important developments that we can find in this new version is that, finally, it is compatible with the HEIC format, a high-quality image format used mostly by Apple devices, such as Macs and iPhones. In order to open this image format with Paint.net we must have installed the HEVC video extensions and, in addition, be users of Windows 10 version 1809 or later.

The other image formats have also been improved internally to be more compatible with the application and to be able to work with any type of image with total normality, without any type of compatibility problems. Now, for example, it is possible to save images in PNG with interlacing, and some special formats, such as TGA, now open much faster.

The overall performance of the application has also been improved , especially when opening especially large images. Anyway, when the image exceeds 32,000 x 32,000 pixels, there is still a considerable performance problem.

The Windows Explorer thumbnails of some formats have been improved and corrected, in addition to having added new keyboard shortcuts to the program to be able to move in it much more easily and comfortably.

We can see the complete list of changes and corrections that have arrived to the new Paint.net 4.2 in the following link .