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I have used the paint program that comes with windows 7 and found it very useful - especially the numerous predefined shapes. Can I get that version of paint - or something very similar, for my windows-XP machine? I don't want anything too powerful that will require a lot of time to learn.

EDIT: Paint.NET may be a very good at what it does, but its a complete fail with regard what I actually need. I want to be able to draw a variety of shapes like arrows and stars for example.

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Try Paint.Net

Edit: plugins for, "random shape fill" plugin may fill your needs

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I just downloaded it - I can't see many predefined shapes - am I missing something? – Mick Feb 23 '11 at 14:56
Inkscape? Vector Graphics – Phil D. Feb 23 '11 at 15:11
Gimp and Paint.Net are the 2 biggest replacement recommendations for W7 paint on the internet, try Google I suppose. – Moab Feb 23 '11 at 17:19
Mick, check my edit above. – Moab Feb 23 '11 at 19:45
@Moab - I had a look - but noticed that almost all the plugins appeared to be "effects" that could be applied to the whole image. I could scarcely see anything that corresponded to "drawing something". – Mick Feb 25 '11 at 8:45

If you want an application that looks and functions like Windows 7 paint, try PaintRibbon.

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You could try Paint.NET - Free Software for Digital Photo Editing

Alternatively you can use paintribbon, its a paint application for XP and Vista which has the ribbon and is made to look like the Windows 7 Paint. Check it out here

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