Today, I’d like to talk about raster and vector graphics for Small Basic.
Raster graphics is about digital pictures painted with colored pixels (dots). Paint is one of most popular program to create raster graphics (or bitmap). There are a lot of formats for raster graphics – .bmp, .gif, .jpg, .png and so on. In Small Basic, these files can be loaded with following operations.
These files are binary files, not text files. So we can not create these files with Small Basic program. But a .ppm (portable pixmap) format is a text file. So we can create .ppm with Small Basic program if we write the code for it. Unfortunately, .ppm is not supported operations listed above. Gimp (the GNU Image Manipulation Program) can read/write (import/export) .ppm file format.
Image Color Changer 0.25b (SDH367-5) is a sample program which reads a bitmap file.
Vector graphics is about digital pictures drawn with lines and shapes. Adobe Illustrator is one of most popular program to create vector graphics. Following formats can represent vector graphics – .ps (PostScript), .wmf (Windows Metafile), .svg (Scalable Vector Graphics) and so on. These file formats are not supported in Small Basic with image operations listed above. But a .svg is a text file. So we can read/write this format if we write code for it.