The free and open-source Paint.Net 3.0 clone, Pinta image editor got a new major release after 1 year of development.
The new Pinta 2.1 came with some exciting new features, including WebP image support via
webp-pixbuf-loader library, and updated icons with improved support for dark theme and HiDPI displays.
The Gradient tool now has a ‘Transparency Mode‘. The release also adds support for loading files from network drive, meaning user can now open pictures from Google Drive folder.
Other changes in Pinta 2.1 include:
- Update screenshot tool to make it work in Wayland.
- Support images with unknown extension but valid contents.
- Improve canvas rendering performance
- Improve .ora files support.
- Update to .NET7, though .NET6 also supported.
- Various bug-fixes.
How to Install Pinta 2.1 in Ubuntu Linux
Pinta offers official Linux package through both Snap and Flatpak package. Choose either one that you prefer.
NOTE: Both packages now do NOT support for WebP images. Try to build it from source by yourself if you like this feature.
Option 1: Snap package
Ubuntu 20.04 | 22.04 and higher user can easily install the package from Ubuntu Software. NOTE: There are 2 Pinta packages in Software Center, choose the one from Snap Store.
Option 2: Flatpak package
Pinta is also available to install as another universal Flatpak package format. Just press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal, then run commands below one by one to install it.
- First, install the daemon package in case you don’t have it:
sudo apt install flatpak
For the old Ubuntu 18.04, add this PPA first before installing Flatpak.
- Then, install Pinta as flatpak by running command:
flatpak install https://dl.flathub.org/repo/appstream/com.github.PintaProject.Pinta.flatpakref
Tip: if you’ve already installed Pinta as Flatpak, run the command below to check updates:
flatpak update com.github.PintaProject.Pinta
For the Pinta Snap package, just remove it either using Ubuntu Software app or by running command in a terminal window:
snap remove pina
To remove the Flatpak package, run command:
flatpak uninstall --delete-data com.github.PintaProject.Pinta
flatpak uninstall --unused to remove useless run-time libraries.