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Von humanX,

Paint.NET has released version 4.0.19 to the Windows Store. Currently it's on sale for $4.99. Don't worry though, you can still download the free version from the author's website. The free version has all the same features as the Windows Store version. If you are interested in the free version of Paint.NET, you can check it out HERE.

Paint.NET wrote:

Version 4.0.18, which I just announced, is now available on the Windows Store! The standard price is currently $8.99, but I’ve put it on sale for $4.99 until the end of October. You can also make use of the 30-day free trial to get started.

(It may take a little bit of time before you can search for Paint.NET on the Windows Store. I’m told that things take up to 24 hours to “propagate.”)

Wait, it’s not free?

Correct! The Store release of Paint.NET is not distributed free-of-charge. This allows many things to converge and solves a lot of problems, while still providing value for new and existing users (err, customers?). The “Classic” release will still be available and kept up-to-date on the same schedule as the Store release.

… Well, I’m not gonna pay for it.

That’s fine. Just use the “Classic” version like you always have. It’s worth checking out what the Store release has to offer though. Maybe you’ll change your mind, but if not …

And you can still send a donation if that’s your preferred way of providing financial support. This is actually more effective because Microsoft does take a 30% cut of every transaction that goes through their Store.
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