If there's one thing I've learned in designing GUI's and websites is you can't please everyone. One person's favorite part is another's "worst idea ever".
Same goes for Pinta. Some people want to be able to move the various widget pads away from their canvas. Others want them to always be visible and easy to reach.
For Pinta 0.4, we're going to try to please as many people as possible. To do that, we've brought in MonoDevelop's incredibly awesome docking library. This allows you to resize, move, close, float, and autohide pads.
Here's the default:
Here's an example of a customized layout:
Hopefully this will please 90% of our users! Many thanks to the MonoDevelop team for such as awesome (and small!) library!