If like us, you usually only use Windows Paint when Photoshop isn't to hand, then you'll likely be impressed by the trailer for the newly updated version of Microsoft's photo editing application. Not only are their new tools and a refined interface to work with, but Paint can now handle the creation, rotation and editing of 3D objects.
Paint first appeared as part of Windows 1.0 when it was released in November 1985. Back then it was just a licensed version of ZSoft Corporation's PC Paintbrush, but over the following years became a major feature of Windows. It has always been rather under powered compared to professional editors, but allowed for basic image resizing, cropping and editing, which proved useful for many.
The new version of Paint however is designed to be much more thorough, offering a lot of new tools and options for image editing (Thanks ZDnet).[yframe url='http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WC1Y4mdblk']
Much like Microsoft's big changes to its Office software over the last year too, Microsoft is encouraging collaboration and sharing through a newly installed Community tab. The attached video showcase doesn't go into much detail about it, but presumably it will make sharing Paint creations on social media simple, as well as potentially inviting others to aid in their creation remotely.
Although only available to invited alpha testers at this time, the Paint update is thought to be quite close to being ready for prime time and the rest of us. However at this time commenters are unsure whether it will be delivered as an update, or if Paint will come as a new standalone application release for Windows in the future.[yframe url='http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvfiBdNOAso']
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KitGuru Says: It's good that Paint continues to be updated, but it still seems unlikely to take over the role of Photoshop or GIMP for more advanced users.