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#1 TheSentinel


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Posted 30 October 2011 - 06:45 PM

Looking for a new, free photo editor? Try PixBuilder Studio 2
By Nick Peers


Once upon a time the notion of having access to a free image-editing tool that rivalled commercial packages was nonsensical. If you wanted to edit your photos, you had to pay for the privilege. The GIMP was one of the first to break this mold, but despite a powerful feature set it can be off-putting to the beginner.

In recent years Paint.NET has made a powerful case of being the best free image-editing tool for Windows, boasting powerful features and a relatively accessible interface. But now there?s a new kid in town, a tool that resembles Paint.NET but adds some clever features of its own. A tool that once cost money, but is now free. That image editor is PixBuilder Studio.

As its name implies, Paint.NET requires the .NET Framework runtime to be installed before you can use it. There?s no such requirement with PixBuilder Studio, which is crammed into a tiny 2.98MB download, and in fact its current build, 2.0.3, introduces an option to install it as a portable application, so you can add it to your USB thumbdrive toolkit.

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