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Fractional horsepower ImageMagick HTTP server?

Sunday, November 30, 2008 by Dave Winer.

A picture named imneeeerdo.gifI love ImageMagick, it's creating thumbs for me, night and day, day in and day out. The feed that's using the thumbnails is up and working.  Permalink to this paragraph

But I'm still bugged that: 1. It seems slower than it should be. 2. A window flashes every time it creates a thumbnail.  Permalink to this paragraph

People have suggested that I use PHP to interface to ImageMagick, but no slight to PHP, I already know too many languages, I'm trying to forget some! ;-> Permalink to this paragraph

Then I got a message from Phil Pearson, a guy who helped a lot in the early days of XML-RPC, and that triggered a thought -- you know what I really want -- an HTTP interface right into the ImageMagick engine. I'd accept a REST interface, but I'd be ecstatic about an XML-RPC interface. Truly. Permalink to this paragraph

Then you could put the engine where ever you wanted and call it from anywhere. If it started consuming the whole CPU, then fork off another one. I know you can probably do this with PHP, but I'm picky. I want my XML-over-HTTP. That's my comfort zone.  Permalink to this paragraph

Update: I hear that Graphicsmagick is faster than Imagemagick. Permalink to this paragraph


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