Scott Hanselman

Paint.NET joins the ranks of "tools that Microsoft won't improve, so someone else did it themselves"

September 7, '04 Comments [9] Posted in Musings
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Fabulous.  Not only can I replace the large-unchanged-since-1994 Notepad.exe with Notepad2, but Mike finds Paint.NET for me, and with a 5 minute evaluation I've replaced my Paint.exe with Paint.NET.  It's as simple and as elegant as Paint Shop Pro (the early version, before they threw in the Kitchen Sink and it got all sassy and quasi-vectory) used to me.

+1 for Paint.NET!

While I'm replacing all my default Windows Accessories, what are some other freeware/.NET replacements?

  • Calculator?
  • Hyperterminal?
  • Backup?
  • Wordpad?
  • Sound Recorder?

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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Tuesday, September 07, 2004 7:19:12 AM UTC
Yes, I have to admit I like, too :-).
Not to mention that it comes with source code.
Tuesday, September 07, 2004 12:53:18 PM UTC
Best freeware audio tool around is Audacity I was just recommending to someone else so I'll do it here too.
Tuesday, September 07, 2004 3:37:45 PM UTC
Some Seattle software shop makes PowerCalc (, which they distribute for free off their Web site.
Tuesday, September 07, 2004 7:39:05 PM UTC
At least Chris Sells is updating Solitaire for Longhorn!
Wednesday, September 08, 2004 12:13:36 AM UTC
There's Microsoft's own CalcPlus:
Wednesday, September 08, 2004 3:10:45 AM UTC
Don't forget the Task Manager ;)
Wednesday, September 08, 2004 10:33:29 AM UTC
task manager i think is done:
Max S.
Thursday, September 09, 2004 10:17:24 AM UTC
Don't forget Putty as a terminal replacement.

- mn
Friday, October 08, 2004 10:13:07 AM UTC
Calc98 ( is a must... there is a freeware version.
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