It's finally here! After a summer's worth of work, the NPS Image Editor Beta is now available for you to download and use. I'm amazed at how far NPS has come since the original never-publicly-released version nearly 7 years ago, and I hope to continue that original dream by making the application grow. Thanks to everyone who has helped me out in any way to make this a reality!
The Beta release represents the most complete version of NPS 3.0 to date. Some of the major points are:
- All paint tools implemented, including freeform select, text, and Bézier curve, and added functionality to existing ones such as the ability to use a round brush shape.
- Added new filters including Waves, Gradient, Watermark, and Brightness/Contrast. Also added extra filter tools including red eye removal.
- Document recovery will allow you to resume where you left off if NPS ever crashes or your computer shuts down improperly.
- A new, simpler window color scheme based on real-world usage scenarios is now the default, and some new ones (including darker and lighter variants) have been added.
- A simplified installer which allows you to complete NPS installation in 4 clicks and less than 10 seconds, and update notifications which leave the guesswork out of figuring out if a new version is available. (Don't worry, you can turn off update checking if it annoys you.)
- And last but not least, a new splash screen logo that looks much nicer, at least in my opinion.
As usual, you can read the full release notes when you download.
NPS now has its own official website – http://nps.nookkin.com – which features information about the program, download links, and support pages. This move allows me to build a set of pages dedicated to NPS and separate from the main nookkin.com site, which will scale better as new features are introduced and the user base grows.
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You can download NPS by visiting the new website, http://nps.nookkin.com.