36-image converter v4.7 and CIPU v0.3.1

For a while you have been noticing that we use the term CIPU a lot in our twitter posts concerning the development of 36-image converter v4.7 “Tiger Chameleon”. CIPU is the new conversion engine of 36-image converter and stands for Core Image Processing Unit, it is in fact comparable to Core Image in Mac OSX but of course not as advanced. We will disclose more about CIPU in a later post. This post concerns our proceedings in the development of the newest 36-image converter, “Tiger Chameleon”.

We have ported the Internal Batcher supporting TIF, TIFF, TGA, PBM, PGM, PPM and RAW to CIPU which takes the weight of the front end. This improves the performance a whole lot and lightens 36-image converter’s executable from 4.5Mb to 3.3Mb, also lowering memory usage.
This change also optimizes support for the concerning filetypes, Portable Bitmaps for example are now converted correctly, PBM is monochrome, PGM is greyscale and PPM is full color. Also error messages and bugs during the conversion of the above filetypes are hereby history.

We have also added support (at request) for 256-color (8-bits) BMP, 16-bits BMP, ICB, RLE, RAW and ASCII Portable Bitmaps and removed malfunctioning support for basic RAW.

Other not filetypes related changes are :
-Tweaks to the UI of the Convert-menu
-A new splash screen
-A new Icon

But this isn’t all, 36IC 4.7 is far from being released and we still have to add a lot of functionality. In total there will be more than 100 updates and bug fixes, these are a few of them that are still in progress :

New Features :
-Tool to directly communicate with CIPU to allow batch and context menu conversion/resizing
-Read Support for Jpeg2000 and loads of other filetypes
-Active Tutorial when you first open every submenu
-“Duplicate as object”-function
-“Save Selection”-function
-“Move Selected area”-function
-“Apply Filter to Selection”-function
-“Move Selection”-function
-“Expand to Left”-function
-“Expand to Right”-function
-“Expand to Up”-function
-“Expand to Down”-function
-“Contract Left”-function
-“Contract Right”-function
-“Contract Up”-function
-“Contract Down”-function
-“Set Selection Size”-function
-New Filters

Improvements :
-Updated color of selection and color squares to new Mirage Gradient for visibility
-Updated Extension Manager with ability to select an icon for 36IC associated files
-Updated DashBoard
-Updated DashBoard Channels
-Updated Settings Panel
-Updated and more reliable PII encryption
-Faster filters handled by CIPU
-Tweak Object insert tool

Bugfixes :
-Fix rotation by checking pixels

Minor Updates :
-Updated Help File
-Updated ReadMe
-Move Color Mozaic to Filters menu
-Make Add Object button
-Add optional v4.4/5 “Twilight”-Theme

As you can see we are working hard to deliver a 36-image converter 4.7 that is an improvement to v4.6. The same stable 36-image converter which is even lighter and with dramatically improved functionality, we are even aiming to make 36IC 4.7 the second biggest release to v4.4 “Ninja”.

36-image converter 4.7 will be released in August 2009, about a year after v4.4 was released, but in the meanwhile you can enjoy 36-image converter 4.6.


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