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XMegaWave (XMW) is a freeware graphical windows environment oriented towards image processing. The development of XMW has been based on the collaboration between researchers from the University of the Balearic Islands (Spain), the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain) and the University of Paris IX Dauphine (France). The three main features of XMW are:

  • XMW is an image processing environment with a graphical windows interface, running on Unix workstations or Linux machines. On the one hand, XMW is similar to typical drawing applications, with different options to open and save images in several formats (grey-level or color images), and draw different geometric primitives. Also, it can work well with sequences or arrays of images (called movies). On the other hand, XMW is also a PhotoShop like software, where classical procedures for image processing can be used.
  • XMW is a programming library. The user can implement his own image processing algorythm in C using the XMW library in a very easy way. On the one hand, the library includes functions to create and save images, show them on the screen, draw their hystograms, etc. On the other hand, all the filters mentioned above are accessible from code, so your algorythm can use them as a prefiltering or postfiltering phase. These own functions become a part of the XMW kernel, so the environment can grow while users develop new filters.
  • XMW is a pedagogic tool suitable for using in image processing classes. It can be explained in just one class, and the students can easily implement any kind of image filter and see results immediately. The amount of code is really small, and the time needed to debug is very short, because they do not need to be worried about showing pictures on screen, save files on disk, compute hystograms, etc. Also they do not need any knowledge about complex windows programming libraries (X11, Motif, OpenLook, etc.).

Current Version:   1.3

License Type:   Free Binaries

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Targeted Platforms:

Unix (SGI, SUN, HP), Linux. Windows NT support probably in version 2.0

Software/Hardware Requirements:

X11 and Motif libraries

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