Drawpile 2.0.4 Release

April 25, 2017

Version 2.0.4 is now out! This release introduces new features, but also fixes a couple of bugs.

Bugs fixed in this release:

  • Fixed user lock and OP status getting out of sync with the server when joining back to a session
  • Added missing error reporting if image saving fails

New features and improvements:

  • There is now a dedicated brush slot for an eraser (eraser mode is permantenly active in this slot)
  • Eraser as a separate tool is back. The eraser tool works works just like the freehand tool, but it only uses the new eraser slot
  • Switching the currently selected brush into eraser mode is now done with a new shortcut: Ctrl+E
  • Added a new tool for drawing Bezier curves
  • A size limit can now be set for the flood fill tool to protect against accidental fills.
  • Flood fill tool now has an erase mode

And last, but not least, is the new Room Code feature.

When you announce a session, the list server assigns a random five letter code to it. This code can be entered into the server address box in the Join dialog in place of the full session address. All listed sessions get a room code, but it is most useful with the new private session type. When the listing mode is set to private, the session will not appear in the public list, but you still get a room code. This way, when you want to invite friends to a session but do not want to make it visible to the general public, just set the listing type to private and send them the room code.

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Drawpile 1.0.3 Release

April 17, 2017

Version 2.0.3 is now out. This release fixes some more bugs and restores some UI features. If you've been holding back from the 2.0 series because of the missing brush choice buttons, this is the release for you!

This release introduces the following changes to the UI:

  • Brush selection buttons (1-5) are back!
  • Brushes and the tools that use them are now decoupled: any brush can now be used with any tool
  • Any brush can now be switched into eraser mode
  • Consequently, the Pen, Brush, Watercolor and Eraser tools have been merged into a single Freehand tool. Which mode it works in now depends on the selected brush.
  • The maligned tool preset pie menu is now replaced with a brush preset dock
  • Restored 'X' shortcut key to swap between primary/alternative colors
  • Smoother behavior now matches version 1.0.6

This release also fixes many bugs:

  • Fixed application crash when merging layers
  • Fixed invisibly locked layers (strokes would disappear after drawing)
  • Fixed empty canvas after reset (caused by mixing of non-reset and reset messages during auto-reset)
  • Fixed missing ctrl/alt modifiers when using a tablet stylus
  • Fixed server crash when a new user joins
  • Fixed lockup when squishing selections
  • Fixed "connection error" when username contains non-ASCII characters (server AppImage specific bug)
  • Session timeout setting now works as it should

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Drawpile 2.0.2 Release

March 27, 2017

Version 2.0.2 is now out. This release fixes the bug that would lock up the application when a session was reset, and many other bugs. It also adds a new logo contributed by Leandro Pacheco. In many ways, this is the release version 2.0.0 should have been.

Changes in this version include:

  • Fixed returning from fullscreen mode to maximized window
  • Fixed server crash when terminating an announced session
  • Restored missing "lock dock positions" feature
  • Messages received during reset while session history is full are now dropped (mitigates auto-reset loop of death)
  • Fixed layer selection after current layer is deleted
  • Separated layer delete & merge menu items
  • Various session template related fixes
  • Session history size is now displayed in the status bar
  • Fixed lockup on reset when navigator was visible
  • Reset no longer clears pinned chat message
  • Fixed "hide from self" layer menu item
  • Fixed selection moving when selection is partially (or completely) outside the canvas
  • Fixed Windows XP and Vista compatibility (32 bit version)

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Drawpile 1.0.1 Bugfix Release

March 20, 2017

Due to some critical bugs discovered in version 2.0.0, version 2.0.1 is now released a little ahead of schedule.

Changes in this version include:

  • Brush crosshair cursor restored (configurable: activate it from the preferences dialog)
  • Session announcement list error messages are now shown properly
  • New feature: timestamps can now be automatically added to recordings
  • Fixed frequent canvas rollbacks when many people were drawing simultaneously (stroke would disappear, then reappear)
  • Moderator accounts now get OP status correctly (regression fix)
  • Fixed exclusive layer locking
  • Fixed restoring session & layer ACLs after a reset
  • Fixed cut&paste and annotation locking
  • Progress bar is now shown during session reset
  • Fixed missing username in "op granted/revoked" chat messages
  • Fixed duplicate local messages when sending reset snapshot
  • Fixed max session count and session size limit settings in server GUI

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Drawpile 2.0 stable release

March 18, 2017

The 2.0.0 stable release is finally here! Version 2.0 has finally reached the level of quality where I feel it is ready to replace version 1.0.6 as the official stable release.

Version 2.0 is unfortunately incompatible with 1.x versions. For this reason, version 1.0.6 is still available on the download page as a ZIP package (Windows) that does not require installation, so that it can be used in parallel with the new version.

The public server will be switched over to version 2.0 later today. Privately run 1.x servers will of course continue to function, and the public listing server will continue to accept announcements from the old version.

Compatibility notice: If you get an error saying "this is not a drawpile server" when you connect to a server, that means you're running version 1.0.6 and the server requires 2.0. If you try to connect to a 1.0 server with the 2.0 client, the client will just sit there until the connection times out. (It's waiting for a message in the new format that will not arrive.)

When upgrading from 1.0.6, I recommend first uninstalling the previous version to make sure no old libraries are left over. The Windows version now comes in 64 and 32 bit varieties. If the 64 bit version does not work for you, try the 32 bit one.

So, what's new in version 2.0? Read on to find out. (TL;DR at the end.)

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