Image processing

In my endless quest of nice libraries to integrate into Novelang, I’ve been wandering about image processing. This makes sense for technical documentation with screen captures; often it is useful to do some rescale of fade. Ccompression is useful, too, but it should be probably be left to the rendering stage.

When updating the captured image, you need to process the image again with your Gimp or whatever. This should be done automatically! I’m looking for a scripting language to do clever things. I’ve no idea on how to integrate it to Novelang – maybe some special files to avoid messing macro-instructions with content.

The language itself could be something like this:

    rescale( 40% )
    fade( SOUTHWEST, 3px )

I want something clever with an explicit representation of pipeline processing. And, yes, it should be all in Java and with a GPL-compatible license. Am I asking too much here?

I’ve found an amazing software piece: ImageJ, a public domain tool for image processing with huge amount of macros and plugins. It seems widely used for science. Bad news, image transparency doesn't look like a great concern. The Alpha Channel plugin is the best I’ve found so far with its rough edges.

NetKernel has a pipeline image processing feature that looks like what I want. But I don’t like their everything-is-a-String approach.

Maybe I shouldn’t be so ambitious, and just start hacking “the smallest thing that could possibly work” for solving my own problem instead of looking for a save-the-world solution.

By the way, this is an interactive rendering effect editor based on BeanShell that may ease some pain while hacking image filters.


Laurent Caillette said...

A list of formats supported by ImageJ here. Photoshop support seems to require Sun's Jimi.

Laurent Caillette said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Laurent Caillette said...

ImageMagick and UNIX shell come close to a script language. Here is a complete script library.

Laurent Caillette said...

Sanselan sounds good: pure Java library for image manipulation.