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Edit ZX-Spectrum screens easily with a comfortable Windows-like Graphics tool.
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You can load existing or create new SCR (screen files), draw images with mouse-sensitive tools like circles, rectangles, polygons etc. You have different fill styles available in tool boxes and you can alter the colour attributes very easily. Also, transparent colour effects are available here. You can also convert your BMP/JPG/GIF files with this tool, and if you want, you can hold the pictures in this format. ZX-Paintbrush converts the pictures in a Spectrum-compatible form, respecting the colour attributes and hardware limits of this machine. You also can produce exports to SCR files or to ZX-Editor's ZED files; right now, ZX-Paintbrush is the only connection to the old ZX-Editor. Also TAP and TZX files can be created including headers.
Now, ZX-Paintbrush also can be used as a font editor for sinclair fonts (using 256 characters) with either 4x8, 6x8 or 8x8 (standard) pixels. You can read/write corresponding font files (with 2048 bytes of size each) CH4, CH6, CH8 or CHR and also CHX files directly.
ZX-Paintbrush also appears as a dialog within ZX-Blockeditor, if needed to edit screen blocks.
Circles, triangles, ellipses, rectangles, polygons, parallelograms and rounded rectangles with different fill styles
Windows fonts can be drawn also in 4 different directions with shading and contour effects.
Spraycan and Floodfill tools; now, the floodfill also can have special filling styles.
Raster moving can be set to any distance (makes easy exact drawing)
Filling with colour attributes is possible
Mirroring, rolling, scrolling and inverting tools for whole screen and for selections
Display with different zoom levels
Transparent colour effects possible
import interface for BMP/GIF and JPG pictures, with conversion dialog, where you can adjust the picture brightness, contrast and size.
export interface for ZED, TAP, TZX and SCR files.
full clipboard support - internal clipboard (as ZXP file format) for transfers from one ZX-Paintbrush to another; also Windows clipboard paste function
transparent and coloured overlay graphics can be handled; useful for clipboard functions as well as copying graphics from one place to another.
special font editor view for CH4, CH6, CH8 or CHR files, including key recognization and indication of the corresponding letter.
rotations of overlay images in 4 different directions.
Sinclair text editor for different sizes and supporting 3 different font types (for 4x8, 6x8 and 8x8 sizes); also shading and contour effects.
'Multi block editing' mode now allows you to change all SCREEN$ blocks of TAP and TZX files at once. As you may expect, you have a file list view from which you can select the compatible datablocks. Simply change from one SCREEN$ to another by clicking the blocks in the file view. You also can convert from TAP format to TZX format and vice versa very easily now.
ZX-Paintbrush now can receive SCREEN$ blocks from ZX-Blockeditor.
ZX-Paintbrush now can send the current picture in the editor to ZX-Blockeditor's clipboard. There, it can be easily pasted from.
CHX big font file support (for usage in ZX-Editor Second Edition). CHX font editing now works on a character map where you can edit all characters together. Create new CHX files and fill them with any Windows font. Set free areas left or right on each character to make it smaller using the new "shader" tool.
ZXB file support (ZX-Modules meta files)
ZX-Paintbrush can be used as direct editing dialog within ZX-Blockeditor (v.2.0).
Edit Basic and variables datablocks with ZX-Editor Second Edition (>= v.2.0) running inside a dialog window.
Display icons, dialogs and texts in 3 different sizes (for larger screens)
Edit colour attributes directly with the new tool "free attributes".
Load or edit ULAPlus palettes.
ZX-Paintbrush now can handle Timex SCREEN$ (if you want with ULAPlus support) and edits Bifrost*ColorTiles.
Map editing support
List of Changes:
|Date:||Description of changes:|
|Dec. 2014||New program version 2.6 published|
|Jan. 2015||Ctiles and btiles now can be edited with the "edit with ZX-Paintbrush" feature within ZX-Blockeditor and ZX-Editor S.E.|
|Jan. 2015||New program version 2.6.1 published.|
|Mar. 2015||Bugfix: Lanex reported a bug in the import picture dialog, which produced weird pixels when an image is being shrunk. The HALFTONE stretching and shrinking was not active. Now it's always used.|
|Mar. 2017||Bugfix: Changing
display size causes display problems on some dialogs. Now, ZX-Paintbrush
must be restarted after changing the display size.
Bugfix: Javier reported the bug that in ULA+ mode, it's only possible to draw in CLUT 0. I was very surprised about that bug.
Bugfix: The Palette grid that appears in ULA+ mode was not affected by the display size setting.
|Mar. 2017||New program version 2.6.2 published|
|Mar. 2017||Bugfix: As always when I restored my developing PC the English language package was forgotten, it happened once again. I hope it will now be stable!|
|Added NIRVANA+ wtile support.|
|Mar. 2017||New program version 2.6.3 published.|
|May 2017||clausjahn suggested the ZX-Spectrum standard palette being able to be adjusted with a new function in the options dialog. The options dialog has now three buttons in section "Colours" with which you can load the default ZX-Spectrum palette from a file, edit it or restore it to the defaults of ZX-Paintbrush.|
|The free attributes tool now does not longer show a pixel line while drawing.|
|Bugfix: Hikaru reported that ZXP contain a ULA+ palette after the global palette has been adjusted before saving. ULA+ palettes should only be stored when ULA+ mode is active.|
|colonel32 suggested a copy attribute tool, with which you can pick up a colour attribute and draw attributes with it.|
|colonel32 suggested a palette inverter tool, which exchanges the INK and PAPER cluts in the current palette (ULA+ or non-ULA+).|
|Bugfix: colonel32 reported the known bug that the file open dialog from Windows truncates the file mask string to MAX_PATH characters. He suggested to use the Vista compatible dialogs instead. It seems to work now. An I don't expect we need the Windows98 support anymore.|
|Bugfix: Hikaru reported that switching between ULA+ and non-ULA+ mode does not register the current file to be modified.|
|Bugfix: Hikaru reported that opening a non-ULA+ file while a ULA+ palette is still active, does not switch back to non-ULA+ mode. But it definitely should.|
|Bugfix: KgMcNeil reported a bug that made it impossible to get pixel exact picture imports by the import picture dialog. There was a HALFTONE option active which changes the pixels sometimes in a worse way. I removed that HALFTONE flag.|
|Hikaru suggested a new palette handling. In truth it was very strange what happened when you worked with global palette changes and ula+ palettes together. Now, the palette organization covers 8 separate palettes: P0 to P3 which change the ZX-Spectrum standard colours (including flashing effect), and U0 to U3, which are made for ula+ handling. The user now may toggle between P0 and U0, P1 and U1 and so on with one toggle button, but the Ux and Px palettes do not longer interfere with each other.|
|Jul. 2017||New program 2.6.4 published.|
Downloading ZX-Paintbrush for Windows:
|Necessary files description:||Files:||version state:||Download here
Common changes ZX-Modules.chm
ula+ palette examples
|July 14th, 2017|
|Sinclair fonts in different sizes||
|referred and recommended tools:|
|ImageULAplus||Used for creating ULA+ related pictures|
Important note for Linux users using Wine:
Wine does not install MSI installer automatically. To install the downloaded MSI file, use the following command under Wine:
wine $HOME/.wine/dosdevices/c\:/windows/system32/msiexec.exe /i ZX-Paintbrush_2.6.4_Setup.msi