RE: Open Source Graphic converter RGB to CMYK

Subject: RE: Open Source Graphic converter RGB to CMYK
From: sburnf -at- au1 -dot- ibm -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2005 17:39:54 -0700

> For those who may be thinking of trying it: Being somewhat brainwashed
> into the Windows OS mentality, I was caught off guard by the command
> line interface. Unless I'm missing something, you don't see the
> ImageMagick "program," but it does have a viewer to show you the
> results of your manipulation. You have to enter the command and then
> look at the change in a separate viewer (included in the installation).
> The difference is something I can get used to.

I haven't used it for a few years so this could be out of date, but:

ImageMagick on UNIX/Linux has a GUI. It looks a little odd but works fine.

ImageMagick on Windows, by itself, can't run the GUI. You need another
program called an X server running on your PC to use the ImageMagick GUI.

Why? Most UNIX programs use an X server (part of the X Window System)
to do the grunt work of rendering graphical windows. Because MS Windows
has its own, different, way of rendering graphics, ImageMagick on
Windows can't just call on an X server to draw its preview and editing
windows. You can buy X server software to run on your Windows PC.
Hummingbird eXceed is the best known. There are other commercial
and free versions but I don't know much about them.

This page has some more info:

> It brings to mind the discussion a few weeks ago about the power of
> the command line interface. I can certainly see where the command
> line interface would make it much easier to manipulate batches of
> graphics by using ImageMagick.

Yes. Once I had to convert several folders of graphics to a different
format. Was able to do them all (and add a one-pixel border at the
same time) with one command. A real time-saver.


Stuart Burnfield


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