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Does anybody know what's happened to GD?

by SilasTheMonk (Chaplain)
on Oct 06, 2010 at 11:58 UTC ( #863765=perlquestion: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??
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The last time the question of GD VS ImageMagick Again... was asked back in 2007,GD seemed like a clear winner a least for basic web resizing of images. Since then the underlying GD library seems to have died. seems to stop at that point. The library is in the 'oldlibs' section on Debian. I cannot really believe the that the library reached it's final form whilst having 94 bugs. Assuming that the project has died and no one takes over, how do monks feel about this?
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Re: Does anybody know what's happened to GD?
by Corion (Pope) on Oct 06, 2010 at 12:02 UTC

    I use Imager and Image::Thumbnail for basic resizing and most image handling. I guess that GD fell by the wayside as it never supported JPG.

      Since when did it never support JPEG?

        Weird - it seems that it "always" supported JPEG. I was always under the impression that GD only supported GIF, GIF+PNG, PNG and then GIF+PNG again, when the GIF patent expired (disregarding fringe formats such as XBM). From browsing through the versions of Makefile.PL, it seems that JPEG support came (unnoticed) in 1.26 , which is the first to check for -ljpeg.

        So I must have formed my image of GD in 2000, which is about when I started with Perl, and never updated my assumptions...

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