[sword-devel] image support

DM Smith dmsmith555 at yahoo.com
Fri Sep 7 07:38:28 MST 2007

I would like to suggest a new "Feature" in the conf of "Images" to 
indicate that the module has images.

Karl Kleinpaste wrote:
> I hesitate to ask for much more in the way of new feature support,
> considering that Troy has graciously reacted so well to my previous
> agitation about a new release, but let me just put a bug in folks' ears
> about the need for improvements to image support in Sword Project UIs.
> Peter (refdoc) recently aimed me at a wonderful resource for some lovely
> and useful image collections.  As a result, I've recently created 6 or 7
> new all-image modules.  They can be found on my repository.  The Doré
> Woodcuts are simply gorgeous; they're in two formats, one as a genbook
> with simple hiearchical keys, and one in commentary format,
> verse-range-keyed to the portions referred to by the images.  Be aware
> that these modules are huge -- 70Mbytes.  Credit to Peter for doing the
> legwork of creating the verse ranges I needed for the module import.
> There is also a Lineage module, consisting of some amazingly useful
> detail on the lineage of patriarchs and others.  Plus there are a few
> other smaller but still interesting and useful modules.  These modules
> are all in status combination of public domain, publicly available, or
> copyrighted with permission for non-profit distribution.
> One thing I see in reviews of Bible software is how much folks like to
> see maps and photos, and this is my way of trying to contribute to more
> of that kind of content.
> One thing that I believe is important is image resizing.  Many images
> are much too large to fit even onto one's screen, much less into a
> subwindow of a UI that's doing several things at once.  GnomeSword takes
> care of this with a preferences setting for auto-resizing, such that GS
> will enforce height and width constraints on images so that they fit
> proportionally within the containing subwindow.  One can also then click
> such an image, which induces GS to spawn an external viewer
> (ImageMagick's "display") in order to view the image full-size.
> I've asked DM as to the difficulty of doing something similar in
> BibleDesktop; also, I am aware that BibleTime does images, but doesn't
> offer resizing, which is a feature that I wish that crew would consider.
> WinSword, of course, doesn't yet do images at all, and I really think it
> needs the ability.
> --karl
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