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RE: Re: TortoiseIDiff suggestions

From: Will Wilson <willw_at_fireflyworlds.com>
Date: 2006-09-25 19:41:46 CEST

Hi All,
        Just my two-pence...

> > Finally, we could use more image formats. We use heavily TGA and DDS.
> I've heard of TGA, but never of DDS.
> TortoiseIDiff supports all the formats which are supported by GDI+
> (installed by default on XP and higher, redistributable dll for win2k).
> I've never used DirectX - can you maybe give me some pointers on how to
> use the imaging functions there?

While it would be quite easy to make use of the DirectX image loaders I feel it might be a bit too costly in terms of the extra dependencies it would create. To put it a better way; is it worth the extra binary size & maintenance overhead to support the few users that actually use the benefits it brings with it? Probably not I'm thinking.

Another, less involving option would be to expose a basic plugin API for TortoiseIDiff to expose. This would allow for the support of all of the esoteric formats out there without causing any additional overhead (beyond implementing the plugin management) to the rest of the TSVN project. That way people like me & Assen can get support for DDS (Direct-Draw Surface format - used for 3D textures) integrated & then everyone's happy. In theory :) Good idea?

If yes, I'll try & devise a suitable API for it. I'd love to have DDS support so would be quite happy to have a go.

Received on Mon Sep 25 19:42:01 2006

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