MOSAnICk

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Theory
MOSAnICk is a utility that creates mosaic-based pictures. Essentially the pictures that MOSAnICk creates are based upon a source image (which, obviously, supplies information on which parts of the result should be red, which parts should be dark, etc.), but is itself made up from dozens / hundreds / thousands of miniature pictures.

Features
(MOSAnICk is written for Win9X/NT/2000)
MOSAnICk keeps multiple image databases (generated by you) of pictures. The pictures are stored in either Portrait (upright) or Landscape (sideways) format, depending on the dimensions of the source images you supply. When generating a mosaic, source images of one type are loaded from a database and made to fit a scaled version of a target picture using various adjusting techniques. These adjusting techniques include various image lighting and tinting models, as well as image mirroring.

Key Features
Independent image databases - no need to keep original pictures on hard drive once they are included in a MOSAnICk database.
Multiple adjusting techniques - fading to white, fading to black, multiplicative tinting, hue shifting and image mirroring all available.
Multiple small image sizes - 64x48, 32x24 and 16x12 (larger sizes will be added in a seperate version if enough requests are received by the Developer)


Downloads

File Transfer...MOSAnICk Executable (52.2Kb Zip File)
This contains the exectuable itself, as well as the history and readme manual.

File Transfer...MOSAnICk Demo Files (757Kb Zip File)
This contains a demo database of sixty pictures and a miniature MOSAnICk icon picture, as well as instructions on how to use these to get the large picture displayed at the top of this page. Also included is the final, resultant file, compressed down in .JPG format.
This requires the Executable above to use!


Version History

Version 1.00
Initial test version
Only has BMP file loading ability

Version 1.01
Implemented "+ Directory" database control
Added "Hue Shifting" composition control

Version 1.02
Fixed some BMP file loading problems
Added "Mirror Images along Vertical Axes" composition control
Implemented slider bars on main display viewer
Optimised creation algorithms to stop disc thrashing on large pictures
Improved scaling algorithm
Created DEMO files
Created ReadMe and History files

Version 1.03
Stopped application freezing whilst performing "+ Directory"
Added "Accurate" creation process
Added estimated picture size
Optimised creation algorithms for speed

Version 1.10
Added MiniPic highlighting and implemented "- File" database control
Added PCX file loading ability

Version 1.11
Removed memory-leak bug in Win2000

Version 1.20
Removed resource-hogging bug
Added JPG file loading ability
Optimised resizing function
Added minipic-repetition reduction code

Version 1.21
Removed bug with upper-case files
Added extra JPG and BMP file formats

To Be Done
Implement GIF, PNG, PPM and TGA file loading abilities


Feedback

If you've downloaded MOSAnICk and liked it, please tell your friends... and if you'd like to boost my morale by telling me you liked it, please do. :-)

If you've downloaded MOSAnICk and had problems with it, email me at the address shown below and I'll try and have a look into what's going wrong.

If you've created a great picture with MOSAnICk and would like me to create a link to it here, mail the link to the above address (I'd like to get a page set up with links to mosaics people have made with MOSAnICk...)


Links

Here are a collection of links to MOSAnICk-related places on the web:
AGFAnet - I was mentioned in one of the monthly AGFAnet newsletters, which is great. AGFA are pretty huge in the camera world, so being mentioned is pretty high profile...
Foto-Freeware - Chris hosted my utility on his site and added a link to here, which was very nice of him...


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Then you must be a programmer."