Need a good replacement for MS Paint? Don’t have a lot of money to spend on Photoshop?
Paint.NET looks like a pretty good solution to me so far. First of all, its free. And it actually has some support from Microsoft, too. I wouldn’t be surprised if something like it shows up in Longhorn.
The biggest feature of note is that layers are included. It starts up rather quickly too, and has a couple of nice UI touches like transparent menus. The menu structure and navigation mirrors Photoshop pretty well too, so if you’re familiar with PS its a nice bonus.
Of course, its not 100% Photoshop. Altering text after it is created, for example, is something I can’t figure out how to do.
But still, not a bad start!