Published 11th January, 2018
We’ve officially gone into String Freeze mode now! That’s developer speak for “No New Features, Honest”. Everything that’s going into Krita 4.0 now is in, and the only thing left to do is fixing bugs and refining stuff.
Given how much has changed between Krita 3 and Krita 4, that’s an important part of the job! Let us here repeat a very serious warning.
THE FILE FORMAT FOR VECTOR LAYERS HAS CHANGED. IF YOU SAVE AN IMAGE WITH KRITA 4.0 THAT HAS VECTOR LAYERS, KRITA 3 CANNOT OPEN IT. IF YOU OPEN A KRITA 3 FILE WITH VECTOR LAYERS IN KRITA 4, THE VECTOR LAYERS MIGHT GET MESSED UP. BEFORE WORKING ON SUCH FILES IN KRITA 4, MAKE A BACKUP.
This doubles for files that contain text. Text in krita 3 is based on the ODT standard, text in Krita 4 is implemented using SVG. This beta is the first release that contains the new text tool. Here’s the low-down on the new text tool:
This beta contains pretty much everything… We started working on some of these features, like the export feedback in 2016. Here’s a short list:
And there’s much more, but please download the builds, or build Krita and see for yourself!
One thing that is still in progress is updating the set of default brush presets: those aren’t in the beta yet, but they are in the nightly builds.
Note for Windows users: if you encounter crashes, please follow these instructions to use the debug symbols so we can figure out where Krita crashes.
(If, for some reason, Firefox thinks it needs to load this as text: to download, right-click on the link.)
When it is updated, you can also use the Krita Lime PPA to install Krita 4.0 beta 1 on Ubuntu and derivatives.
Note: the gmic-qt and pdf plugins are not available on OSX.
For all downloads:
Krita is a free and open source project. Please consider supporting the project with donations or by buying training videos or the artbook! With your support, we can keep the core team working on Krita full-time.