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