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Software News   Software News : AISS Amiga Image Storage System 3 available
   posted by Mason on 11-Aug-2006 15:45:51 (3870 reads)
AISS 3 is available on the AISS section of Masonicons.de .

Features:
- more than 400 image sets (over 1200 single pictures).
- 24 bit PNG images with 8 bit alpha channel
- large documentation HTML format
- printable PDF preview of the images

AISS is a system to store, access and maintain toolbar images under AmigaOS.

Read more...




The Powericons system is recommended for AISS3. If you still prefer Coloricons please use the special installation script in the 'Glowicons' drawer of the archive (untested).

To do:

- developer documentation
- backup/restore system
- version string

For further informations about AISS visit the masonicons homepage.
    

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Re: AISS Amiga Image Storage System 3 available
Posted on 12-Aug-2006 8:31:07
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It could be my eye sight, but some of the selected images don't appear to differ from the normal images.


Got me! Some of them have not a real selected state... I am working on it!


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Re: AISS Amiga Image Storage System 3 available
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Is this an OS4 thing only?


No! It should also work with AmigaOS 3.x, AROS and MorphOS.
AISS is just a simple assign architecture with some images attached.

NO ROCKET SCIENCE INCLUDED!


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No! It should also work with AmigaOS 3.x, AROS and MorphOS.


Ahhh..so what apps will use these images in OS3x?


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Re: AISS Amiga Image Storage System 3 available
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@Amigaz

That'd depend on the apps themselves. The images won't automatically be used but if you have an app that lets you customize the look, or choose gadget images (And can display PNG images for it's gadgets), there shouldn't be a reason why you couldn't configure it to use the AISS images.

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Well, I've recently converted Epistula to use datatypes for all its images and it crashes when using the AISS images.

Not that I'm blaming AISS, but Epistula works fine with all other PNG images, and to be honest I've never seen a PNG datatype which considers the alpha channel... they all show up as a black background when viewing in Multiview.


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Posted on 13-Aug-2006 18:09:23
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Well, I've recently converted Epistula to use datatypes for all its images and it crashes when using the AISS images.

Cool, but ah...

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Not that I'm blaming AISS, but Epistula works fine with all other PNG images, and to be honest I've never seen a PNG datatype which considers the alpha channel... they all show up as a black background when viewing in Multiview.

Multiview always shows PNG's with alphas as having black backgrounds. The alpha channel is drawn correctly but on a single colour background you'll not notice as much as if, say, the datatype used a multi coloured background (A checkered pattern or something).

If you copy one of the AISS images somewhere, say RAM:, & rename it with a ".info" at the end, you'll see the alpha channel correctly used (Providing you're using PowerIcons or something similar).

You could also try viewing the images in IBrowse (For this you'll have to view the contents of the directory in IBrowse then right click the filename & select to Download the image as a MIME type image/png, because there isn't a .png suffix to determine what it is). IBrowse doesn't yet display alpha channels exactly, it simply draws a transparent background from 50% transparent. But at least you'll see the alpha channel working here too though.

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Oh aye, I'm sure the AISS images do have a true alpha channel in there, I'm not disputing that. I just wondered if the PNG datatypes really did take that alpha channel into consideration, and going off what you said, they do

So, I'll go see if I can fix this problem in Epistula.


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If you copy one of the AISS images somewhere, say RAM:, & rename it with a ".info" at the end, you'll see the alpha channel correctly used (Providing you're using PowerIcons or something similar).


That's not a very good example because PowerIcons doesn't use datatypes, instead it uses it's own PNG parsing code. Alpha seems to work OK in AutodocViewer using the new AISS graphics though, as far as I can tell...

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Hi --M.M
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which available programs make use of it already?


MindSpace looks rich with it!


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Oh aye, I'm sure the AISS images do have a true alpha channel in there,
I'm not disputing that. I just wondered if the PNG datatypes really did take
that alpha channel into consideration, and going off what you said, they do


In OS4 certainly, the PNG datatype will read the Alpha channel when instructed.

However, the program (eg: multiview) might choose to ignore the extra data.

The skinable interface I'm working on makes heavy use of the alpha channel
supplied by the datatype system, and it works well with PNG images.

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That's not a very good example because PowerIcons doesn't use datatypes, instead it uses it's own PNG parsing code.

It wasn't the best was it. I was just trying to find a couple of ways to show the alpha channels at work.

Good luck with em Slash.

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if the PNG datatypes really did take that alpha channel into consideration, and going off what you said, they do

There are problems under 68k. The first problem lies with the official 68k picture datatype (to which the png datatype is a subclass). Under AmigaOS3, the picture datatype provides no way to obtain the alpha information: for some reason, the PDTM_READPIXELARRAY method does not correctly support the alpha rgb pixel format (PBPAFMT_ARGB). Alpha transparency is lost in this method call and all alpha values are zero.

The second problem lies with the 68k png datatypes: apparently some 68k implementations pass alpha through in PDTM_READPIXELARRAY (akPNG), some do not (WarpPNG).

The workaround is to use an alternative picture datatype and a png datatype with alpha pass-though.

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