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Thanks to Spot / Up Rough for the previous port (4.1.6). ---- GIFLIB is a package of portable tools and library routines for working with GIF images. The Graphics Interchange Format(c) specification is the copyrighted property of CompuServe Incorporated. GIF(sm) is a service mark property of CompuServe Incorporated. This package has been released under an X Consortium-like open-source license. Use and copy as you see fit. If you make useful changes, add new tools, or find and fix bugs, please send your mods to the maintainers for general distribution. The util directory includes programs to clip, rotate, scale, and position GIF images. These are no replacement for an interactive graphics editor, but they can be very useful for scripted image generation or transformation. The library includes program-callable entry points for reading and writing GIF files, an 8x8 utility font for embedding text in GIFs, and an error handler. GIF manipulation can be done at a relatively low level by sequential I/O (which automatically does/undoes image compression) or at a higher level by slurping an entire GIF into allocated core. This library speaks both GIF87a and GIF89. The differences between GIF87 and GIF89 are minor: in the latter, the interpretation of some extension block types is defined. The library never needs to actually interpret these, but giftext notices them and there are functions in the API to read and modify them. Utilities Here is a summary of the utilities in this package. If you're looking at this page through a web browser, each utility name should be a hotlink to HTML documentation. Most utilities have a -v (verbose) option that will cause them to print the current input scan line number (counting up) whenever they read image input, and will print output image line number (counting down) when they dump output. Utilities that only read or write always print in increasing order. Conversion Utilities gif2rgb convert images saved as GIF to 24-bit RGB image(s) or vice-versa Test Pattern Generators gifbg generate a single-color test pattern GIF gifcolor generate color test patterns gifwedge create a test GIF image resembling a color monitor test pattern Image Manipulation Components gifclrmp modify GIF image colormaps giffix clumsily attempts to fix truncated GIF images Report Generators giftext print (text only) general information about a GIF gifhisto generate color-frequency histogram from a GIF GIF Composition Tools gifbuild converter/deconverter to/from an editable text format gifecho generate GIF images out of regular text in 8x8 font gifinto end-of-pipe fitting for GIF-processing pipelines giftool GIF transformation tool Library Functions The library contains two groups of C functions. One group does sequential I/O on the stream-oriented GIF format. The other supports grabbing an entire GIF into allocated core, operating on it in core, and then writing the modified in-core GIF out to disk. Unless you are on extremely memory-limited machine, you probably want to use the second group. Detailed documentation on the library entry points is in gif_lib.html. The GIF Standard The doc subdirectory includes flat-ASCII descriptions of GIF89 format and Lempel-Ziv Compression. For historical completeness, we also include a copy of the GIF87 standard. You can also read a detailed narrative description of how GIFs are laid out. It clarifies some points on which the standard is obscure. Package Status GIFLIB's current maintainer is Eric S. Raymond. You can find his home page at http://catb.org/~esr/. GIFLIB is not under active development, but bug fixes are being accepted.
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