We know that all together from various sources 36-image converter is downloaded about 600.000 times, but we only take one result as official and untampered with measuring tool, CNET. And this night, the 100.000th download of 36-image converter was confirmed.
36-image converter is around since februari 2006 and has been listed on CNET since July 2006, it took off quite fast quickly bringing it to 20.000 downloads and to one of our most downloaded applications. Later in 2007 we started seeing the potential of 36-image converter and we started building other more advanced tools and version, thus even increasing the amount of downloads even more. In 2008 came 36-image converter 4.4 “Ninja” and this has put us on the map as the most popular real image converter and one of the top 20 most popular image editing tools in the world. And today, we have 100.000 official downloads.
I can only say one more thing : Bring in the 1.000.000!
It’s been a week since we released 36-image converter 4.6 which brings 36IC again one step closer to becoming one of the top image editors, by adding a new interface, a more stable conversion engine and basic support for layers.
In one week time we have already received good feedback concerning the update and are climbing towards the top positions on CNET’s Download.com with +-340 downloads a day, topping 480 downloads on Wednesday. We directly had 1.827 downloads in the week of it’s release and we will probably have a +2.100 downloads a week result for the last week of May. This means 36-image converter defeating XnView in popularity and climbing to the 17th position out of 1.600 image editors with a bit luck even the 15th position. So maybe you can find us on the second page of Download.com’s “Image Editing Software”-section. These results make 36IC 4.6 our most popular application ever by far and with the largest marketshare in its category of all our applications (0,1%), obviously we must have been doing something good.
We are also busy developing the next version of 36-image converter. We are thinking about losing the entire internal conversion engine of 36-image converter and we are currently researching support for all filetypes supported by that engine. So we will have to add TIF, TIFF, TGA, PBM, PGM and PPM support to the 36CONVERT module instead. We will completely drop output support for RAW and perhaps replace it by PostScript, SVG or DXF support. This will make 36IC much more stable, lichter and ensures that the concerning filetypes are converted successfully. This is the same engine that is also included in 36-image express so 36Ix will also start supporting TIF, TIFF, TGA, PBM, PGM, PPM and PostScript or a vector image format. We will also add a notification to the PII system which enables large images to be converted to be encrypted and decrypted successfully, since that is a problem in the 36-image express Beta. We have already successfully implemented TIF and TIFF, now we have to port TGA from our experimental testbase to 36CONVERT, the next filetype we will be researching will be one of the vector filetypes and we will try to find a solution for the Portable Bitmaps, but so far so good.
So most updates for 36-image converter 4.6.2 will be beneath the surface on the 36CONVERT-module but we will also fix some small issues with the object insertion function and tweak some stuff. If the performance and stability improvements are big enough and we succeed into adding enough new functionality to the conversion engine, the next version might as well be 4.7 so we will keep it with the codename “Tiger Chameleon”.
"Tiger Chameleon" will be much faster and more stable.
We discovered something very disturbing. 36-image converter 4.4.2 takes 134Mb of memory usage and uses a constant flow of 50% CPU on a windows XP Home Edition 2,4 Ghz Intel Core Duo with 1024Mb of Memory. This is intolerable, 36-image converter loads every resource into the memory, filters, frames, or masks. Combining the 800×600 images used in the masks/frames/filters with the HD-interface and the 20.000 lines of internal code, causes a giant pressure on the memory that can be avoided. Hence all resources will be made external with special filetypes for Filters/Frames/Masks and all continuous data flows will be disabled. The screen will also be frozen when it is not in focus to avoid excessive CPU usage.
So the next release will fix this excessive usage and will be focused on fixing some minor bugs as well.
-N2BUGx002A : No Undo when editing plain empty image.
-N2BUGx003A : Black dot in eraser.
-N2BUGx004A : Inconsistent eraser.
-N2BUGx001B : Settings reset after update.
-N2BUGx000X : Low interface contrast on some PC’s.
We are also going to try to get the “Text Tool” out of its beta phase.
We have a new Bug Database on a Linux Ubuntu PC to keep track of every bug in the history of 36IC and to solve these bugs faster as well.
To end with we want to announce that 36-image converter is now one of the top 30 most popular Photo editing applications, we are #29 just before Ulead Photo Express and after Adobe Fireworks CS3 and even rising.