Few days ago the release of the new version of Tux Paint 0.9.25 was announced, which comes with some improvements to the drawing tools, as well as improvements to the on-screen keyboard and image export.
For those who are unfamiliar with Tux Paint, they should know that the program is designed for children from 3 to 12 years old and it was initially created to run under the GNU / Linux operating system, since there were no similar drawing applications for children at the time.
It is written in the C programming language and uses several free helper libraries.
Tux Paint stands out from other graphic editing programs (like GIMP or Photoshop) since It was designed to be used by children as young as three years of age. The user interface is intended to be intuitive, and uses icons, audible comments, and text suggestions to explain how the program works. Also, the sound effects and the mascot (Tux, from Linux) are intended to engage children.
The user interface of Tux Paint is divided into five panels:
- Toolbar, including some basic tools like painting or drawing lines, as well as controls such as undo, save, exit, or print.
- Canvas, the space to draw and edit images.
- Color palette, with 17 preset colors plus the option to choose a custom one.
- Selector, providing several selectable objects (for example brushes, typography or sub tools, depending on the current tool).
- Information area with instructions and suggestions.
Main novelties of Tux Paint 0.9.25
In this new version of Tux Paint 0.9.25, as we mentioned at the beginning, improvements were received to the application tools, one of them was shape drawing has been significantly improved and what was it possible to select the way to display the route in the center or from the corner, relative to the pointer.
Another change mentioned in the announcement, is that the on-screen keyboard is adapted for people with visual disabilities and now it’s scaled to big screens.
Besides that finer cleaning point sizes added to eraser and improved the smoothness of the cleaning line when the pointer is moving fast.
It is also highlighted that added ability to export individual images as an animated image in GIF format.
Finally, if you want to know more about this new version, you can check the details in the following link.
How to install Tux Paint on Ubuntu and derivatives?
For those who are interested in being able to install this application on their system, they can do so by following the instructions we share below.
Generally for Ubuntu and derivatives the application is located within the repositories distribution officers, but not in the latest version. That is why for those who want to install the latest version from the repositories of their distribution, they must wait for it to be available.
The installation can be done by typing the following command:
sudo apt-get install tuxpaint
Now, for those who want to install the new version of Tux Paint 0.9.25 In a simple way and without having to resort to compiling the source code, they will be able to do it with the help of Flatpak packages.
For this, it is enough to have the support added to the system and let’s add the flathub repository which houses a large list of flatpak applications, including Tux Paint, for this we just have to open a terminal and in it we are going to type the following command:
flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo
Already added the Flathub repository, just install the application by typing the following command:
flatpak install flathub org.tuxpaint.Tuxpaint
And voila, with that we can start using this application in our system. To launch the application, just search for its executable in the application menu.
On the other hand, if you are interested in compiling the source code of the application, you can consult the information about it as well as being able to obtain the source code of the application In the following link.