[SciPy-User] Scipy stack: standard packages (poll)

Christoph Gohlke cgohlke@uci....
Wed Oct 3 18:11:50 CDT 2012


On 10/3/2012 3:34 PM, Robert Kern wrote:
> On Wed, Oct 3, 2012 at 11:27 PM, Christoph Gohlke <cgohlke@uci.edu> wrote:
>> On 10/3/2012 3:09 PM, Thomas Kluyver wrote:
>>> On 3 October 2012 22:06, Christoph Gohlke <cgohlke@uci.edu> wrote:
>>>> it was mentioned before: none of the suggested packages can read or
>>>> write image files on their own, except for matplotlib's built-in PNG
>>>> support. Matplotlib, Scipy and skimage depend on other, optional
>>>> packages or binaries for image I/O: PIL, FreeImage, GDAL, PyQt.
>>>
>>> If we include scikits-image (which looks unlikely based on the current
>>> poll results), we had agreed to specify FreeImage, or possibly one of
>>> FreeImage and PIL.
>>>
>>> Matplotlib will need at least one backend installed, and the
>>> documentation says "Most backends support png, pdf, ps, eps and svg."
>>> That seems adequate. For saving images, there's less need to require a
>>> range of formats than if loading them is a key feature.
>>>
>>> Thomas
>>
>> I thought PIL was out of question because it's abandonware.
>
> Pillow is a maintained, drop-in fork:
>
> http://pypi.python.org/pypi/Pillow/
>

Seriously, only few of PIL's bugs have been fixed in Pillow (it's a fork 
to "foster packaging improvements"), there's no support for Python 3, no 
new features are planned, and the test suite was removed.

Christoph


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