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Open source painting and drawing software, MyPaint, sees a new stable release after a long time of development.

The developer announced the release of MyPaint 1.2.0 yesterday, along with Ubuntu binaries available in PPA for Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 15.10, Ubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu 14.04, and their derivatives. MyPaint 1.2.0 features:

  • New intuitive Inking tool for smooth strokes.
  • New Flood Fill tool.
  • Automated backups of your working docs, with recovery on startup.
  • Improved symmetry-setting and frame-setting modes.
  • New workspace UI: two sidebars, with dockable tabbed panels.
  • Smoother scrolling and panning.
  • New brush pack.
  • New brush and color history panel.
  • New layer trimming command in frame options.
  • Added layer groups.
  • New layer modes: several masking modes added.
  • Add display filters: greyscale, simulate dichromacy for trichromats.
  • New color wheel options: Red/Yellow/Blue, Red-Green/Blue-Yellow.
  • Uses dark theme variant by default.
  • Clearer icons, prettier freehand cursors.
  • Device prefs allow glitchy devices to be restricted.
  • Eraser mode no longer changes the size of the brush.
  • New vector layers, editable in an external app (Inkscape recommended).
  • New fallback layer types: non-PNG image, data.
  • More kinds of images now work as backgrounds.
  • Improved Windows support
  • Ported to GTK3.
  • Accelerator map editor has moved to preferences.
  • Many other bugfixes, translations, and code quality improvements.

How to Install MyPaint 1.2.0 in Ubuntu:

1. Open terminal from Unity Dash, App Launcher, or via Ctrl+Alt+T shortcut key. When it opens, paste below command and hit run:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:achadwick/mypaint-testing

It will add the developer’s PPA after you typing password (no visual feedback so just type in mind) when it asks, and hitting Enter to continue.


2. Launch Software Updater if you have a previous release installed. After checking for updates, upgrade MyPaint by installing the available updates.


Or install the software via either Software Center, or commands below:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install mypaint mypaint-data-extras

3. (Optional), for any reason you want to remove the software, remove PPA by launching Software & Updates and navigate to Other Software tab, and uninstall MyPaint via Software Center.

krita 2.9.1

The first bugfix release for the digital painting software Krita 2.9, was announced today. The new release brings the latest G’Mic plugin, improves the filter layer layout, and fixes a few bugs

Here’s the changelog according to the release note:

  • Fix the outline cursor on CentOS 6.5
  • Update G’Mic to the very latest version (but the problems on Windows are still not resolved)
  • Improve the layout of the filter layer/⁠mask dialog’s filter selector
  • Fix the layout of the pattern selector for fill layers
  • Remove the dependency of QtUiTools, which means that no matter whether the version Qt installed and the version Qt Krita was built agast differ, the layer metadata editors work
  • Fix a bug that happened when switching between workspaces
  • Fix bug 339357: the time dynamic didn’t start reliably
  • Fix bug 344862: a crash when opening a new view with a tablet stylus
  • Fix bug 344884: a crash when selecting too small a scale for a brush texture
  • Fix bug 344790: don’t crash when resizing a brush while drawing
  • Fix setting the toolbox to only one icon wide
  • Fix bug 344478: random crash when using liquify
  • Fix bug 344346: Fix artefacts in fill layers when too many parallel updates happened
  • Fix bug 184746: merging two vector layers now creates a vector layer instead of rendering the vectors to pixels
  • Add an option to disable the on-canvas notification messages (for some people, they slow down drawing)
  • Fix bug 344243: make the preset editor visible in all circumstances

Krita 2.9

The developers now are working the Photoshop layer style Kickstarter feature. The goal is to have this feature done for Krita 2.9.2, which should be out next month.

To install or upgrade to Krita 2.9.1, see this page.