ImageMagick is an open source and acclaimed software project comprised of numerous command-line utilities for manipulating image files. It is available in almost all Linux distributions. The application supports over 200 image file formats, including, but not limited to, JPG, PNG, SVG, PhotoCD, DPX, GIF, EXR, PDF, JPEG-2000, PhotoCD, Postscript, and TIFF.
Features at a glance
With ImageMagick, users will be able to convert images from one format to another, resize, rotate, trim, flip or crop images, create transparent images, add text or shapes to an image, add special effects like sharpen, blur, threshold or tint, create GIF animations, as well as to add frames or borders. Additionally, users will be able to insert artistic or descriptive text in images, reduce the number of colors in an image, define attributes and format of an image, overlap two or multiple images, create montages, correct image distortions, and describe shapes.
You can also apply mathematical expressions to images, implement DFT (Discrete Fourier Transform), recognize patterns, manage colors, create HDR (High Dynamic Range) images, The program includes support for virtual pixels, threads of execution, very large images, distributed pixel cache, composite distributed processing. In addition, it allows users to create charcoal sketch transform and posterization effects.
Under the hood and supported OSes
Under the hood, the application comes with an integrated Perl API called PerlMagick, as well as support for various programming languages, including C, C++, .NET, PHP, Tcl/Tk, Ada, Ch, COM+, Java, Lisp, Neko/Haxe, Pascal, Perl, Python, and Ruby. The application supports the Linux, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X and iOS operating systems. Both binary and source archives are available for download, and runs on either 64-bit or 32-bit instruction set architectures.
Overall, ImageMagick is the best image manipulation software that was invented for the Linux operating system. Numerous graphical application rely solely on the main functions of this program.