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Program of the Month @ Freeware-Guide.com (November 2007)



Tux Paint

(open source drawing software for children)

Version: 0.9.18
OS: Windows, Mac OS X, Linux
Release: November 21, 2007
Download file size: 9.0 MB

Tux Paint

Introduction

Tux Paint is a free, award-winning drawing program for children ages 3 to 12.
It combines an easy-to-use interface, fun sound effects, and an encouraging cartoon mascot who guides children as they use the program.

Features:

Multi-Platform

Works on Mac (Intel and PPC), Windows (Windows95 through Vista), Linux and other systems.

Simple Interface

  • A number of useful drawing tools are made available.
  • The drawing canvas is a fixed size, so the user doesn't need to worry about 'pixels' or 'inches' when making a new picture.
  • The entire program fits on a screen as small as 640480, and can be displayed full-screen, to hide the computer's underlying 'desktop' interface. (It defaults to 800600 mode, but can run at larger sizes and in portrait or landscape mode, as well.)
  • Loading and saving of images is done using thumbnails, so no knowledge of the underlying operating system's filesystem structure is needed. Even filenames are unnecessary.

Entertaining Interface

  • Fun sound effects are played when tools are selected and used.
  • A cartoon version of Tux, the Linux penguin, appears at the bottom to give tips, hints and information.

Drawing Tools

  • Paint brush
    • Various brushes available
    • Parents/teachers can add more brushes
    • Brushes can be animated
    • Brushes can change shape depending on the direction they're drawn
    • Alternate color palettes can be created and used
  • Rubber stamp
    • Hundreds of photographic and cartoon stamps images are available
    • Parents/teachers can add more stamps and create categories
    • Stamps can have descriptive text and sound samples (names, facts, etc.) and/or sound effects assigned to them
    • Stamps can be resized, flipped and mirrored
    • Raster bitmaps (Portable Network Graphics ("PNG")) with full-color and alpha transparency (32bpp RGBA) supported
    • Vector graphics (Scalable Vector Graphics ("SVG")) supported
  • Line tool
    • Uses Paint Brush's brushes
    • 'Rubberband' shows where the line will be drawn as you move the mouse
  • Shape tool
    • Draw various filled and unfilled polygonal shapes
    • Rotate shapes (this feature can be disabled for younger children)
  • Text tool
    • Comes with various fonts
    • Bold, italic and size can be changed
    • Parents/teachers can add more fonts
    • Supports numerous languages
  • 'Magic' (special effects) tool
    • Blocks - turn parts of the picture 'blocky'
    • Blur - blur parts of the picture using the mouse
    • Bricks - paint realistic large or small brick patterns
    • Calligraphy - a smooth brush that changes thickness depending on how quickly you stroke
    • Cartoon - make parts of the picture look like a cartoon
    • Chalk - make parts of the picture look like a chalk drawing
    • Darken - darken the colors of parts of the picture
    • Distortion - slightly alters the position of the picture under the brush
    • Drip - make parts of the picture look like it's dripping away
    • Emboss - gives the image's edges highlights and shadows
    • Fill - 'flood-fill' an area with a particular color
    • Flip - flip the image vertically
    • Flower - draws curvy-stalked flowers
    • Foam - paints foamy bubbles that grow as you
    • Glass Tile - see your drawing through glass tiles
    • Grass - paint realistic clumps of grass on the screen and into the distance
    • Kaleidoscope - four symmetric brushes
    • Light - draw beams of bright light on your picture
    • Lighten - fade the colors of parts of the picture
    • Metal Paint - paints shiny metallic colors
    • Mirror - flip the image horizontally
    • Negative - invert the colors of parts of the picture
    • Rainbow - draw using a brush that paints in all colors in the rainbow
    • Ripples - rippled waves over your image
    • Shift - move the entire picture around
    • Smudge - push the colors around as though smudging wet paint
    • Tint - change the color of parts of the picture
    • Waves - wiggle your picture
    • ... plus, programmers can easily and quickly create new 'Magic' tools using a plug-in interface!
  • Eraser
  • Undo
    • Multiple levels of undo
    • Undo actions can themselves be undone with the 'Redo' button

Commands

  • Save
    • Save a picture to the virtual 'picturebook'
    • One-click save: No file browser dialogs or filename prompts are used
    • If saving an opened picture, choose to save over it (like 'Save' in desktop programs), or save a new picture (like 'Save As')
  • Open
    • Open a previous drawing by selecting its thumbnail in a virtual 'picturebook'
    • Delete previously-saved pictures
  • Slides
    • View a slideshow of multiple saved drawings
    • Control the speed of playback; create class presentations or simple looping animations
    • Go forward or back using the arrow keys or mouse
  • Starts
    • Various coloring-book-style images included
    • Photographic scenes included, with foreground and background elements that you draw in between
  • Print
    • Print pictures on a printer

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