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I've been using the same graphic program for at least twelve years now. I've become pretty comfortable with it over time. One nice thing about it is that it doesn't require an elaborate installation procedure. I just copy the files over to the hard drive, click on the executable, and it's ready to go.

Except. Although it worked on my old computer running Windows XP, it won't run on my new computer running XP. The old one was the "Home" edition, and the new one is the "Professional" edition (both of them 32-bit), but I don't see how that could be the problem; I've run the program successfully on other computers with the Professional edition.

The problem was a dll file. I tried copying it and installing it to my new system, but nothing worked. Given that the software was from 1996, it really seemed that I should look for a modern freeware replacement.

The problem was that so many modern graphics programs are so complicated! I don't want to have to spend a lot of time learning a new program, and about all sorts of advanced techniques that I don't need right now. I want a program that will do pretty much what the old program did, without a steep learning curve. I mean, I'm very good at learning new software, but my free time is limited!

So first I tried GIMP. It's open-source, freeware, and came highly recommended. But it turned out to be way more program than I needed. It's more like PhotoShop than my old painting program, and was so complicated that I found myself pretty much stymied when I tried to use it.

Later, I lucked upon Paint.net. It's just what I was looking for! A free, modern, and relatively easy-to-use graphics program that I could work with straight out of the box. It has advanced features, but they're not in my face - I can learn about them later, and in the meantime I can edit my images. And Sebastian can draw pictures. In fact, he drew his first picture with it a few days ago; a picture of Godzilla and Hedorah. I'll see if I can get his permission to post it here tonight.

Date: 2008-12-02 03:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] unquietsoul5.livejournal.com
I think the URL you want is www.getpaint.net which is where the one you linked to offers as a possible destination (the other is a paint manufacturing company).

Date: 2008-12-02 03:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bobquasit.livejournal.com
That's odd; the link worked for me, originally. And when I click on getpaint.net, it takes me to paint.net, which has the download link. I've changed the link to getpain.net. Maybe that will be better.

Date: 2008-12-03 02:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oldwolf.livejournal.com
I usually r-click on the .dll and choose Install. And/or dump it into the system and system32 folders.

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