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Announcing Tux Paint 0.9.21

Includes new Magic Tools from 2008 Google Summer of Code students

(Davis, CA, USA — June 29, 2009) Tux4Kids and New Breed Software are pleased to announce Tux Paint 0.9.21, the newest version of the award-winning and completely free drawing program for children.

Tux Paint 0.9.21 features nearly two dozen new Magic tools, as well as updates to old favorites. Many of these were developed by six students from around the globe during Google's 2008 Summer of Code program, under the mentorship of Tux Paint developers.

Exciting new Magic tools include intelligent train tracks that automatically connect when their paths cross, a realistic rainbow tool, a fisheye lens effect, edge and silhouette tracing tools, various string art effects, and a tool to fold the edges of your drawing up from the corners. There is also a brush that paints with 'toothpaste', and others that paint with confetti, rain, snowballs, and snowflakes! Additionally, many classic Magic tools (like Blur and Tint) can now affect the entire drawing, instead of just a selected area.

Coloring-book style Starter Images are now easier to make. Images with transparency (alpha channel) are still supported, but additionally, if no transparent layer is found, Tux Paint will assume that white is the background color. This means you can now draw or scan any simple black-and-white image and use it as a Tux Paint Starter Image!

New in Tux Paint 0.9.21, the Text tool now supports bidirectional languages like Hebrew and Arabic, thanks to the FriBidi library. Tux Paint has also been translated to two new languages, Shuswap and Songhay, and many other translations have been updated.

On Linux, environment variables (like "$HOME") may now be used when setting directories for saving images or finding data files.

And of course, Tux Paint 0.9.21 incorporates a number of minor improvements and bug fixes requested by the Tux Paint community. For example, Tux Paint no longer drops out of fullscreen mode in Windows if the [Windows] key is pressed (XP, 2000 and Vista only), and it brings up an error window if it fails to print.

For a complete list of changes, see the Tux Paint change log, Tux Paint Config. change log and Tux Paint Stamps change log.

Tux Paint 0.9.21 and the new Stamps collection are available for download free of charge from the project's website for Microsoft Windows Vista, XP and 2000, Red Hat and Fedora Linux, Intel- and PowerPC-based Apple Mac OS X systems, BeOS/Zeta/Haiku, and as source-code.

For further information, visit: www.tuxpaint.org, www.newbreedsoftware.com and www.tux4kids.com.

To learn how you can help contribute to the Tux Paint project as a volunteer, visit: www.tuxpaint.org/help.


Press Contacts

North America
Bill Kendrick
1132 Drummond Avenue
Davis, CA 95618 USA
Phone: (530) 902-7416
Email: bill@newbreedsoftware.com

South America
Gabriel Gazzán
Montevideo, Uruguay
Email: gablistas@gmail.com

Frederico Gonçalves Guimarães
Email: frederico@teia.bio.br

Flavio Pastore
Turin, Italy
Email: ironbishop@gmail.com

East Asia
Tux Paint Chinese Team
Website: http://tuxpaint.cn/

Southeast Asia
Email: mugunth@thamizha.com

Friedel Wolff, Translate.org.za
South Africa
Email: info@translate.org.za

Middle East
Khalid A. Al Holan, Assefseer Inc.
Saudi Arabia
Email: tuxpaint@assefseer.com (Arabic)


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Press Release by: Bill Kendrick and Melissa Hardenbrook

URL for this press release: http://www.tuxpaint.org/latest/tuxpaint-0.9.21-press-release-en.php