The Image SDK/ActiveX is built upon Black Ice technology used by customers for many years. The Image SDK/ActiveX is a software development tool that helps application developers and programmers create applications with sophisticated image processing capabilities. The Image SDK is compatible with the following development languages: .NET, VB.NET, C#, J#., C, C++ and MS Access.
The Image SDK/ActiveX includes a very powerful feature that makes displaying images to any display device easy. The display feature included in the Image SDK/ActiveX provides an easy to use solution for developers. Application developers now do not have to spend expensive engineering time implementing complicated display routines. Just a few function calls and the Black Ice display routine will do the rest.
Scanning support is based on the latest TWAIN 1.9 drivers. With the latest TWAIN drivers, application developers have total control over almost every aspect of the scanning process. Applications can even turn on and off the use of the document feeder that some newer scanners have in order to perform batch scanning or automated scanning.
The Image SDK/ActiveX support several file formats. From simple BMP files to more complex TIFF and JPEG files, everything is included. The Image SDK can help create standard Group 3 1d, Group 3 2d or Group 4 faxable TIFF files, create JPEG files for web sites, color faxing or photo albums, or use other formats like PCX, DCX, PNG. The TIFF and JPEG libraries developed by Black Ice Software are one of the first and most extensive TIFF and JPEG file format processing and encoding/decoding library available on the market. The Image SDK/ActiveX control can be further enhanced by upgrading to Document Imaging SDK with PDF file format support.
Black Ice imaging and image processing tools provide an easy way to print images in single or multiple print jobs with a wide variety of options. When printing, today’s applications not only want to create a paper copy of an image file but also want to specify the way in which the image will be printed. The image has to be positioned on the paper according to a predefined location, printed with its original size or stretched to a specific size. Some applications even require printing more than one image on the same page so the amount of paper wasted would be minimal. Black Ice imaging tools provide several powerful options to meet these needs.
One very important area where image processing is commonly used is faxing. During faxing image files are being transferred from one device to another. The format, the size and the resolution of the image file that can be transferred is specified by the fax standard and by the device (i.e. fax board) that will transmit the file.
Black Ice Software’s Image SDK ActiveX controls are designed to assist developers in building web-based Internet imaging applications. You can build a server based or client based image-processing web application with quick integration using the Document Imaging ActiveX controls.
The Color Space Conversion functions implement features that change the way that colors are represented in images. Today’s devices represent colors in many different ways. Some devices, such as printers accept 1 bit monochrome images, others accept 24 bit full color images. But there is also a difference in the methods used to encode colors. Some devices, like display devices, works with RGB color space. Others devices such as printers may use CMYK colors space. The Image SDK/ActiveX has over 60 functions, which can be grouped into three sets of functions. There is a group of function to convert a Device Independent Bitmap, a buffer or a single pixel to any of the color spaces. Black Ice imaging tools currently support the following 9 color spaces: RGB, CMY, CMYK, HIS, HSV, L*a*b, XYZ, YIQ, YUV.
The Color Depth Conversion functions implement features that change the way that colors are represented in images. Today’s devices represent colors in many different ways. Some devices, such as printers accept 1 bit monochrome images, others accept 24 bit full color images. Converting a color image to black and white is called halftoning or clustered-dot ordered dither in computer graphics. The Image SDK/ActiveX has 9 sophisticated dithering algorithm, some of them only available from Black Ice such as Stevenson Arce dithering.
Additionally, the Image SDK contains a variety of new sample applications, which demonstrate the new document conversion capabilities and features. The product is fully .NET compatible and also provides sample source code written in C#, VB.NET, and J# to demonstrate the powerful document conversion options