Krita becomes the first to release a GSoC2011 project feature
The newly released unstable version of Calligra Suite has an updated version of Krita — an advanced painting tool and raster graphics editor that seems to be first at featuring results of Google Summer of Code 2011 program.
The results in question are support for downloading new resources such as brushes, gradients and textures from Internet.
For that Krita employs Get Hot New Stuff protocol (GHNS for short). GHNS isn't something new for KDE applications. For instance, Kdenlive, the KDE's non-linear video editor, has been supporting GHNS for fetching new swipes and export presets for several years now.
Why are we so excited? Well, there are two reasons. The reason number one is because it usually takes months to years (sic!) to integrate GSoC code into actual releases. And GSoC2011 hasn't even made it to mid-term evaluation yet! So the "release early, release often" policy clearly is a bliss here.
The reason number two is that we in CREATE project have been discussing GHNS support in free design applications for quite a while already, and finally at least one application has it done. Hence the urge to spread the news.
The GHNS thing, however, isn't the only reason to try the unstable version. This version also has quite a bit of usability polish here and there, as well as smoother painting and better tools presets management (see above for illustration). All in all, if you do digital painting, the final v2.4 is going to seriously rock the world.