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Journal of tonyc (123)

Sunday October 28, 2001
07:33 PM

Imager 0.39pre1

[ #1097 ]

I've been very busy with work over the last few weeks, and finally I'm working sane hours again. I hope.

Addi's planning on releasing 0.39 of Imager to CPAN soon, and so has released 0.39pre1 for testing by anyone who's interested.

This means that all the funky new features that have been added since 0.38 will soon be available on CPAN.

Some of these include:

  • Freetype 2 support, with transformations (rotation, shearing)
  • fountain fill filter (supports most of the functionality of the gradient tool in the GIMP)
  • general fills, including hatched, fountain (gradient), tiled images (with transformations), transparent colored fills. These can be used on boxes, filled arcs, and flood fills.
  • masked images, so you can take a rectangular subset of an image, and even supply a write mask
  • improved gif support (better handling of paletted images)
  • reading and writing Windows BMP and TARGA files
  • image tags, use to store meta-data read from an image, most formats support resolution information, some support more
  • image rotation (you needed to mess around with the transform2() engine before this). The same engine can do other linear transformations.
  • more ways of specifying a color, in Imager::Color->new
  • exposed some filters that didn't appear in the OO interface
  • image sharpening, either through the unsharp_mask filter or using the convolution filter
  • better Win32 support, under both normal Win32 and cygwin
  • lots of bug fixes