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Oliver Jones oliver@d...
Thu Aug 15 00:21:14 NZST 2002

Indeed this is true.  Imagemagick is slow, memory heavy and buggy.  And
the (Perl) API is pretty ass.  But as you say there is not a lot of
choice.  Except maybe Imlib2.


On Wed, 2002-08-14 at 23:32, V K wrote:

    > And ImageMagick isn't just an image viewer either.  It provides an API
    > which you can use in other apps to do all sorts of image manipulations. 
    > >From your description what you need is (in order of importance):
    The big thing to keep in mind about Imagemagick is that at any one
    time, 25% of it is so faulty it's useless. With each release, it's a
    different 25%. Possibilities include generation of postscript output
    which produces stack underflows on every interpreter, making it obvious
    that the programmer hasn't tried his product even once.
    I still use a version 3.9.1 of 5 years ago, because I know that those
    functions I use work. 5.4.2 is almost at the same point, but it's
    noticably slower, in some cases (of simple image scaling) taking >3
    times the amount of CPU time. Perhaps it's doing a better job.
    Unfortunately there doesn't seem to be another command line program
    which does similar jobs.
    Volker Kuhlmann			is possibly list0570 with the domain in header		Please do not CC list postings to me.

Oliver Jones > Senior Software Engineer > Deeper Design Limited. 
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