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11. January 2018


Krita is a popular open source painting application and they just hit a pretty major milestone today, the release of Beta 1.  This is a feature complete test version of what will Krita4b1ultimately become Krita 4.  Unfortunately the new text tools didn’t make the cut, so a stop gap solution was implemented lack some features.  Also be very aware of this warning before you start using the Krita 4 beta!

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.

Simple put, documents created or saved in Krita 4 will no longer work in Krita 3 if it uses new vector or text functionality!

New features from the release announcement:

  • SVG vector system, with improved tools and workflow
  • New text tool
  • Python scripting
  • SVG import/export
  • Improved palette docker
  • Bigger brush sizes
  • Improved brush editor
  • Refactored saving and exporting: saving happens in the background, and export shows warnings when your file contains features that cannot be saved to a given file format
  • A fast colorize brush
  • The default pixel brush is much faster on systems with many cores
  • Lots of user interface polish


The beta is available for download from a link at the bottom of this page.

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