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Krita 2.9: First Beta Released!

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Last week, the first preparations for the next Krita release started with the creation of the first Krita 2.9 beta release: Krita 2.9 Beta 1. This means that we've stopped adding new features to the codebase, and are now focusing on making Krita 2.9 as stable as possible.

We've come a long way since March, when we released Krita 2.8! Thanks to the enthusiastic support of many, many users, here and on kickstarter, Krita 2.9 has a huge set of cool new features, improvements and refinements.

Here's a short list to wet your appetite -- a full intro to all new features will be presented when we present the final 2.9 release. That's expected to happen in January, by the way.

Missing in 2.9 are Photoshop layer styles and PSD layer masks: we're working hard on those, but they aren't done yet. All the scaffolding is done, and most of the drop shadow effect, except the integration, is in the rendering process... We're working to have them ready by the end of January. The animation tool has been disabled for refactoring. In Beta 1, Sketch and Gemini have been disabled.


There are stillĀ  234 bugs at the moment, some of which might cause dataloss, so users are recommended to use the beta builds for testing, not for critical work!

For Linux users, Krita Lime will be updated on Monday. 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.

OSX users can open the dmg and copy where they want. Note that OSX still is not supported. There are OSX-specific bugs and some features are missing.