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Old 11-14-2011, 09:04 PM
Mathieu Malaterre
Default Bug#648769: ITP: pylibtiff -- wrapper to the libtiff library to Python using ctypes

Package: wnpp
Severity: wishlist
Owner: Mathieu Malaterre <mathieu.malaterre@gmail.com>

* Package name : pylibtiff
Version : 0.3.0
Upstream Author : Pearu Peterson
* URL : http://code.google.com/p/pylibtiff/
* License : BSD
Programming Lang: Python
Description : wrapper to the libtiff library to Python using ctypes

PyLibTiff is a package that provides:
* a wrapper to the libtiff library to Python using ctypes.
* a pure Python module for reading and writing TIFF and LSM files. The images
are read as numpy.memmap objects so that it is possible to open images that
otherwise would not fit to computers RAM.
There exists many Python packages such as PIL, FreeImagePy that support reading
and writing TIFF files. The PyLibTiff project was started to have an efficient
and direct way to read and write TIFF files using the libtiff library without
the need to install any unnecessary packages or libraries. The pure Python
module was created for reading "broken" TIFF files such as LSM files that in
some places use different interpretation of TIFF tags than what specified in
the TIFF specification document. The libtiff library would just fail reading
such files. In addition, the pure Python module is more memory efficient as the
arrays are returned as memory maps. Support for compressed files is not
implemented yet.
Warning: pylibtiff currently supports reading and writing images that are
stored using TIFF strips. Patches are welcome to support tiled TIFF images.

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