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#1 Posted : Thursday, January 19, 2006 5:18:09 PM(UTC)

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We have released Aurigma Graphics Mill 3.5 for .NET Release Candidate. Here is list of new features:

New Add-ons

Since version 3.5, Graphics Mill can be used along with additional modules (add-ons). The following addons are available:
  • AVI Processor Add-on for Graphics Mill. This add-on allows to work with AVI files - read, write, recompress, work with audio, etc. See the AVI Processor Add-on introduction for more detailed list of features.
  • Advanced PSD Add-on for Graphics Mill. This add-on exposes new PSD processing functionality: possibility to get separate raster and text layers and read their settings. It makes possible to use PSD files as templates for personalized graphics as business cards, flyers, etc. See the Advanced PSD Add-on introduction for a list of features.
  • Red Eye Removal Add-on for Graphics Mill. This add-on enriches Graphics Mill with red eye effect removal functionality. See the Red Eye Removal Add-on introduction for a list of features.
New Features of Graphics Mill
  • Added Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2005 and .NET 2.0 support.
  • Added new Windows Forms control - Aurigma.GraphicsMill.WinControls.ThumbnailListView. You can get more details about features of this control in the Using Thumbnail List View Control topic.
  • Added possibility to clear the undo/redo history using Bitmap.ClearRedoHistory, Bitmap.ClearUndoHistory, and Bitmap.ClearHistory methods.
  • Added possibility to get the file meta-information without loading the bitmap into memory. In particular:
    --Pixel format (and all pixel format-based values such as bits per pixel, color space, etc);
    --Horizontal resolution;
    --Vertical resolution;
    --Color profile.
  • Added possibility to save a color profile to a file using the ColorProfile.Save method.
  • Added possibility to enable/disable the compression during the bitmap serialization. See the Bitmap.CompressSerializedData property reference for more details.
  • Added the BitmapViewer.UpdateControlAlongWithBitmap method which causes the control to repaint the bitmap.
  • Added possibility to get all file formats supported by Graphics Mill for reading/writing via FormatManager.SupportedMediaFormatsForLoad and FormatManager.SupportedMediaFormatsForSave methods.
  • Improved PDF support - now it is possible to save indexed bitmaps (1-bit, 4-bit, and 8-bit).
  • Improved the Web control:
    --Added integration with Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2005.
    --Improved client-side code: now Web controls are XHTML-compatible.
    Warning Internet Explorer 6 does not fully conform XHTML. It causes the Aurigma.GraphicsMill.WebControls.BitmapViewer to be displayed improperly. This way it is still recommended to use HTML 4.0 Transitional mode.
    --Improved file caching mechanism. Now it allows to share the cache files to enable using the Aurigma.GraphicsMill.WebControls.BitmapViewer control on web farms. The problem with cache files interlocks has been resolved.
    --Simplified deployment in ASP.NET 2.0 applications - no need to maintain client scripts and public/private cache.
    --Fixed the problem Aurigma.GraphicsMill.WebControls.BitmapViewer control usage through the SSL protocol.
    --Added Click server-side event for the Aurigma.GraphicsMill.WebControls.BitmapViewer control.
  • Improved TIFF support.
  • Improved EXIF and IPTC information support;
  • Improved the Font.GetBlackBox method: now it supports not only single characters, but also single-line text strings.
  • Optimized speed and improved quality of the scale-to-gray resize technique.
  • Optimized the Aurigma.GraphicsMill.Transforms.AdjustHsl transform speed.
  • Fixed the problem with multithreaded environment on multiprocessor machines.
  • Fixed the problem with GDI resource leak in the trial version of Graphics Mill under heavy load. Note, full version of Graphics Mill did not suffer of this bug.
  • Fixed the problem with incorrect blending of two indexed bitmaps.
  • Fixed the problem with creating of transparent GIF files.
  • Fixed few problems related to the clipboard.
  • Fixed incorrect extraction of the image resolution values from JPEG2000 files.
  • Fixed the problem with eliminating of the alpha channel when Levels transform executed in automatic mode.
  • Fixed the problem with accuracy losses in the ApplyMatrixTransform transform (affine/projective linear transformation).
  • Fixed the problem with a Shadow transform which slightly darkened the bitmap after being applied.
  • Made a number of other minor bug fixes and improvements.
Breaking Changes in API
  • The HatchBrush.BackgroundVisible property was renamed to HatchBrush.TransparentBackground. Note, although the semantic of new name is contrary to the old one, the behavior was not changed. This property misbehaved in the previous versions.
  • Bitmap.RaiseXXX methods has been removed. These methods were public in previous versions because of overlook.
You can download it here:


Note, at that time as DLL files in download package are final, this version doesn't contain new samples and has preliminary documentation. The final version will be available in the end of next week. Also this version is for .NET 2.0 only. The version for .NET 1.1 will be available with final release.
Best regards,
Fedor Skvortsov
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