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Microsoft giving away a Photoshop clone for FREE (plus 150 other apps!)

Microsoft has a TON of stuff you can download for free. In some cases you need to go thru that whole validation thing to prove you’ve got a real version of their O/S, but otherwise their plain vanilla free downloads.

One of their apps I was particularly impressed with is Paint.Net. I haven’t downloaded it yet, as I have Photoshop and don’t think I need it, but I highly recommend students and others who can’t afford Photoshop (or CorelPaint or whatever) to give it a try. It looks really good, and has even been optimised for dual-core processors and all that Vista-preferred hardware.

Screenshot of Paint.Net

We always knock M$ but in this case it’s great to see that in the midst of it all are some really good freebies.

Now, question… who’s got a fave can’t-do-without-it MS freebie app?

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  1. Posted 12 years, 9 months ago // Permalink

    I’m also lucky enough to have CS2 and a Mac for work, but I will have to check out this list for my home laptop. More than a few of these seem worth downloading.

  2. Name*
    Posted 10 years, 9 months ago // Permalink = 0.1% of PS. Its not far away from MSPaint, even Gimp _much_ better. Imossible to draw even simplest design.

  3. Posted 10 years, 6 months ago // Permalink

    Wow,this looks great and for ..FREE!
    Sure it might have all the bells and whistles of photoshop but for free it would have plenty takers if they knew about it.

  4. Ian Holst
    Posted 9 years, 2 months ago // Permalink

    Paint.NET is not made by Microsoft. It was made by a former Microsoft employee, I believe. It is independent software. I use it and it is really good.

  5. zerq
    Posted 8 years, 8 months ago // Permalink is not a microsoft product damn it!
    its an open source project done under the .net platform

    and frankly it disapointed me becuase i would have loved to see a paint with layers and basicaly only that.. paint is really good for pixel graphics

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