Intrest around the MyPaint project seems to have increased lately, both from end users and contributors. I suspect this is both due to the software maturing and getting more publicity (especially thanks to David Revoy of the Durian project). We hope to see this trend continue!

In and before version 0.7 practially all development was done by project lead Martin Renold alone. However, for the upcoming release I suspect that over half of the commits/code changes comes from others. And this is not due to Martin slacking off! Especially Ilya Portnov has done a lot of good work, but we also have significant contributions from 4-5 others. Needless to say, this is awesome.

MyPaint v0.8?

Here are some of the larger features/improvements that will be in the next release.

  • Internationalization – you can now have MyPaint in your own language!
  • Layer dialog – a graphical interface for manipulating layers
  • Palette – with nifty features like autogeneration of colors/shades

  • Improved brush dialog – with tagging/grouping to make it easier to navigate
  • Revamped color selectors
  • MyPaint in german

We are aiming to get this out in November/December, but…

##We want your help

Besides coders we want translators and people to write documentation. Don’t worry if you don’t have a lot of experience, we will help you get started. We also want packagers so we can get into official package repositories. And someone to help get a Mac OSX version up and running (should not take much) would be great.

Interested? See the Resources on wiki site for how to get in touch.