After six months of hard work, PhotoDemon 6.6 is officially ready for download. You can grab it from the download page, or right here:
You do not need to set up or install the program.
Unzip the PhotoDemon folder, then double-click the PhotoDemon icon to begin.
Functionally, this release is very similar to the 6.6 betas made available over the past month. Many thanks to everyone who tested the beta – your suggestions and comments were invaluable. Thank you also to the amazing volunteer translators, coders, and other contributors, without whom continued development would not be possible.
As I mentioned in the beta announcement, version 6.6 is a little different from past PD releases. For 2015, my focus is threefold: adding on-canvas paint tools (and related tools, like text and shapes), implementing visual theming (including dark themes), and making the program 100% Unicode-compatible. Progress on these tasks is coming along nicely, but due to their complexity, it will be a few months before everything is ready to go. I don’t want to wait that long to release an update, so what I’ve done is back-port as many non-paint-tool upgrades and improvements as I can to the 6.4 codebase – that’s what you’ll find in version 6.6.
As such, this release is more about refinement than epic new features (although there are still some great new tools, like polygon, lasso, and magic wand selections). Some of the other new features, like automatic updates, will make it much easier to ship future improvements.
You can find a full write-up (with images) here, but for those in a hurry, here is an abbreviated list of what’s new and improved in this release.
For a full list of this version’s bug-fixes, performance improvements, and tool enhancements, please visit PhotoDemon’s commit log.
Thank you again to everyone who helped with this version’s development, testing, translation and release. I’d like to specifically call-out a few amazing folks who made this version possible: Helmut Kuerbiss, Roy (rk), Raj Chaudhuri, Will Stampfer, Hans Nolte, Zhu JinYong, Frans van Beers, GioRock, Frank Donckers, Kroc Camen, and Audioglider. Thank you to these fine folks, and everyone else who contributed their time and expertise.
I hope you enjoy version 6.6. If you have any feedback, please send me a message.
In the meantime, it’s back to work for me. The next release (with all the features mentioned at the start of this article) will be big enough to warrant a jump to version 7.0, and I look forward to sharing more about it in the coming months.
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