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1997.06.16 17:17 "TIFF library", by Ivo Welch
1997.06.17 05:52 "Re: TIFF library", by Rainer Wiesenfarth
1997.06.17 14:24 "Re: TIFF library", by Dan Seyb

1997.06.17 05:52 "Re: TIFF library", by Rainer Wiesenfarth

It is rare that I complain about something that is free, but the fact that this TIFF library lacks the ability to do a

        TiffWriteRGBAImage()

that corresponds to the ReadRGBAImage() is an unforgivable omission.

Now, I understand that this function might be involved (e.g., to write BW images from an RGBA image), but do users really have to spend a month to do the most simple tasks with this TIFF library?

IMHO it is not the task of libtiff to provide such an interface. libtiff's main purpose is to handle the thousands (ok, the tens) of different TIFF images. What you call 'the most simple task' is very difficult to implement. I think even tiffcp does not support all kinds of possibly file formats. To give you an idea of how complicated a WriteRGBAImage() may get, I list the TIFF tags you have to take care of when writing the file:

So, if you need only one month to code a WriteRGBAImage() function, I think we all would be happy if you give it to Sam for integration into libtiff ;-)

Greetings Rainer

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