XPaint is an open source and cross-platform application that provides users with a simple and straightforward digital painting software for the GNU/Linux, FreeBSD, Solaris and Mac OS X operating systems.
Features at a glance
Key features include standard digital painting options suitable for creating simple graphics, simultaneous editing of multiple images, gradient fill, magnifier, image processing functions, as well as support for various formats like TIFF, XBM, PPM, and others.
The application starts with a minimal interface, a toolbox actually that lets users to open an existing image for editing or create a new one by taking a screenshot or using a canvas, which will open in a separate window (similar to the GIMP software).
Default tools include standard pencil, dyn pencil, dot pencil, brush, spray, smear, segment, connected line, arc, arrow, text, erase, box, filled box, select box, ellipse, filled ellipse, select ellipse, shape, filled shape, select freehand, polygon, filled polygon, select polygon, spline curve, filled spline curve, select spline, fill, gradient fill, and fractal fill.
Users will be able to edit colors and patterns, change background color, edit fat bits, change the size and zoom, and clone canvas, clone with zoom, crop, transform, rotate, flip, expand, downscale, and much more.
History, availability and under the hood
The program has been initially written by David Koblas, and later developed by Torsten Martinsen, with contributions from Jean-Pierre Demailly. It is written entirely in the C programming language and supports known Linux and UNIX-like OSes.
It is available for download as a single source archive, which can be configured, compiled and installed on any Linux distribution, as well as BSD and Solaris flavors. Novices can install the application from the default software channels of their Linux-based operating systems.
Summing up, XPaint is a decent and basic image manipulation software, mostly used on lightweight Linux-based operating system that don’t need more complex applications, such as GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program).