KolourPaint 1.0 "Seagull" Released

After 8 months of development, KolourPaint 1.0 "Seagull" is available for download. KolourPaint is an easy-to-use paint program for KDE that makes user-friendly painting and image editing a reality for the desktop user.

If you're sick of those broken KDE paint programs that can't undo or handle images the size of a screenshot, then KolourPaint is for you. If you're still trying to figure out how to draw lines in a monolithic and unusable graphics app, then why not try out KolourPaint? KolourPaint sports a GUI designed specifically for daily tasks like editing screenshots and drawing diagrams and icons.

Features include undo/redo, more than a dozen tools, selections, transparent
image editing and zoom support (with an optional grid and thumbnail).

Screenshots, downloads and more information are available at


I'm no artist, but I really like this program, being able to zoom to 1600% and edit everything.

It's much much ebtter than Paint :p

By Alex at Sun, 2004/02/29 - 6:00am

>being able to zoom to 1600% and edit everything.

...and scrolling a bit and the whole image flickers like hell...

I really would like to say: "Wow - great application", but right now it simply sucks as much as ms paint.

By Carlo at Sun, 2004/02/29 - 6:00am

Hey, Gimp2 pre3 can zoom up to 25600% ;-) thats cool.

By MaX at Sun, 2004/02/29 - 6:00am

but the icons are horrible :)

By anon at Sun, 2004/02/29 - 6:00am

That should be very easy to fix now. :)

By Evan "JabberWok... at Sun, 2004/02/29 - 6:00am

As far as I'm concerned, Clarence is free to bag the tool icons we have for Krita -- those are very nice.

By Boudewijn Rempt at Sun, 2004/02/29 - 6:00am

Nice start, what do you plan to start to implement next? My wishes: Free definable sizes for line thickness/spraycan/color eraser, line styles (dashed, dotted, ...), fill patterns, chooseable brushes, rulers - with this implemented both KPaint and KIconEdit could be dropped.

By Anonymous at Sun, 2004/02/29 - 6:00am

"KPaint and KIconEdit could be dropped"

please :) [as those apps are very unprofessional]

An good lightweight image/icon editor is exactly what KDE needs right now.

By cies at Sun, 2004/02/29 - 6:00am

Kick them.

By Gerd at Tue, 2004/03/02 - 6:00am

finally, someone has managed to create a real graphics editing/drawing program for kde (and NOT just another of the zillion image viewers)!
This is by far the best kde-graphics app I know of.
at this stage, I'm already able to do most of my graphics editing for the web
with kolourpaint, thus reducing the need for gimp substantially (hooray ;-)

By hoernerfranz at Sun, 2004/02/29 - 6:00am

I really like it.
Finally a decent KDE painting app.
My wish for the next release:
A "Hand" tool which activates by keeping the "Space" key pressed
down to scroll the visible part of the image around just like
in Acrobat or Photoshop.

And a question:
What is the easiest way to activate GIF support?
I'm using SuSE RPM's. I hope I do not have to recompile
my whole KDE/QT stuff. That would be awful!
If that's the case then also on my wishlist for the next version:
Automatic command line calling of ImageMagick to convert from png to gif
so the user doesn't even notice there is no GIF support compiled in.
No ImageMagick-dependency is needed - just call "convert" via exec.

I know that most people hate GIF but as a web developer PNGs aren't a
solution yet because of their awful buggy support in IE.

By Mike at Sun, 2004/02/29 - 6:00am

I know that most people hate GIF but as a web developer PNGs aren't a
solution yet because of their awful buggy support in IE.

I thought it only had a problem with gradient transparency.

By Kevin Krammer at Tue, 2004/03/02 - 6:00am

Looks almost identical to MS Paint...
Can ypu delect an area bigger than the screen in this one?

By OI at Sun, 2004/02/29 - 6:00am

why developing an ms paint equivalent ?

Have you tried to copy the suckiness of ms paint ? did you suceed ?

You should rename it as "Kids Paint", or we will be flooded with "well drawn" Wallpapers soon.


By chris at Sun, 2004/02/29 - 6:00am

Shut up, Paint is awesome. Sure, you can't really paint with it. But if you want to crop a screenshot, or add some text to an image, or add an arrow, or rotate, or scale, or convert color depths, or change file formats, Paint does it faster and easier than most graphics programs, and its always around. A good Paint clone for Linux is something I've wanted for a long time, it will fill a lot of needs.

By Spy Hunter at Sun, 2004/02/29 - 6:00am

Full Ack.
Imo, MS Paint ist (besides AoE ;)) the best MS Program ever. (Missed it, since I converted to Linux, some years ago)

By Beefy at Sun, 2004/02/29 - 6:00am

Could you guys let me know where I can download this program you guys are talking about? Sounds great, thanks!

By mturco11x at Mon, 2006/01/16 - 6:00am


By mturco11x at Thu, 2006/04/20 - 5:00am

I was wondering where to download MS Paint too.

By wantingtodownlo... at Sun, 2006/07/30 - 5:00am

By Tuna at Sun, 2006/10/15 - 5:00am

kolourpaint looks somewhat familiar...

Congratulations on your 1.0 release! It's great to see OSS reach those milestones. I'm compiling my copy as I am typing this.


By standsolid at Sun, 2004/02/29 - 6:00am

I hope KolourPaint will replace KPaint in KDE 3.3, it seems to be far better.

By Steffen at Sun, 2004/02/29 - 6:00am

No pot file ? (The source seems internationalised).
No doc ?
=>Still not a real KDE app !

It works fine on my CVS KDE, but looks more like a paintbrush than like a Gimp.

Good job !

By Gerard at Sun, 2004/02/29 - 6:00am

A pot file is available at kde-i18n/templates/kdenonbeta/kolourpaint.pot in cvs.

By Tijmen at Sun, 2004/02/29 - 6:00am

Which was not updated for a month.

By Anonymous at Sun, 2004/02/29 - 6:00am

> but looks more like a paintbrush than like a Gimp.

That is the purpose of this app, read the "What is..." section here: http://kolourpaint.sourceforge.net/about.html

By cies at Sun, 2004/02/29 - 6:00am

> It works fine on my CVS KDE, but looks more like a paintbrush than like a Gimp.

Yup, that's what it's meant to be like. Krita is more GIMP-like in both design and usage.

By anon at Sun, 2004/02/29 - 6:00am

Dang! Thanks, Clarence! Let's hope it replaces KPaint.

By ac at Sun, 2004/02/29 - 6:00am

I'm hesitant to admit this, but I've been looking for something that is as simple to use as mspaint for a long time. I can't wait to give this a shot.


By Karl Garrison at Sun, 2004/02/29 - 6:00am

.. it's ugly :((((((

By Francisco at Sun, 2004/02/29 - 6:00am

And your point is?
It's the functionality that's important, looks can come later...

By Peter Simonsson at Sun, 2004/02/29 - 6:00am

i would have thought would have been released before a 1.0 release though :(

By anon at Sun, 2004/02/29 - 6:00am

Great paint program! I knew you could copy mspaint! Congratulations - I have never seen anyone's attempt to recreate the wheel work as well!

By Pingu Fisher at Mon, 2004/03/01 - 6:00am

I am not a freehand artist.

Therefore, the main additional feature which I need is to be able to edit the image. Specifically, you need to be able to select a single object and move each point which defines it with a spin box for x & y. See: Xfig. Translation and rotation would also be nice. Also the line width needs to be editable on objects after you have drawn them.

Looks very nice so far.


By James Richard Tyrer at Tue, 2004/03/02 - 6:00am

As seen on http://kolourpaint.sourceforge.net, KolourPaint has been backported to KDE 3.0 & 3.1.

By Anonymous at Sat, 2004/03/06 - 6:00am