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.
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 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.
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.