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Current Issue (Issue 105)

Thought of the Week:- “Progress has little to do with speed, but much to do with direction.”
ImageMagick:- http://www.imagemagick.org/ Free (5 MB). All General Purpose Operating System.

ImageMagick - "Image manipulation software that works like magick". It is a robust collection of tools and libraries to read, write, and manipulate an image in many image formats (over 89 major formats) including popular formats like TIFF, JPEG, PNG, PDF, PhotoCD, and GIF. With ImageMagick one can create images dynamically, making it suitable for Web applications. One can also resize, rotate, sharpen, color reduce, or add special effects to an image or image sequence and save the completed work in the same or differing image format. Image processing operations are available from the command line, as well as through C, C++, Perl, or Java programming interfaces. Here are just a few examples of what ImageMagick can do:

Convert an image from one format to another (e.g. TIFF to JPEG).

Resize, rotate, sharpen, color reduce, or add special effects to an image.

Create a montage of image thumbnails.

Create a transparent image suitable for use on the Web.

Turn a group of images into a GIF animation sequence.

Create a composite image by combining several separate images.

Draw shapes or text on an image.

Decorate an image with a border or frame.

Describe the format and characteristics of an image.

To get an idea of the capability of ImageMagick, one can see the examples from the following page. http://www.imagemagick.org/images/examples.jpg

ImageMagick is quite portable, and compiles under almost every general purpose operating system that runs on 32-bit or 64-bit CPUs. ImageMagick is available for virtually any Unix or Unix-like system, including Linux. It also runs under Windows '95 and later ('95, '98, ME, NT 4.0, 2000, and XP), Macintosh (MacOS 9 and 10), VMS, and OS/2.

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Site of the Week:- http://rocky.dlib.vt.edu/~etdunion/cgi-bin/browse.pl

This is an OAI Union Catalog of Electronic Theses and Dissertation, where one can Browse and Search the Theses and Dissertations of various Universities and Institutions. One can get the full text for the same. This is a Union Catalog Project hosted by Virginia Tech University. There are more than 7500 full text theses and dissertations available from this site.


That's all for this week. See you next week.

Madhuresh Singhal