Download NPS Image Editor 3.0.81 build 9611

NPS Image Editor is a free, unique image editing program that is perfect for pixel art, drawing, and photo editing. It is lightweight, customizable, and intuitive, yet surprisingly powerful.

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Overview of Beta 2

  • All-new Text tool with pixel-perfect preview and customizable font/alignment
  • Color Picker improvements including CSS3 color support, the ability to copy and paste a color regardless of the current picker, and a ton of new functions
  • Drag-and-drop color swatches in the sidebar allow you to create palettes on the fly
  • New filters including true Gaussian blur
  • Optimized performance, including a much faster startup process and faster selection compositing
  • And as usual, lots of bugs fixed!

Change Log for 3.0.81

  • Added setting to control detection of transparency editing mode
  • Optimized cursor outline: will not redraw region unless cursor should be displayed
  • Fixed color dialog fallback layout
  • Added filters: Selective Color, Render Gridlines, Average Blur, Gaussian Blur, Diffraction Blur, Night Filter, Noise
  • Removed all legacy filters since much of their functionality already exists. They are still available as a separate download.
  • Fixed debug settings operation
  • Fixed Quick Evaluator focus problem
  • Color Resolution Engine improvements:
    • Added gray, cmy, cmyk color resolvers
    • Added invert, alpha, lighten, hue_shift modifier functions
    • Added floating point evaluation support (enter values as percentages/decimal values, i.e. 0.5 or 50% instead of 255)
    • Added hsla() and rgba() for CSS3 compatibility
    • Added aero_base constant to get base color of Windows Vista/7/8 theme
    • Changed HSV/HSL range to 100 instead of 255
  • Color Picker improvements
    • Fixed flicker in color preview
    • Added working effective color display
    • Added multiple formats (including CSS3 formats and optimal HTML) to quick copy feature of color dialog.
    • Added Quick Paste feature, plus keyboard shortcuts (Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V)
  • Redesigned Color Cycling and Transparency Editing Mode controls in sidebar to be more intuitive
  • New color swatches/palettes model
    • Rearrange or delete colors in palette via drag and drop
    • Advanced editing capabilities including the ability to customize color expression for each color
    • Palette can be edited "on the fly" and copied/saved as desired. The palette will no longer save every time you add a color.
    • Quick Add to add a color with one click, avoiding the dialog (which is still available via dropdown menu)
    • Palette width/size is increased by default and the scrollbar has been removed (only appears when necessary)
    • .npl files automatically calculate correct tile width if none is specified. Due to the wider palette, it may be necessary to update existing palette files to ensure the correct swatch shape.
    • Legacy NPS palettes are no longer preserved. They will be loaded successfully but re-saving will recreate them in NPS Obsidian format.
    • Added "Color Palette" section to Component Manager
    • Added palette batch processor/converter
  • Added Invert Selection operation
  • Fixed double-draw bug for single use of Brush and Filter tools
  • Optimized selection rendering performance, especially noticeable when working with huge selection
  • Added foundation for scalable UI (still very buggy, coming in a future release)
  • Added customizable undo/redo buffer format (raw bitmap for performance, PNG for saving space)
  • Fixed bug: closing window while selection placed on an unmodified image will prompt for save
  • Added foundation for scripting support (scripting coming in a future release)
  • Rewrote configuration file framework
    • Optimized performance
    • Added multiple compatibility modes for configuration file format
    • Added Configuration Editor to Configuration Panel
  • Added Repeat feature for filters (uses Silent feature of Obsidian Extension Model, may not work with all filters)
  • Added undo history list
  • Fixed scaling bug for dropdown buttons in toolbars
  • Fixed transparent background color default bug
  • Added selection controls to toolbox
  • Added Opacify to filter tool
  • Updated button text in resize-on-paste dialog to be more clear
  • Fixed crash dialog scaling bug
  • Added autorun directive support to paths.ini to allow for first-run configuration
  • Moved/removed items on welcome screen to reduce visual clutter (close it via Help > Welcome Screen now)
  • Rewrote Text Tool
    • Pixel-perfect preview
    • Customizable alignment and text smoothing mode
    • Rasterize option which allows filters to be applied to text
    • Foundation for text effects (coming in a future release)
  • Fixed selection filter bug on paste
  • Updated "Paste From" functionality to switch to overlay mode automatically
  • Fixed zoom in/out command to scroll to the top left corner of the previous zoom level
  • Fixed zoom tool to center zoomed image about the clicked point
  • Renamed "Continue" button to "Close" on Document Recovery dialog
  • Switched order of "OK" and "Cancel" buttons in certain dialogs to be consistent with Windows UI guidelines – OK comes before Cancel
  • Changed message box and welcome screen font to Segoe UI
  • Added support for loading and saving 32-bit BMP files
  • Fixed file input stream handler bug, stream now closes correctly and avoids errors when clearing undo steps
  • Added list of temp files for clearing at application shutdown
  • Installer improvements
    • Added optimization routine (ngen)
    • Added standalone configuration step to properly set temp file location
    • Added check and auto download/install of .NET Framework (works on Windows 8 too)
  • Fixed selection bugs
    • Fixed missing selection outline when switching from freeform to rectangular select
    • Fixed buggy selection outline placement on rotation of freeform selection
    • Fixed rounding bugs when positioning resize handles
    • Fixed Keyed transparency mode compositing
  • Added selection modifiers: Shift to constrain to square, Ctrl to make copy
  • Added resizable selection (drag corners to resize)
  • Removed error text for Tip of the Day unless in debug mode
  • Added standalone parameter to update checking, so that the correct link can be provided if you're using a standalone installation
  • Removed "Palette" top-level menu to reduce clutter (its functionality is still accessible via the Color menu or the dropdown over the actual palette)
  • Removed Web Browser from Tools menu (useless, newer update/feedback features don't use it any more)
  • Fixed panel resize bug when NPS is closed/reopened in a minimized state
  • Fixed some DPI awareness bugs (no more emulated scaling at > 120 DPI)
  • Added basic support for Online Help
  • Added transparency backing to Eyedropper tool

Known Issues

  • A crashed extension may cause NPS Image Editor to become unresponsive. There is currently no fix available.
  • You may experience general slowness, especially with larger images.
  • Occasional zoom and rounding bugs, especially when using fractional zoom levels like 150%