From: Dom Lachowicz (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Wed Oct 22 2003 - 12:06:44 EDT
Changing the topic a bit toward something I'd find
more productive -
So, on Unix, we have an architecture called GdkPixbuf.
On MacOSX, there is QuickTime. Like ImageMagick,
they're capable of loading lots of different image
formats, displaying it, and giving you back the image
in some other format - say PNG, RGBA, etc...
I was just wondering if there was anything similar on
Win32 and QNX. Could be a COM object. Could be some
GDI/GDI+ APIs that I'm unfamiliar with. MSIE,
MSOffice, etc... use some control or API to do this.
Why can't we do the same?
If so, it would be cool for us to use this sort of
technology. We'd be capable of handling anything the
underlying OS was capable of handling, which is a good
The necessary bits would already be loaded, so the
plugin would be pretty light-weight. We'd avoid the
speed, bloat, and packaging issues that ImageMagick
brings with it, and we'd avoid the mess of packaging
lots of smaller plugins.
I don't know if this is feasible - for all I know, I
could be talking out of my ass. Proof (or proof to the
contrary) is appreciated.
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