Drawpile 2.1.9 release

May 19, 2019

Version 2.1.9 is now out. In addition to bug fixes, this release contains a major change to the built-in server.

Now, when hosting a session using the "This computer" option, a new thick server is used. In practice this means the server no longer needs autoresets and each user joining gets a fresh snapshot of the canvas, ensuring fast login time.

This is a new, still somewhat experimental, feature. If you encounter any bugs, please report them at the bug tracker or the Discord server. If you need or prefer the "thin server" style where the whole session history is sent to new users, you can use the dedicated server instead of the built-in one.

Presently, the standalone/dedicated version of the thick server is still a work in progress and only included in the source code release.

Note: if you're running a headless dedicated server, check your command line arguments when updating to 2.1.9. The --secure argument has been removed. If TLS is enabled, secure mode is now always used. (The client has never offered an option not to use TLS if it is available. This option was for the benefit of Windows clients in early versions when TLS support was not reliably present in the Windows build.)

Bugs fixed in 2.1.9:

  • Fixed that disabled brush slots were still selectable with a keyboard shortcut
  • Fixed potential crash when logging in to a session
  • Ctrl+C shortcut now works in the chat box
  • Server: fixed crash when using file sessions (regression)
  • Fixed duplicate entries in the "Nearby" server list
  • Very long pinned chat messages no longer force the window to become wider

Other changes:

  • Incompatible sessions are no longer hidden in from the Join dialog
  • Added support for read-only list servers
  • The built-in server is now based on the new Thick Server
  • Server: added support for real password hashing algorithms
  • Server: removed argument --secure (secure mode is now always used if TLS is enabled)


Drawpile 2.1.8 release

May 4, 2019

Version 2.1.8 is now out. This release contains a few bug fixes and feature improvements.

In the macOS build, the bundled Qt library version has been updated to the latest version. This enables Dark Mode support on macOS Mojave, and may improve high-DPI screen support as well.

Bugs fixed:

  • Server: fixed crash when closing a session
  • Fixed formatting in update check dialog when more than one new version is shown
  • Drag&dropping a link to an image onto the canvas now works again
  • Fixed crash when opening an OpenRaster file with missing stack.xml

Feature enhancements:

  • Server: listings are now refreshed in batches instead of individually
  • Background color alpha can now be set in the "new image" dialog
  • Adaptive canvas zoom slider: the minimum value is now always the zoom level needed to fit the whole canvas on screen. Read more
  • Drawpile can now download the latest version via the "check for updates" dialog
  • New more efficient recording index format. Indexes are now generated faster and the files are smaller. Read more
  • Enabled dark appearance support on macOS
  • Memory usage optimization: only the minimum amount of session history is now kept in memory
  • Manual session reset snapshots are now retained separately for one minute
  • NSFW sessions are no longer hidden by default


Drawpile 2.1.7 release

April 13, 2019

Version 2.1.7 is now out. Only a few changes in this version. The most important one is the properly patched Qt library in the Windows version, which should fix some tablet problems.

Other changes in this version are:

  • Added Ukranian translation (thanks to Yuri Chornoivan)
  • Fix navigator not updating correctly on canvas resize
  • Improved join dialog:
  • Removed list server selection dropdown. Instead, all listings are shown together in the same box
  • Replaced the filter buttons with labeled checkboxes
  • The session list box can now be hidden by simply resizing the dialog
  • The dialog now remembers its size


Drawpile 2.1.6 release

April 6, 2019

Version 2.1.6 is now out. For Windows users, this release fixes the tablet problems that appeared in the previous 2.1.5 version.

Bugs fixed in this release:

  • Fixed tablet support in the Windows build
  • Fixed that the chat box would autoscroll when not scrolled to the bottom
  • Fixed session settings shortcut clash with the fullscreen shortcut (F11) by removing the default shortcut for session settings
  • Fixed lines being drawn across the canvas if session reset occurs while midstroke

Features and other changes:

  • Added Night Mode (Windows and Linux only at the moment, support for macOS coming later)
  • Session permissions can now be saved as presets
  • New shortcut: Tab now hides or shows toolbars and docks
  • Added an option to share the same color across all tool slots
  • Session can now be reset to an image loaded from file
  • Scrollbars are now hidden in fullscreen mode
  • Added "pick color from layer" brush mode
  • Enabled smooth canvas scaling at certain zoom levels (1-200% or 1-800% when rotated)


Drawpile 2.1.5 release

March 30, 2019

Version 2.1.5 is now out.

Bugs fixed in this release:

  • Fixed navigator view dragging
  • Fixed brush preset shape rendering
  • Fixed saving of brush presets

Features and other changes:

  • Added an option to update the navigator in real time
  • Added a new shortcut: tab (customizable) toggles toolbars and docks on and off.
  • Switching to fullscreen mode no longer hides tabs and toolbars
  • Reverted some changes made to the status bar (moved zoom slider and flip and chat buttons back)