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CodeLab for Paint.NET

Develop your own plugins for Paint.NET!


Most Paint.NET plugins are written in C# and most plugin authors polled prefer CodeLab for plugin development. CodeLab is a free (as in "free beer") development environment for writing Paint.NET effect plugins in C#.

The first version of CodeLab was written by Tom Jackson (of the Paint.NET team). After he published it, several members of the Paint.NET forum posted a few bug reports and many enhancement requests. Since he has not shown any interest in updating CodeLab, I took it upon myself to update and enhance this wonderful tool. I have published several updates to CodeLab and I am now the official maintainer of CodeLab.

If you have suggestions for improvements or bugs to report, please post on the official CodeLab thread in the Paint.NET forum.


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Download the effect DLL here: CodeLab.dll (Version 1.8 - ZIP format)

Just save this DLL file into your \program files\Paint.NET\effects directory and "unblock" it. After that you should be all set. Please read the following page if you need help installing Paint.NET plugins.


Thanks! How can I help?

I update CodeLab in my spare time and I share it with everyone for free. You are not required to pay me in order to use CodeLab. However, if you would like to support the CodeLab development you may do so by buying me a beer via PayPal (no account required).

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The following is a list of people who are trying to get me drunk:
Scott Stringer (aka Ego Eram Reputo), John Stout (aka jstout), Michelle Greathouse, Angelia Udechukwu (aka ladyangelamarie), Jeromy Goodnight, Noriyuki Chiba (aka dpy), Rick Williams, Gary Muhonen (aka garymuhonen), and Steve Brereton. Wouldn't you like to buy me a beer, or two?


What can I do with CodeLab?

Once you have the DLL installed and working (it should show up under the Effects>Advanced>CodeLab menu in Paint.NET) you can read the following tutorials to help you get started:



More Information

Here is some more information that you may find useful:
CodeLab Help File
History of CodeLab
CodeLab Source Code for Visual Studio 2005 C# - (Advanced users only)

 

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