Yes, all imports would have to be relative.  I've chimed in on #42, but posting my thoughts here:

"I'd vote to have a source-only version, and wheels for 64 bit Linux, Windows, and OSX with just the freeimage support.
Rather that auto-downloading, it would be nice to present the user with the option of whether to download an external lib, perhaps as a simple Tk dialog.
I think partial functionality is fine in this case given the nature of the library."



On Thursday, November 13, 2014 3:03:27 PM UTC-6, Almar Klein wrote:
Hi all,

I'm pleased to announce version 1.0 of imageio - a library for reading
and writing images. This library started as a spin-off of the freeimage
plugin in skimage, and is now a fully-fledged library with unit tests
and all.

Imageio provides an easy interface to read and write a wide range of
image data, including animated images, volumetric data, and scientific
formats. It is cross-platform, runs on Python 2.x and 3.x, and is easy
to install.

Imageio is plugin-based, making it easy to extend. It could probably use
more scientific formats. I welcome anyone who's interested to contribute!

install: pip install imageio
release notes: