Krita 4.1.5 Improved Support for HiDPI / Retina Screens

October 13, 2018


Digital painting software Krita 4.1.5 was released yesterday. The new release features much improved support for scaling on hi-dpi or retina screens, and many bugs fixed.

Krita 4.1.5 release highlights:

  • Associate Krita with .ico files
  • Auto-update the device pixel ration when changing screens
  • Disable autoscrolling for the pan tool
  • Disable drag & drop in the recent documents list
  • Disable zoom-in/out actions when editing text in rich-text mode
  • Do not add template files to recent documents list
  • Do not allow creating masks on locked layers.
  • Do not close the settings dialog when pressing enter while searching for a shortcut
  • Fill polyline shapes if some fill style was selected
  • Fix Tangent Normal paintop to work with 16 and 32 bit floating point images
  • Fix a problem with namespaces when loading SVG
  • Fix an assert when right-clicking the animation timeline
  • Fix autohiding the color selector popup
  • Fix canvas scaling in hidpi mode
  • Fix the overview docker
  • Fix the shift-I color selector shortcut
  • Fix unsuccessful restoring of a session blocking Krita from closing
  • Import SVG files as vector layers instead of pixel layers
  • Improve spacing between canvas input setting categories
  • Make it possible to select the SVG text tool text has been moved inside an hidden group and then made visible again
  • Support fractional display scaling factors

How to Install Krita 4.15 in Ubuntu:

For Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 18.10, and Linux Mint 19, do following steps to install the latest release from Krita Lime PPA.

1. Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T keyboard shortcut or by searching for ‘terminal’ from software launcher. When it opens, run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kritalime/ppa

Type your user password (no asterisks feedback) when it prompts and hit Enter.

2. Then upgrade Krita via Software Updater:

upgrade krita

or run command in terminal to install or upgrade the painting software:

sudo apt install krita


To remove the PPA, launch Software & Updates and navigate to Other Software tab.

To remove Krita, run command:

sudo apt remove --autoremove krita krita-*

Download Appimage for Ubuntu 16.04

For Ubuntu 16.04, Linux Mint 18.x, grab the appimage from the link below:

Download Krita (.appimage)

Then right-click and make the appimage file executable from its ‘Properties’ dialog. Finally run the file to launch Krita.

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