Last Beta release for Krita 2.9

Published    13th February, 2015

We’re getting so close to the release now! (Check the count-down counter on!) Sure, there are still a bunch of bugs to fix, but we’re down to very nearly no release blockers now. And we fixed an awful lot of bugs since the last beta release, too!

The 2.9.0 release is scheduled for February 26th, with monthly bug fix releases planned until we release Krita 3.1.

Here’s the fixes:

  • New splash screen by Tyson Tan!
  • Fix noisy complaints from libpng about nothing
  • Hide the next/previous blending mode, snap-to-grid and reload-file actions because they don’t work
  • Fix the shortcuts for setting brush opacity
  • Fix inverted softness (bug 342747)
  • Fix ghost pixels on group layers with no children (bug 331554)
  • Fix opacity setting for pattern fill layers
  • G’Mic: Add progress reporting for small previews
  • G’Mic: Cancel now stops execution of slow filters
  • G’Mic: Don’t crash when closing the G’Mic dialog after doing nothing
  • G’Mic; fix url for updates
  • Fix issues with Genius Tablets (bug 342641)
  • Fix painting on selection masks
  • Make the palettes docker follow the general background color setting
  • Add a temporary dialog to fix issues when the desktop resolution and the wintab resolution don’t match up
  • Fix crash when using the color transfer filter (bug 342287)
  • Fix KToolLine to handle end and cancel requests (bug 336959)
  • Fix a bunch of menu options to only be active at the right moment
  • Add unit of measurement to offset image dialog
  • Fix initialization of the crop tool (bug 342842)
  • Improve default values for the crop tool (bug 242844)
  • Fix crash in shaped gradient with shaped smaller than 3px wide (bug 342942)
  • Show open/save buttons in the ruler assistant tool on Windows (bug 342348)
  • Add auto-leveling to the adjust/levels filter (Aleksander Demko’s first patch!)
  • Don’t push the Copy action on the undo stack (bug 343328)
  • Remember the constrain proportions settings in the canvas size dialog (bug 343282)
  • Fix spacing of rotating brushes (bug 329026)
  • Fix crash when selecting the texture option for the pixel brush engine (bug 342749)
  • Make the “on hover” layer thumbnail configurable (bug 342168)
  • Fix an issue where you’d have to press cancel multiple times to close Krita (bug 343070)
  • Notify the user when copying an empty selection (bug 343092)
  • Expand the color picker tool to be able to use a radius up to 900 pixels (bug 337406)
  • Don’t crash if Krita’s settings has an active preset that no longer exists (bug 340229)
  • Don’t crash when closing Krita while the reference image docker is still loading thumbnails (bug 342896)
  • Switch to an appropriate tool when switching between pixel and vector layers (bug 335092)
  • Support indirect painting mode for masks (bug 318882)
  • Don’t crash when merging selected layers (bug 343540)
  • Bring back the undo docker’s preview thumbnails (bug 277884)
  • Don’t crash when undoing points in polyline stroke or selection (bug 342921)
  • Make shift-z undo points in all poly tools (bug 342921)
  • Make the shortcut for undoing poly tool points configurable (bug 342919)
  • Disable the arrow keys for panning the canvas by default (bug 342023)
  • Update the minimum zoom level after scaling the image (bug 342709)
  • Rearrange the settings menu to be more logical (bug 342068)
  • Only lock the tools if the layer is invisible, but allow moving and deleting of invisible layers (bug 337912)
  • Fix issues when working with the color selectors in HDR mode (bug 343531)
  • Don’t save the crop tool’s force ratio setting (bug 343287)
  • Fix cyclic updates of the currently selected color (bug 343531)
  • G’Mic: Don’t crash when enabling the small preview in interactive colorize (bug 343616)
  • Fix a crash on loading an image (bug 340752)
  • G’Mic: increase the stack size to ridiculous proportions on Windows so the parser doesn’t crash
  • G’Mic: start supporting interactive colorize on Windows (still not done, needs adding support for pthreads)
  • Follow the settings for visibillity of the scrollbars (bug 342217)
  • Fix shaped gradients for selections with holes (bug 343187)
  • Fix floodfill for 16 bits integer/channel RGB images (bug 343365)
  • Fix the zoom level of the scratchpad
  • Fix a big slowdown in the layer properties dialog with big layers and big images (bug 343685)
  • Fix file layer position resetting
  • Add the recent documents to the list in the new images dialog (bug 340949)
  • Fix support for Wacom Airbrush devices. Patch by Arturg. (bug 343545)
  • Make the text brush load and display values from the current brush
  • Fix the text brush when rotation is set to drawing angle (bug 330185)
  • Fix recognizing the bamboo stylus (bug 343545)
  • Don’t deadlock when loading a fill layer (bug 343734)
  • Don’t assert when checking the texture option (bug 343837)
  • Make it possible again to select an image in the color transfer filter on Windows (bug 343706)
  • G’Mic: fix a crash when browsing through the filters
  • Update the layer thumbnails in the layerbox after every stroke, instead of when hovering over the layerbox (bug 343699)
  • Fix a crash when applying changes with the style manager.
  • Fix crash when using drop caps in the multiline text object (bug 342185)
  • Remove inline objects from manager when Delete command is executed. (bug 303492)
  • Make text flowing around shapes with shadow. (bug 335784)
  • SVG file was wrongly placed. (bug 322377)
  • File dialogs: Fix all-supported formats on Gnome and Windows.
  • File dialogs: Restore the All Formats option on Gnome and Windows.


There are still 157 bugs at the moment, but quite a lot are rather minor. We fixed nearly 200 bugs. Lots and lots and lots of thanks to all the beta testers who have been sending in report after report: we got over 100 new reports, too!

For Linux users, Krita Lime has been updated. Remember that launchpad is very strict about the versions of Ubuntu it supports. So the update is only available for 14.04 and up.

OpenSUSE users can use the new OBS repositories created by Leinir:

Windows users can choose between an installer and the zip file. You can unzip the zip file anywhere and start Krita by executing bin/krita.exe. The Surface Pro 3 tablet offset issue has been fixed! We only have 64 bits Windows builds at the moment, we’re working on fixing a problem with the 32 bits build.

Right now, we’re trying to fix a bug in the OSX builds were icons aren’t loaded, so we don’t have OSX builds for Beta 3 yet.

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