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Announcing Tux Paint version 0.9.30

Sizing options give Magic Tools a variety boost

(May 20, 2023; updated May 24, 2023) The Tux Paint development team has released version 0.9.30, offering an update to dozens of Magic effect tools.

Magic tools updated

Re-sizing options are now available on many of Tux Paint's Magic tools — a large set of tools supplied with the app that offer effect filters such as Blur, Darken, and Smudge; and whimsical artistic effects like Rosette, Googly Eyes, and Flowers.

Brushstroke tools and filters, such as Metal Paint, Kaleidoscope, Tint, and Desaturate, now allow artists to choose the radius of the tool, allowing both finer and coarser application of effects than previous versions of Tux Paint, where each tool only provided a single, hard-coded size.

The Tux Paint team understands that offering more features, and hence additional UI elements, can add complexity that may not be appropriate for novice users. Therefore, this new feature, like many other elements of Tux Paint, can be deactivated. If the new sizing feature is deactivated, all Magic tools will revert to their previous behavior.

Screenshot of Tux Paint with a set of frogs, with different sizes of blocky, water ripple, and negative color effects applied to them, and a rainbow strokes of different thicknesses. Screenshot of Tux Paint with different sizes of rain drops, tube shapes, and flowers, and a symmetric drawing of a tree and clouds with strokes of different thicknesses.

Other Major Improvements

  • The Foam, TV, String V, and String Corner Magic tools, and some Shape tools received minor enhancements.
  • Labels that appear on tool buttons will word-wrap, when possible, to improve legibility.
  • Tux Paint Config., the graphical tool for configuring Tux Paint's settings, is now also available for Haiku OS.

Various additional improvements, bug fixes, and localization updates are also part of this release. Release notes for each component contain a complete list of changes:

A Free Download

Tux Paint is available for download, free of charge, from the project's website: https://tuxpaint.org/. Tux Paint is open-source software and does not contain in-app advertising.

Version 0.9.30 is currently available for Microsoft Windows, Apple macOS, Android, Red Hat Linux, Slackware Linux, various Linux distributions (via Flatpak), Haiku, and as source code.

For further information, visit https://tuxpaint.org/. To learn how to contribute to Tux Paint, visit: https://tuxpaint.org/help/. You can also follow Tux Paint on various social media platforms; see https://tuxpaint.org/contact/#social.


This version of Tux Paint was made possible by Bill Kendrick & Luc Schrijvers; with localization updates by Jacques Chion, Abdoulbaki Seydou Cissé, Sveinn í Felli, Mohomodou Houssouba, Jozef Říha, TOYAMA Shin-ichi, & 臧传明; and ports by Tim Dickson, Mark Kim, Pere Pujal i Carabantes, Luc Schrijvers, TOYAMA Shin-ichi, & Will Thompson.

Trademark Notices: Apple, & macOS are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. Flatpak is a registered trademark of GNOME Foundation. Android is a registered trademark of Google LLC. Haiku is a registered trademark of Haiku, Inc. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. Microsoft, & Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corp. Slackware is a registered trademark of Patrick Volkerding. Red Hat is a registered trademark of Red Hat, Inc.

Press Release by: Bill Kendrick <bill@newbreedsoftware.com> & Melissa Hardenbrook.

URL for this press release: https://tuxpaint.org/latest/tuxpaint-0.9.30-press-release.php

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