Many in the KDE community are aware of some rocky history between
KDE hacker Mosfet and other KDE developers.
Fortunately, it looks like things have taken a great turn for the better:
Mosfet wrote in to tell us that "I've decided to donate 20 effects I ported to KDE/Qt
for PixiePlus to KDE3".
Waldo Bastian promptly
added them to CVS.
The new effects include normalize, equalize, solarize,
threshold, emboss, despeckle, charcoal, rotate, sample, addNoise, blur,
edge, implode, oil paint, sharpen, spread, shade, swirl, wave, and
contrastHSV. All will be available under a
BSD-type license in the
According to Mosfet, these effects will be useful not only for image viewers
and editors, but also for things like style engines.
Except for the simple rotate, Mosfet ported the effects from
ImageMagick to work directly on
Qt scanlines. Nice job, Mosfet!
(For those who have not yet heard the news, PixiePlus is the successor
to Pixie; more information is available