The original reason for suggesting
making Pillow a requirements is that during the SciPy conference
sprints Juan and I found that the unit tests were failing when
only the modules required for scikit-image were installed. I
think parts of this should be fixed by Pull Request #1060 
which will make the matplotlib related tests skippable. This was
compounded by the fact that the version of Pillow Continuum's
provides for windows is broken, and the version of QT they link
matplotlib to has some issues. Let me do some additional testing
and see if this is still an issue, if it is I'll open a GitHub
If anyone is interested there is an MIT licensed pure Python PNG
reader at: https://github.com/drj11/pypng
- Jonathan Helmus
On 07/16/2014 05:25 PM, Juan Nunez-Iglesias wrote:
@stefanv, despite the possibility of getting imread
included in Anaconda, I would argue that it's better to go with
the most widely supported package by default. Will you also
campaign to have it included in Canopy, NeuroDebian,
@jjhelmus and I also looked into grabbing BSD-licensed,
pure Python readers for TIFF, PNG, and JPEG, and including
them in our code, to fall back on when none of the plugins are
available. As I recall we found a candidate for PNG but I
don't remember continuing on the search for a JPEG reader...
Patrick, thanks for the input! Hopefully the Pillow
package will be updated in Anaconda soon! I would not be
happy shipping a release with a vaguely-supported
workaround as a dependency.
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