[PYTHON IMAGE-SIG] Announcing the Python Imaging Library, release 0.2b4

Fredrik Lundh fredrik_lundh@ivab.se
Tue, 14 Jan 1997 19:56:10 +0100

The source distribution of PIL 0.2b4 is now available from the usual


Lots of new stuff, including:

+ Plugged a number of serious memory leaks; PIL leaked lots of
  memory when loading PNG and tiled/striped TIFF images, and
  even more when saving images in any format.

+ PIL now reads nearly all formats that previous versions could
  only identify.  This includes FLI/FLC, MSP, PSD, TIFF w. pre-
  dictor, TGA, and XPM.  Decoders for compressed versions of SUN
  and TGA have also been added, but they are completely untested
  (samples of these formats would be very appreciated).

+ PIL now writes BMP, uncompressed GIF, and PNG.  It also writes
  uncompressed MSP files, but that's mainly by accident.

+ PIL now handles GIF and FLI animations.  Use the "player"
  script to view an animation.  The "gifmaker" script can be
  used to create uncompressed GIF animations.

+ PIL now allows you to control the quality when writing JPEG
  files.  You can also write progressive JPEG files.

+ The "image2py" script converts an image to a Python module.

And the usual crop of bugfixes and assorted hacks.  See the CHANGES
file for details.

As so often before, there's been a few minor fixes to 0.2b4 after the
Windows binary kit was releases.  I'll update that one as soon as

Cheers	/F

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