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Tux Paint is a fun and simple graphics editor created especially for young children. The project was started in 2002 by Bill Kendrick for the Linux operating system but was designed for other OS as well later. Kendrick continues to maintain and improve his program with the help of numerous volunteers.

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Tux Paint review

Tux Paint is a fun and simple graphics editor created especially for young children. The project was started in 2002 by Bill Kendrick for the Linux operating system but was designed for other OS as well later. Kendrick continues to maintain and improve his program with the help of numerous volunteers.

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Functionality 5/5

Tux Paint is not just a regular program for drawing. It was designed to be usable by children as young as three years and older. Therefore, it has a simple set of drawing tools, large buttons, big mouse pointers and helpful text messages.

Tux Paint has some filters and special effects such as blurring and fading that you can apply to a drawing. All of them are available through the Magic tool in Tux Paint. You can even use some finished artworks and images or create own stickers placing them into your drawings with the Rubber Stamp tool.

Because this tool was created more for kids than for adults, there is an option that allows parents and teachers to disable particular features and make the most suitable settings for children's needs. Those options are typical like enabling or disabling sound effects, using only a full-screen mode, etc. There are also some options that help make Tux Paint using comfortable for children with disabilities like displaying text with uppercase letters or ignoring the distinction between buttons on the mouse.

A full-screen mode is a nice safety feature because using it you can be sure that your kid will not accidentally delete your work files or prevent children from looking for something more interesting. The quit button can also be disabled.

Design 4.5/5

Tux Paint has an intuitive interface and understandable icons, audible feedback and textual hints that help children while they’re using the program. Also, the bright colors of the interface, cartoon style and funny sound effects can easily engage your children.

You can select a color from the range placed across the bottom, use a toolbar on the left that gives you various tools, and a toolbar on the right that displays different options. For instance, clicking on the paint tool will show you all kinds of brushes; clicking the stamp tool opens up all available stamps. After clicking almost any button, you can see a comment at the bottom of the screen. The Linux penguin gives you all the hints and information and these can be extremely helpful for your kid.

There are also many effects to discover besides different brushes, colors, text tools and fixed forms.

Usability 5/5

In Tux Paint, loading and saving are done differently from other applications. When you save a picture in Tux Paint, you do not need to pick a file name or search for where to place it. If you want to open any previously saved picture, just choose the desired one from a collection of thumbnails that appears on a screen. Also, the drawing board’s size is already set, so whenever your children want to create a new image they don't have to set anything.

Printing a picture is also a straightforward process and takes just two clicks. Tux Paint can be adjusted to disable printing which can help you if your kid got overexcited with printing. Moreover, you can set the printer to work every few minutes.

Anyways, to use Tux Paint your kids don't have to be computer geniuses.

Cross-platform use 4.5/5

Tux Paint was primarily created for the Linux operating system because there was no drawing program for kids that could run on Linux at that time. But for now, Tux Paint is available in 70 languages and also for most operating systems, so this program can be named convenient and cross-platformed.

In-app purchases

Tux Paint is free and doesn’t have any in-app purchases.

Conclusion

Tux Paint is a drawing program designed for young children and kids of nearly any age, but it can also be fun for adults. It’s easy to use and will encourage the creativity of your kid. It comes in a few version for various operating systems and is a completely free Open Source project.

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Conclusion

Tux Paint is an open source software for drawing specially designed for children three years old and up and it will develop and encourage your kids' creativity.


Pros : Kid-friendly and amusing interface;
Parental control features;
Adjustable for kids with disabilities.

Cons : The lack of animation.


Functionality 5

Design 4.5

Usability 5

Cross-platform use 4.5


Average : 4.8




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