As promised we are releasing the first development alpha of 36-image converter 4.7 “Tiger Chameleon” to the world. It has been in development for 3 months yet and includes many interesting changes especially for people with advanced camera’s. This is also the first public version which includes the new Core Image Processing Unit.
36-image converter 4.7 is far from finished but the current release already shows huge improvements, but still isn’t stable yet. We could say that it’s already 20% finished. Here’s a full list of all changes in this build :
-Reduced memory usage
-New conversion engine (Core Image Processing Unit v0.3.1)
-Support for the RAW formats of over 300 digital camera’s (List)
-Faster filters handled by CIPU
-A bunch of new filters
-More stable write support for TGA, TIF, TIFF, Portable Bitmaps (raw), ICO, CUR, PNG, JPEG, JPEG2000, PCX and EMF
-Added write support for RLE, 256-colors (8-bits) and 16-bits BMP, ICB, Portable Bitmaps (raw),
-Tweaks to convert menu UI
-New splash screen and icons
-Added install welcome screen
There are still some bugs and therefore we can use as many feedback as possible.
36-image converter 4.6 went through the first two step of its development and it looks promising. The new interface has already been natively implemented and the performance was sharply improved. 36-image converter 4.5 takes about 140.000Kb’s of memory while 36-image converter 4.6 only uses 35.000Kb’s which means that 36IC 4.6 is 75% lighter and also 40% faster than its predecessor. There is also a technology added to decrease memory usage by 95% and only use 2% of CPU on an average PC. Where photoshop and even paint keep using massive amounts of memory, 36IC just sleeps. This technology will also make 36IC 4.6 much greener by reducing the system resources in standby and lowering the power consumption.
These are great performance improvements, but still we are going to set new minimum system requirements. 36IC 4.6 will require at least 10Mb of free diskspace, a 1,6Ghz processor, 512Mb of memory, 64Mb of graphic memory with DirectX9 installed.
The Focus-effect is also renewed, but this is quite a minor update.
The next things that will be taken care of are making the PII save/open much more stable and implementing the 36CONVERT conversion engine from 36-image express. Then the selection menu’s for effects/more/masks and frames will be tweaked. We will also add a function to import objects and resize and move these. This will take 36IC to the next step : Layers!
To make room for this function we will move the “Color Mozaic” tool to the effects menu.
36-image converter 4.6 is scheduled for this weekend.
Now one of the greatest misconceptions about 36-image converter is that it can batch convert images. Well it can’t, but we are going to change this. In this version or one of the following 4.6.x versions there will be a tool which will enable you to select multiple files and send them to 36-image converter for batch conversion or even resizing. We will use the bulk file selector of the recently released FileTorment 4.0 for this. So you will simply be able to select an amount of files and add them to a list, when you are ready you can click a “Send to 36IC for conversion”-button, and the files will be converted, one by one as soon as possible. This would support all 36 input filetypes,except password protected PII and would support all output filetypes, including password protected PII.
36-image converter 4.6 “Chameleon-War” is expected to be released at the end of this month and will possibly feature a new default interface to fix the visibility issues, a new rendering engine which support images up to 5.000×5.000 pixels or more, batch conversion to avoid mistakes about 36IC being a batch converter or not, stabilized and faster conversion for tif, tiff, raw, pbm, pgm, ppm and targa images and an amount of minor tweaks. It could also support a few extra output filetypes.
The next version 4.6.2 will probably handle the performance of 36-image converter by tweaking the resources and modularizing the bigger components.