I guess the Windows Store route might be better or providing a direct link to the download, but I've actually stopped talking about paint.net because I wouldn't want someone to Google it, go to the website, and end up with malware instead.
1) Google's Chrome ad is one of the giant misleading "Download" buttons, done inside Google's own ad platform.
2) The legitimate "dotPDN" download image button is done in the same style as spammy download buttons shown in ads.
1. You would download it and be less hesitant to recommend it, knowing that it couldn’t do anything crazy to your computer.
2. You would be more likely to buy it from a trusted store where your credit card is on file.
3. The author could make money the simple way - you give him money instead of him depending on a bunch of malware ads.
Paint.NET could easily charge for their app (or go with freemium model), but they decided along time ago to be freeware.
The “fight through the approval process” is exaggerated. Millions of apps get through the App Store every year. How much of an issue would it be to get a paint app on an App Store?
Truth is, all the major desktop OSes have app stores these days, but going through iTunes is a mess. Apple once forced me to use 2FA through my iPod Touch I had registered...yet didn't have on me (I'm assuming they presumed I was an iOS user).
Yet and still thousands of app developers do it everyday.
If you aren’t forced to use 2FA, what’s the purpose of having it? I’ve had to call home to get my son to read off my 2FA code on my iPhone that I forgot to sign in to AWS. If you aren’t an iOS user, there is an option on iCloud to send it via SMS.
People are much more likely to pay for something the less friction there is. I’m much more likely to buy something from Amazon/Apple/Steam/Microsoft where my payment information is already on file than I am $random website as are millions of others.
If you're on Linux or Mac, there's a recreation after Paint.Net called Pinta. It's passable on windows and mac, but the linux version has been very buggy for me, it doesn't seem to be well maintained either. Which is a shame.
I really do like Paint.net a lot, but as GP mentions, actually getting a novice through the download process is scary to say the least.
I went to the url that was posted as part of the HN submission and it directed me here.
I can’t find a page that resembles your image.
Edit: Yeah I was running an adblocker...
It is a random Adsense ad. The author isn't purposefully advertising malware. He was depending on Google.
Lesson learned -- either make money the simple way. Charge people for it or make it free/freemium.
Paintbrush.app isn't quite on part with Paint.net's features, although there was no technical limitation in Cocoa causing this.
Acorn is more featureful, but trying to be more like a mini-Photoshop than an advanced MSPaint. It's very powerful but it trades off simplicity to get it.
I tried my hand at making my own Paint.net clone for Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) during my first year of learning Cocoa (2008) but it only ended up being a learning opportunity for me and nothing useful came out of it.
Mostly because I had no motivation. I was sharing my progress in #macdev on freenode but there is absolutely no excitement or culture of encouragement in that channel. And for some reason I feed off other people's excitement, it motivates me tremendously and I get 100x productivity boost. But if there's none (and no paycheck), I drop to 1/100 productivity.
Honestly I'd like to try my hand at it again. I've learned a lot in the past 10 years. But I just don't have the time.
one of the nice things about paint/paint.net is at least partially how limited it is: everything is easy to find, menus are small, actions are limited but quickly understood, etc. It's probably the pinnacle of an 80% product
Paint.net has always being intuitive, an I still remember how to do most operations, even after years without using it. But never managed to run it reliably on Linux under Wine.
Yes, BoltBait has an plugin for it but I've consistently had problems with it. It would be so nice if it was built in natively.