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.
The development of “Ninja” is going very well. We already managed to get 17 real output filetypes for conversion. To give you an idea, the current version can only convert to bmp, pii, targa, pbm and raw, and also jpg, tif and bmp if all goes well. With all our current development resources combined, 36-image converter 4.4 will be able to 100% successfully convert to : bmp, dib, jpg, jpeg2000, tga, raw, tif, pcx, ico, cur (yeah that’s right, real windows cursors!), pbm, raw-pii, gif, emf, wmf, pgm and ppm. There will certainly be a way to convert to png as well, but we our still researching that along with mng, rle, iff, cal, ras, pic, psd, psp and our own encrypted filetype PHIX. This means that if we succeed, 36-image converter will be able to convert to 27 filetypes. To give you an idea that’s 10 more than photoshop. The amount of input filetypes will remain basically the same, except that Ninja will support the native raw-pii and phix as well.
We have also made a few icons, we only have to choose the best one. We aren’t going to put a real date on the release but you might expect 36-image converter 4.4 still this month.