Outlook not so good

April 13th, 2010

I’ll start out by treating WordPress as an actual blog rather than a glorified news script by saying that I recently got a job. Because of this, the development for Pictus is currently at a stand-still and I can not at this time say whether or not things will stay like this in the long run. My current plan is to see if I’ll be able to start working again on Pictus in the semi-near future and if failing that, release it as open source. The latter is unfortunately unlikely to improve the situation much, as there are already countless well known and active FOSS projects that developers can contribute to instead. I’ll try to post an update in about a month or so with a more concrete decision.

I’ll try to end this post with a slightly more positive spin by posting a screenshot of the current development build. Not visible in this static image is that the toolbar fades away when the cursor isn’t near the toolbar location. Also, rendering was being rewritten to be fully hardware accelerated.
Early screenshot of the new overlay toolbar
Unfortunately, it’s quite far away from being release-worthy.

Pictus 1.1.4

January 3rd, 2010

After almost one year, here comes another version. Main news are countless bug fixes, performance improvements, basic Windows 7 integration and thumbnails in Windows Explorer for Windows Vista and 7. GDI support is currently disabled, although this will probably not affect anyone.

Also, there’s a single installer for both 32-bit and 64-bit now. If you are currently using the 32-bit version on a 64-bit operating system, you might want to uninstall that one before upgrading.

Pictus 1.0.1

March 6th, 2009

After much procrastination, here is another update. It fixes a few somewhat rare installation bugs and makes rendering faster on dual-core (or better) processors, especially when using Lanczos3 resampling.

Pictus 1.0

December 1st, 2008

Just uploaded a new version of Pictus. I were running out of version numbers so decided to tag it as 1.0. The main improvements are better support for animated GIFs, better Direct3D performance for integrated GPUs, better Vista integration, Lanczos3 filtering and countless bug fixes.

Status Update

October 26th, 2008

I’m not dead! There’s some tricky issues that’s delaying the next version of Pictus, but it’s on the way. Can’t say when, but I would be surprised if I won’t be able to release it this year.


August 11th, 2008

New site in the works. Pictus is up again.