We have finally finished the AlphaConvert and BetaConvert Module of 36-image converter which provide 36IC 4.4 with the ability to convert to : jpeg, jpeg2000, tif, tiff (for mac), pcx, gif, ico, cur, raw-pii, pii, emf, wmf, png and jng. We are going to tune the default converter-engine to enable it to additionally convert to bmp, dib, tga, raw, pbm, ppm and pgm. This makes a total of 21 output filetypes +2 variants of Jpeg : jpeg (native) and jpeg (advanced). The difference between these is that jpeg advanced programatically supports higher compression and better color preservation.
Now the development of the main executable and the design part of project Ninja will begin. Tomorrow we are going to adjust the old batcher and add them to the main executable and starting Wednesday we are going to start designing the full interface later to also add it to the main executable. This will probably be our biggest obstacle as the interface will be a huge change and will make most of the weight of 36-image converter executable.
The new core will be based on the old one (CN:Lapiz) but will be new in some aspects so the new core is codenamed : “Azul”. Azul will be more reliable and will have better support for big images.