Several months ago, I decided to take the code for skimage's freeimage plugin (which was originally written by Zach Pincus) and turn it into a stand-alone library. I discussed with Zach and a few others how to proceed with that, and it seemed that time was a limiting factor for many, so I ended up doing most coding on my own.
The project is called imageio http://imageio.readthedocs.org/ and it is now a plugin-based library with a relatively small core. The freeimage plugin that started it all currently provides most file formats. Its now at a stage where I think the core is pretty much finished, and focus can shift towards different plugins for various scientific formats. But I am not going to do that alone :)
I could use some help with: * People just trying it out. * People checking the design of the classeshttp://imageio.readthedocs.org/en/latest/classes.htmland plugin system http://imageio.readthedocs.org/en/latest/plugins.html. * If possible, people checking out the code a bit. * And of course, people writing plugins!
The way I see it, imageio can become a common backend for reading and writing images for several libraries (including skimage), or can function stand-alone.
Further, I plan on moving it to github to easier attract developers.
Any help and comments is much appreciated, Almar