Tux Paint 0.9.16 review

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Tux Paint is a free drawing program designed for young children (kids ages 3 and up).

License: GPL
OS: Mac OS X
File size: 7880K
Developer: New Breed Software
Price: $0.00
Updated: 07 Dec 2006
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Tux Paint is a free drawing program designed for young children (kids ages 3 and up).

It has a simple, easy-to-use interface, fun sound effects, and an encouraging cartoon mascot who helps guide children as they use the program.

Tux Paint provides a blank canvas and a variety of drawing tools to help your child be creative. Additional artwork ("stamps") can be downloaded and installed, providing a sticker-book functionality.

Tux Paint has been translated into over 45 languages, and a graphical configuration tool for parents and teachers is available which allows Tux Paint to be reconfigured to suit the special needs of children or the classroom environment.

Here are some key features of "Tux Paint":
A small number of useful tools are available. (See below.)
The drawing canvas is a fixed size, so the user doesn’t need to worry about “pixels” or “inches” when making a new picture.
The entire program fits in 640?~480, and can be displayed full-screen, to hide the computer’s underlying “desktop” interface. (It can also be run in 800?~600 mode, as well.)
Loading and saving of images is done using thumbnails, so no knowledge of the underlying operating system’s filesystem structure is needed. Even filenames are unnecessary.
Fun sound effects are played when tools are selected and used.
A cartoon version of Tux, the Linux penguin, appears at the bottom to give tips, hints and information.
Run Tux Paint in full-screen mode, or have it “grab” the mouse pointer, to prevent children from accidentally accessing other programs or files on the desktop.
Sound effects can be disabled.
The Print and Quit options can be disabled.
Alternatively, the Print option can be limited to allow only one print every n minutes.
Tux Paint cannot be launched more than once every 30 seconds, to prevent multiple copies from being run accidentally, due to over-eager mouse clicking.
The directory/folder where Tux Paint saves files may be changed. This can be used to save pictures in a student’s home directory on a network drive or shared drive, rather than locally on one particular workstation.
Stamps and brushes are stored using standard formats (PNG, WAV, text), allowing parents and teachers to create their own content for use at home or in classes.
The “Tux Paint Config.” program allows parents, teachers, and school technicians to alter Tux Paint’s behaviour using a simple, easy-to-use graphical interface. (It’s separate from Tux Paint to prevent children from changing things.).

What's New:
New magic tools: Smudge, Tint, Darken, Cartoon, Bricks, Grass.
Text tool UI improvements.
Color palette updates.
Stamp tool updates: different tinting modes, scaling improvements, better scaling UI.
Better startup time and memory usage.
Many bugfixes & packaging/porting updates.
New translations: Albanian, Estonian, Gaelic, Galician, Gronings, Kinyarwanda, Mex. Spanish, Swahili, Thai and Urkanian.

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