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  • Blog Post: A few updates and links

    Some folks have been inquiring about the sampel code that I had on my blog. Since my web host was changed and the content was lost, I've moved the code to CodePlex. I've pruned the samples, and made them availabled here . What's included: Converting WPF BitmapSource <-> GDI+ Bitmap Metadata...
  • Blog Post: WIC Tools now available!

    The following WIC Tools are now available from the Microsoft Download Center... with source code! WICGrinder (updated!) WICExplorer Sample CODEC, metadata handler, pixel formats Click here to download the code! Also here.
  • Blog Post: Using WPF's InPlaceBitmapMetadataWriter

    Many folks have tried to use the WPF Imaging InPlaceBitmapMetadataWriter class without much success. Unfortunately the SDK sample provided only shows how to use this with PNG files... and this is less than ideal since folks are mainly interested in metadata on their JPEGs and TIFFs. The InPlaceBitmapMetadataWriter...
  • Blog Post: HD Photo Beta Plugin for Adobe Photoshop

    Have you been eye-ing the new HD Photo format? Are you an avid user of Adobe's Photoshop? Well, now you can give HD Photo a whirl in Photoshop CS2 (or the CS3 beta). Download the HD Photo Plugin for Adobe Photoshop .
  • Blog Post: CMYK Color Profile Posted

    For those of you using CMYK images in your workflow using WIC, you'll want to download the CMYK profile that was posted a few days ago . Enjoy.
  • Blog Post: DJ Tiësto & Windows Vista

    Some of you who know me better know that I'm a huge DJ Tiësto fan... even before he was vote #1 DJ in the world. Having been a bad fan lately and not checking out the fan website recently, I figured I'd check it today. To my surprise there's now a Windows Vista Sidebar gadget as well as a very cool application...
  • Blog Post: So you wrote a WIC enabled CODEC... Does it work?

    After reading this blog, Peggi's whitepaper , and the MSDN Documentation , you decided to write a CODEC for an image file type. The CODEC was even tested in WICExplorer . Great! Now you hope that the CODEC is fully functional... meaning that you can use it from the Windows Vista shell, Windows Vista...
  • Blog Post: WIC RC1 Download!

    For those who have been waiting for a standalong download of the WIC redistributable, here it is: x86: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=a6e324c4-ae01-4725-a92e-2b38beaf34c0&DisplayLang=en x64: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=597A3323-4D48-4993...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Article on how to write a WIC CODEC

    Peggi, Lead PM on WIC, put together a most excellent write up for all of the things that go into writing a CODEC for WIC. It covers everything from the required interfaces that need to be implemented to which registry keys are required. The article is now up on MSDN. Check it out here! If anyone has...
  • Blog Post: Interested in Windows Media Photo?

    Bill Crow has a really great blog about Windows Media Photo. Interested in finding out more about this new image format? Head over to his blog !
  • Blog Post: Updated WICExplorer, AIT CODEC, RGB Effect...

    WICExplorer, AIT CODEC, and RGB Effect are now updated for Beta 2. AIT CODEC Code (Beta 2): AITCodec_code.zip AIT CODEC Compiled (Beta 2): AITCodec_compiled.zip AIT CODEC Code (Beta 2): Code is also found in C:\Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\v1.0\samples\WPFSamples.zip in the Imaging folder...
  • Blog Post: Updated AIT CODEC

    We've noticed that there was a bug in the AIT CODEC around ColorContexts. When trying to view AIT files through WPF APIs, this bug will maifest itself as not being able to open the image, though WICExplorer was able to display it. The fix is relatively simple for now... just commenting out the support...
  • Blog Post: First Sample BitmapEffect

    We've announced a while ago that the BitmapEffects pipeline within WinFx (particularly in Windows Presentation Foundation) would be extensible. However, no samples were provided. Today I'm posting the first sample that we've created for test purposes. It demonstrates how to build a simple BitmapEffect...
  • Blog Post: Official MSDN Documentation (for WIC and BitmapEffects)

    Some folks have asked where the official documentation is for WindowsCodecs. It's there in MSDN, but it's not with the rest of the WinFx Documentation (mainly because the WIC APIs are unmanaged). The official MSDN Documentation for WIC is here: http://windowssdk.msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp...
  • Blog Post: Background on Metadata Query Language

    During the design phase of WIC (Windows Imaging Component), we took a holistic view of the issues the issues that plagued our predecessor GDI+. Many of the items that came up from customers, newsgroups, and internal discussions revolved around building a stable and robust set of CODECs, providing what...
  • Blog Post: Photo Demo Used in Channel9 Video

    In the Channel9 video , Peggi showed off a WPF application using the managed Imaging classes. As mentioned in the forums on Channel9, we're making this code available... Code (Feb. CTP): PhotoDemo_code.zip (code no longer available) Compiled (Feb. CTP): PhotoDemo_compiled.zip (code no longer...
  • Blog Post: WICExplorer Features Updated

    Since the original version of WICExplorer, there have been a few updates that we've done to it. Mainly these have been extending the existing functionality. New features added in this version include: You can now open an entire directory of images. You can now unload or close an image after...
  • Blog Post: Updated WICExplorer and AIT CODEC

    A while ago I posted a sample AIT CODEC and WICExplorer . I've (finally) updated these for the latest February CTP bits. Please keep in mind that in order to use the AIT CODEC, you must sign the binary with a certificate . AIT CODEC Code (February CTP): AITCodec_code.zip AIT CODEC Compiled (February...
  • Blog Post: WPF Imaging (WIC) on Channel9

    We're on Channel9! If you have some time, check out the interview ! Coming soon to this blog... updated WICExplorer for Feb. CTP demo app used in the video
  • Blog Post: Signing CODEC binary

    There have been quite a few folks developing CODECs that work with WindowsCodecs CODEC extensibility. Since the Dec. CTP (maybe sooner), one popular question that has come up is that when trying to use WICExplorer to load up the image, you get a component not found error. The reason behind this is that...
  • Blog Post: WindowsCodecs Image & Metadata Viewer

    Some of you out there have already been taking a look at the WindowsCodecs APIs and have begun building new CODECs for the WindowsCodecs Extensibility System. This is goodness! However, you're probably wondering if the CODEC that you're doing will "play nicely" in a generic application built on top of...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Max

    Microsoft Max , built on the Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) was just announced at the PDC! Great job guys! This app really showcases what can be built on top of the Imaging APIs within WPF. Truly cool stuff! Check it out... UPDATE : Some more press on Max from CNET News .
  • Blog Post: Implementing a Custom CODEC for the WindowsCodecs Extensibility System

    As the name implies, a CODEC is a enCOder and DECoder. In the case of WindowsCodecs, Microsoft provides a set of APIs that allow our customers to implement their own CODEC for their custom image file format. Like this anyone who utilizes the WindowsCodecs APIs will be able to take advantage of all of...
  • Blog Post: Working on implementing a CODEC

    As I mentioned last week, I would be sharing a test implementation of a CODEC built for the WindowsCodecs extensibility system. This work is progressing along nicely... the CODEC is full written and working. However, there were a few snags that I hit... which, unfortunately, are snags that will be hit...
  • Blog Post: Introducing WindowsCodecs!

    Last night, Pablo made a post to the Avalon newsgroups about WindowsCodecs ... To quote him directly: We are pleased to announce that the documentation for Avalon's Windows CODECs is now posted on MSDN. http://winfx.msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/wic/wiclh/imagingcodec...
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