The following are changes currently implemented in development builds of Cyotek Palette Editor. Please note that these changes are not final and may be removed prior to the next stable release. If you have any comments about these forthcoming changes, please contact us.

Nightly builds featuring these changes are available from the Downloads page.

Note: Version 1.8 and above now require Microsoft .NET Framework 4.8

Important! Previous versions used DotLiquid for templating support; this library has now been replaced with the more powerful scriban (in liquid-compatibility mode). However, some minor changes to your custom templates may be required.


  • Fixed a number of crashes due to the introduction of the new colour grid and numeric updown

Breaking Changes

  • Replace DotLiquid library with scriban (#492) This may result in some changes being required to custom templates, for example white space might be effected and some filter arguments may require quoting
  • Now requires Microsoft .NET Framework 4.8 - this means Windows Vista, Windows 8, Windows 10 1507 and Windows 10 1511 are no longer supported. Supported systems are Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 1607 and above or Windows 11


  • Added support for reading Fractint palette maps (#412)
  • The Batch Conversion dialogue now displays attributes of files selected for conversion (#159)
  • Added Lighten and Darken commands (#171) (User Manual)
  • Added Saturate and Desaturate commands (#172) (User Manual)
  • Added hex8, ah, rh, gh and bh tokens for use with the Copy Colour command and tooltip formatting (User Manual)
  • Added new option for defining the content of colour tooltips (User Manual)
  • Add new option to always have the palette editor window on top (#421) (User Manual)
  • When sorting palettes, you can now choose if the palette should be sorted in ascending or descending order (#427) (User Manual)
  • Palettes can now be sorted by the Red, Green and Blue channels of colours
  • Palettes can now be sorted by saturation or luminance
  • Added first iteration of scripting / macro extension
  • Holding down Control and clicking in the main colour grid or colour list will now copy the selection to the clipboard (#422)
  • Added a new option to automatically copy the selected colour to the Clipboard each time the selection changes (#423) (User Manual)
  • Added a new option to enable editors for the alpha channel (#415) (User Manual)
  • Added Tints, Shades, and Tones to the Schemes view (User Manual)
  • Added a new "Experimental Features" extension which will provide access to new functionality under test. Currently includes a Blend and Gradient views
  • Added support for NES 64 colour RGB triplet palettes (#485)
  • Some views no longer automatically track the active colour swatch, instead a new Sync with Active View command has been added to manually trigger
  • You can now drag swatches onto colour wheels or RGB / HSL editors to copy the swatch into the editor
  • You can now drag swatches from grids in secondary views onto the main colour grid to add or insert swatches
  • Added warning when saving a palette containing swatch names to a format that doesn't support these


  • All colour grids now use the same (brand new) control for consistent appearance and behaviour
  • Less common palette types are now excluded from default installs


  • Colour grids can now be correctly scrolled and navigated using the keyboard (#58)
  • Colour grid was sluggish and didn't work correctly when huge palettes were used (#164)
  • Colour list is now virtual and will have better performance with huge palettes (#169)
  • When adding colours via the Schemes or Variations views, new swatches are inserted after the current selection instead of always being added to the end of the palette
  • Copying a template would cause the copy to be deleted on clicking the OK button of the Templates dialogue
  • Printed swatch pages didn't use the full page (#432)
  • Printing and Swatch Image operations now correctly default to the last used settings
  • Using the colour wheel no longer resets the lightness of the colour to 50%
  • Editing a colour would reset the alpha channel
  • Colour context in secondary views wouldn't appear on first request
  • Script editor would crash if the macro directory didn't exist (#487)
  • Variations colour grid now displays tooltips
  • Warnings are now correctly shown when saving palettes between incompatible formats (via Save As, Save Copy As, or Export to a Palette File), previously these might not get displayed
  • The Batch Conversion dialogue is now sizable


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