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Tech: Microsoft Paint program discontinued

GUEST,Ed 24 Jul 17 - 01:31 PM
punkfolkrocker 24 Jul 17 - 01:52 PM
Acme 24 Jul 17 - 02:55 PM
Bill D 24 Jul 17 - 03:22 PM
Joe Offer 24 Jul 17 - 06:08 PM
Gurney 24 Jul 17 - 10:37 PM
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JHW 25 Jul 17 - 04:19 AM
DaveRo 25 Jul 17 - 04:58 AM
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Stanron 25 Jul 17 - 05:24 AM
GUEST,Ed 25 Jul 17 - 06:52 AM
Richard Mellish 25 Jul 17 - 06:58 AM
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GUEST,Phil d'Conch 25 Jul 17 - 04:12 PM
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Subject: Alas, poor Paint!
From: GUEST,Ed
Date: 24 Jul 17 - 01:31 PM

Microsoft signals end of Paint program

Alas, poor Paint! I knew him. A fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy: he hath
borne me on his back a thousand times


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Subject: RE: Tech: Obit: Paint
From: punkfolkrocker
Date: 24 Jul 17 - 01:52 PM

A fanciful dream.. this is the start of less bloated windows at sensible fairer pricing...????


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Subject: RE: Tech: Obit: Paint
From: Acme
Date: 24 Jul 17 - 02:55 PM

Paint is one of those little programs that I knew about, used rarely, and kept in mind as a suggestion in case someone needed some way to alter an image or make a sign and nothing else was available. But so many programs do the same thing that it certainly is superfluous.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Obit: Paint
From: Bill D
Date: 24 Jul 17 - 03:22 PM

I agree with Acme... when I first heard of "freeware" 20 years ago, image viewing & editing programs were some of the first things I ever downloaded.
I 'may' have opened Paint once or twice, but have never actually used it for anything.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Obit: Paint
From: Joe Offer
Date: 24 Jul 17 - 06:08 PM

Is there a song in this?

I rarely use Paint,
Only once in a while,
It helps me fixing graphics,
But it's just not my style...


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Subject: RE: Tech: Obit: Paint
From: Gurney
Date: 24 Jul 17 - 10:37 PM

I use Paint often, not for itself but to reduce the size of photographs for use on the web when uploading something for sale online. Ebay where most of you are, TradeMe where I am.
Never did use it for anything else.
I'll have to find a program to do that job.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Obit: Paint
From: meself
Date: 24 Jul 17 - 11:30 PM

I use it once in awhile, usually for something vital like adding an hilarious speech-bubble to a photograph. I do use it from time to time to make a promo poster, though ......


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Subject: RE: Tech: Obit: Paint
From: JHW
Date: 25 Jul 17 - 04:19 AM

I have used it a few times but am not surprised if something else is to be spoilt by progress


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Subject: RE: Tech: Obit: Paint
From: DaveRo
Date: 25 Jul 17 - 04:58 AM

Gurney wrote: ...reduce the size of photographs for use on the web...
In Windows 10, File Explorer will do that. Right-click the picture, edit, resize, save as...


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Subject: RE: Tech: Obit: Paint
From: DaveRo
Date: 25 Jul 17 - 05:11 AM

Actually, I see that Explorer calls Paint to do the edit. I expect they'll replace it with something that works the same.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Obit: Paint
From: Stanron
Date: 25 Jul 17 - 05:24 AM

I used Paint to do pixel by pixel line diagrams, such as wiring circuits and simple mechanical diagrams. When I moved to Linux it took a while to find a suitable alternative. There are several graphics programs but most seemed to be too sophisticated. I now use a program called Pinta which does all that Paint used to do for me. There is a Windows version of Pinta if you want to check it out. Like most Linux software it is free to use, donations are accepted.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Obit: Paint
From: GUEST,Ed
Date: 25 Jul 17 - 06:52 AM

several graphics programs but most seemed to be too sophisticated

I'm very much with you on that, Stanron. In the same way that I use Notepad more often than Word for 'back-of-the-envelope' stuff, Paint is quick and easy in a way that Photoshop isn't.

I had a quick look at Pinta, but clicking on the Windows download page, Chrome advises me:

Deceptive site ahead

Attackers on github-production-release-asset-2e65be.s3.amazonaws.com may trick you into doing something dangerous like installing software or revealing your personal information (for example, passwords, phone numbers or credit cards).


And whilst I'm not gullible enough to give up any of the above, I'm somewhat wary.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Obit: Paint
From: Richard Mellish
Date: 25 Jul 17 - 06:58 AM

I use Paint for screenshots: Ctrl-PrintScreen to save the window of interest to the clipboard, then paste into Paint and save. What would be the easiest alternative? A full photo-editing package (such as Serif PhotoPlus which I use) can do the job but is slower to load and more cumbersome for saving.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Obit: Paint
From: Mrrzy
Date: 25 Jul 17 - 07:28 AM

I love(d) that program, and will miss it.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Obit: Paint
From: Mrrzy
Date: 25 Jul 17 - 07:29 AM

Oh, and Richard Mellish, there is Snip now - just screenshot the piece you want. I used to use Paint for that too, but now just use it for painting.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Obit: Paint
From: punkfolkrocker
Date: 25 Jul 17 - 11:02 AM

I used to use IrfanView freeware for a lot of basic resize and cropping etc..


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Subject: RE: Tech: Obit: Paint
From: GUEST,Ed
Date: 25 Jul 17 - 11:14 AM

Microsoft Paint: The man who makes art pixel-by-pixel

As the man says:

"I've always loved it and I've tried moving on to other programmes but I could just never connect with them."


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Subject: RE: Tech: Obit: Paint
From: Stanron
Date: 25 Jul 17 - 02:30 PM

Guest.Ed said

"I had a quick look at Pinta, but clicking on the Windows download page, Chrome advises me:

Deceptive site ahead

Attackers on github-production-release-asset-2e65be.s3.amazonaws.com may trick you into doing something dangerous like installing software or revealing your personal information (for example, passwords, phone numbers or credit cards).

And whilst I'm not gullible enough to give up any of the above, I'm somewhat wary."

I'm not surprised Windows warns people off downloading free software. If everyone did it they'd go broke.

On Linux it's not such a problem. There is a facility called the software manager. Anything this downloads is safe. I downloaded Pinta that way with no problems.

I've been doing a lot of downloading recently some of it stuff the software manager doesn't do. I've managed to get most of EasyABC working and needed to get several files downloaded. The thing that really annoys me is the sites who offer you one program but if you press the download button they send you something else. You really have to read the small print. I would have thought that if your anti-virus and anti-malware stuff is good you should be OK.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Obit: Paint
From: DMcG
Date: 25 Jul 17 - 02:46 PM

Joe: There's always "Goodbye, old Paint" from the DT...


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Subject: RE: Tech: Obit: Paint
From: GUEST,Phil d'Conch
Date: 25 Jul 17 - 04:12 PM

Microsoft isn't "getting rid" of Paint. The word is "deprecate."

Future OS updates will come with Paint 3D in its stead but MS-Paint will still be available for free in the MS Store.

Same deal as Movie Maker pretty much.

I've used Excel and LibreOffice Calc for simple one-line and ladder diagrams and floor plans. Seems to work for the customer.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Obit: Paint
From: Stanron
Date: 25 Jul 17 - 05:06 PM

GUEST,Phil d'Conch wrote: I've used Excel and LibreOffice Calc for simple one-line and ladder diagrams and floor plans. Seems to work for the customer.
The Drawing tools in EXcel and Calc are a lot finer than those in Word Processors. I've used them for Fretboard diagrams, blank tab and also simple notation.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Obit: Paint
From: GUEST,
Date: 26 Jul 17 - 02:45 AM

"deprecate"? or "depreciate"?

Does it mean they will no longer promote it, or no longer support it?

(It does sound as if they are deprecating Pinta.)


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Subject: RE: Tech: Obit: Paint
From: DaveRo
Date: 26 Jul 17 - 03:58 AM

Apparently amazon web services (amazonaws.com) - which anyone can use, including free - is often used to host phishing attacks, hence it's on the google greylist. Not a good place to host a download for that reason. You might find the download on another site such as cnet or file hippo.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Obit: Paint
From: GUEST,Phil d'Conch
Date: 26 Jul 17 - 06:03 AM

"deprecate"? or "depreciate"? Does it mean they will no longer promote it, or no longer support it?"

"Deprecate" and yes to both.

It's a systems integration word for dropping a module or subsystem from the process specification. For software it's the Application Programming Interface (API.)

The product manager and team go away. Developers are on notice to transition to the newer process module. Quality engineers can ignore it during validation.

Plan on the first few (non)mandatory W10 updates going poorly if you decide to keep it.


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