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From "J.Pietschmann" <>
Subject Re: [New Web Site] - No images in PDF document
Date Sat, 17 May 2003 18:10:11 GMT
Antonio Gallardo wrote:
> I finally found it at:
> It looks like jimi is an ancient jar. Why is still in use? For
> compatibility with old java 1.1.x or for historics reasons? ;P

Jimi was provided as a stop gap measure to prop up JDK 1.1
capabilities for handling a variety of graphics formats.
Jimi supports a *lot* of different formats (although no
match for netpbm), if someone bothers to write format
recognizers support could be added to FOP and the PDF serializer
Later, Sun developed JAI, a very general interface for
manipulating images. You can download JAI and Suns sample
and use it with the latest FOP and PDF serializer too

Pro Jimi:
- easy to install: just move the classes into the classpath
- pure Java, platform independent (available for Macs, that is)
- potentially supports a lot of image formats
- no fee
Contra Jimi:
- not all that fast
- not maintained

- it's an interface, supply your own implementation if you want
- fast (Suns sample implementation uses native libraries)
- lots of features which can be interesting
Contra JAI
- possibly harder to install, may need special access rigths
   (because of the native libraries)
- not necessarily available for all platforms (Suns impl
   is not available for recent Macs, AFAIK)
- commercial implementations may cost real money
- no open source implementations worth to look at AFAIK

If someone wants to add this tio the Wiki...


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