Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, Pinta is an open-source drawing application, similar to Paint. It has a simple and intuitive interface, allowing users to do basic photo manipulation. While it does not have the advanced features of GIMP, it provides basic drawing features, unlimited undo, multiple layers and 35 effects.
The latest version available is Pinta 1.6, which has been recently released, coming with changes.
New Features and improvements:
- Redesigned shape tools (demo video): The Line tool now supports drawing curves and arrows
Shapes remain editable after being drawn, All shape tools now support drawing dashed lines
- All selection tools now support the Union, Exclude, Xor, and Intersection modes
- New community add-in repository – add-ins can be installed through the Add-in Manager dialog (via the Add-ins menu)
- Redesigned New Image dialog, which includes presets, orientation and background options, and a thumbnail preview of the image.
- The toolbox and color palette now have a flexible layout and can expand horizontally, making them significantly more usable on small screens.
- When launching Pinta from the command line, the standard –version and –help options are now supported.
And the below bug-fixes:
- Fixed a number of issues with the text tool’s support for Unicode text
- Fixed a number of issues with undoing selections
- Fixed a number of untranslatable strings throughout Pinta, and the zoom toolbar’s percentages are now formatted using the current locale.
- The text tool now supports the standard shortcuts for toggling bold (Ctrl+B), italic (Ctrl+I), and underline (Ctrl+U), and all of the text can be selected with Ctrl+A.
- Fixed a potential crash after undoing a text action
- Fixed a crash when holding both the left and right mouse buttons with the Pencil tool
- Fixed issues with zooming in very far on large images
- Fixed a potential crash when exiting Pinta
- Fixed issues with the toolbar’s state (hidden vs. visible) not being preserved after re-opening Pinta
- Fixed several bugs where undo did not work correctly for the Freeform Shape tool
- Fixed a bug where resizing a selection allowed the selection to grow beyond the edge of the canvas
- The selection handles are now larger and easier to click
- Fixed bugs where using the Recolor tool after the Line/Curve tool resulted in odd behavior
- The error dialog now includes a link to the bug tracker
- Improved the error message when opening an unsupported file format
- Fixed an issue where cancelling the saving of a jpg image made it appear that the image had actually been saved
- Auto-hiding now works correctly for the history and open images pads
- Auto Crop now works correctly if there is an active selectionThe progress dialog is now modal
- The Backspace and Delete keys are now usable when editing text fields in the toolbar
- Improved the readability of the text cursor against dark backgrounds
In this article I will show you how to install Pinta 1.6 on Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn, Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr, Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca, Linux Mint 17 Qiana, Pinguy OS 14.04, Elementary OS 0.3 Freya, Deepin 2014, Peppermint Five, LXLE 14.04, Linux Lite 2 and other Ubuntu 14.10 and Ubuntu 14.04 derivative systems.
Because it is available via PPA, installing Pinta 1.6 on Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04 and derivativ systems is easy. All you have to do is add the ppa to your system, update the local repository index and install the pinta package. Like this:
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pinta-maintainers/pinta-stable
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install pinta
Optional, to remove pinta, do:
$ sudo apt-get remove pinta
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