Nick Mudge Ignition Software Consulting & Development

I've been reading Anthony Thyssen's writing on Imagemagick, and material on Imagemagick is a group of command line tools for image manipulation.
The Imagemagick website says:

ImageMagick is a software suite to create, edit, and compose bitmap images. It can read, convert and write images in a variety of formats (about 100) including DPX, EXR, GIF, JPEG, JPEG-2000, PDF, PhotoCD, PNG, Postscript, SVG, and TIFF. Use ImageMagick to translate, flip, mirror, rotate, scale, shear and transform images, adjust image colors, apply various special effects, or draw text, lines, polygons, ellipses and B├ęzier curves.

The functionality of ImageMagick is typically utilized from the command line or you can use the features from programs written in your favorite programming language.

Looks like there is a nice PHP API for this (others too), called MagickWand for PHP. I'm just starting to use it on the command line through PHP's exec and system functions.

One thing I found that I like, and which seems obvious but I never thought of before is using query strings in image source attributes to dynamically create images. Like: <img src="image.jpg?query=Some Text For Image">

Also been looking for some examples of web-based graphics editors (preferably open source) (I want to build one). Found an open source one by Pete Frueh. It uses the GD library. Here's a demo of it. Here's the article where I found out about it: Open source PHP-based Ajax image editor.

Gabriel Von Doscht showed me this really nice one called Wiredness (glowfoto). The client side looks all AJAX. Shows what you can do with graphics with AJAX/Javascript, some server-side scripts, and graphics manipulation software underneath.

And I came across a comparison from Anthony Thyssen's writing, which I found really interesting: Comparison of Povray and OpenGL.


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