[ANN] standalone PSD -> Gimp XCF converter

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Wed, 22 December 2010 23:02 Go to next message
toby (Photoshop expert)
Hi,

I'd like to announce a command-line tool which converts PSD or PSB
files to layered XCF (v1), in RLE or uncompressed formats. I am aware
that Gimp imports PSD, but I've seen it reported that some files do
not import in layers, while this utility always produces a layered
XCF. Also, there may be situations where this conversion is required
but neither Photoshop nor Gimp is available.

* supports 8-bit RGB, Grey Scale and Indexed modes
* portable (tested on OS X, Linux, Windows)
* open source (GPL)
* very fast
* may help to recover damaged PSDs - based on the robust psdparse
code

Limitations:
* currently converts image layers only
* does not yet convert image masks

Binaries (OS X Intel/PPC, Win32) and source code available via:
http://telegraphics.com.au/sw/#psd2xcf

--Toby
Thu, 23 December 2010 01:17 Go to previous messageGo to next message
ldo (Photoshop begginer)
In message
<82818b27-1b6a-4e50-97fe-fa58a5c45ec0@i18g2000yqn.googlegroups.com>, toby
wrote:

> I'd like to announce a command-line tool which converts PSD or PSB
> files to layered XCF (v1), in RLE or uncompressed formats. I am aware
> that Gimp imports PSD, but I've seen it reported that some files do
> not import in layers, while this utility always produces a layered
> XCF.

Why not just roll your code into improving the Gimp importer?

> Also, there may be situations where this conversion is required
> but neither Photoshop nor Gimp is available.

Where can there be a situation where your app is downloadable but Gimp is
not?
Wed, 19 January 2011 15:17 Go to previous messageGo to next message
toby (Photoshop expert)
On Dec 23 2010, 3:17 am, Lawrence D'Oliveiro <l...@geek-
central.gen.new_zealand> wrote:
> In message
> <82818b27-1b6a-4e50-97fe-fa58a5c45...@i18g2000yqn.googlegroups.com>, toby
> wrote:
>
> > I'd like to announce a command-line tool which converts PSD or PSB
> > files to layered XCF (v1), in RLE or uncompressed formats. I am aware
> > that Gimp imports PSD, but I've seen it reported that some files do
> > not import in layers, while this utility always produces a layered
> > XCF.
>
> Why not just roll your code into improving the Gimp importer?
>

For one reason: it would have been at least 20x the effort, all things
considered, including learning the Gimp codebase. I don't have the
time budget for that. This converter was only about 3 or 4 evenings'
work. If somebody wanted to sponsor improvements to Gimp I'm all ears.
(Gimp devs have always been free to draw upon psdparse's underlying
code.)

> > Also, there may be situations where this conversion is required
> > but neither Photoshop nor Gimp is available.
>
> Where can there be a situation where your app is downloadable but Gimp is
> not?

It may not be an issue of 'downloadable'. The runtime/resources
requirements are completely different. My utility is perfectly suited
to non-interactive, server based or on-the-fly conversion, and is fast
and inexpensive.

--Toby

PS. Good to speak to you again. We met in person a very long time ago,
not sure if you remember :)
Thu, 20 January 2011 15:03 Go to previous messageGo to next message
John Stafford (Photoshop expert)
In article
<d3a77ac0-9e5c-42fe-b9c8-32fcac19eae7@m13g2000yqb.googlegroups.com>,
toby <toby@telegraphics.com.au> wrote:


> It may not be an issue of 'downloadable'. The runtime/resources
> requirements are completely different. My utility is perfectly suited
> to non-interactive, server based or on-the-fly conversion, and is fast
> and inexpensive.

Did you use ImageMagick?
Fri, 21 January 2011 16:12 Go to previous message
toby (Photoshop expert)
On Jan 20, 5:03 pm, John Stafford <n...@droffats.net> wrote:
> In article
> <d3a77ac0-9e5c-42fe-b9c8-32fcac19e...@m13g2000yqb.googlegroups.com>,
>
>  toby <t...@telegraphics.com.au> wrote:
> > It may not be an issue of 'downloadable'. The runtime/resources
> > requirements are completely different. My utility is perfectly suited
> > to non-interactive, server based or on-the-fly conversion, and is fast
> > and inexpensive.
>
> Did you use ImageMagick?

No, it's all my code.
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