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A program to display images saved as GIF files on IBM PC display devices using
the BGI (Borland) driver interface.
The program operates as follows:
Reads the GIF file header and determines the image size.
Dynamically allocates enough memory to hold all the image internally.
One byte per pixel is always allocated, so a little bit more than
width*height (of screen, not image) bytes are required.
Reads all the image in. Interlaced images are read in correctly, although
they are displayed sequentially.
Display first image using the defaults as set by the command line option.
Goes to interactive mode. For a full description of the interactive mode
gif2bgi [-q] [-d BGI dir] [-u driver] [-z zoom] [-b] [-h] gif-file
If no GIF is given, gif2bgi will try to read a GIF file from stdin.
- Quiet mode. Default off on MSDOS, on under UNIX. Controls printout
of running scan lines. Use -q- to invert.
- [-d BGI Directory]
- Where we should look for default drivers (as supplied by Borland).
For example '-d c:/tc/bgi'.
- [-u driver]
- Specifies a user-defined BGI driver. If for example
you have a BGI driver for your special vga called MYVGA.BGI and you want
to run it in mode 2, then type '-u c:/tc/bgi/myvga.2'. Note the absolute
path to the driver must be specified. Also note that we use '/' and not
'\' so they won't be treated as options.
- [-z zoom]
- Sets zoom factor of the view. Zoom factor should be
power of 2 up to 256. Default is 1 (no zoom).
- Print one line of command-line help, similar to Usage above.
Once the image is displayed, the gif2bgi program goes into interactive mode
which recognizes the following commands:
- C - get Color and position
- In this submenu, a cursor appears and the location and color of the
pixel underneath it are printed. The 4 arrows may be used (shifted for
faster movement) to move the cursor. Any other key will abort this submode.
- D - zoom Down
- Zoom down by factor of 2 unless current zoom factor is 1.
- R - Redraw
- Redraw the image.
- S - print Status
- Print status of image and program.
- U - zoom Up
- Zoom up by factor of 2 unless current zoom factor is 256.
- arrow keys
- The 4 arrow keys can be used to pan in the desired direction, if the image
overflows in that direction. If the image fits into the screen, arrow
keys are ignored. The panning steps are 1/2 screen if not on image end.
- SPC - abort
- Space bar may be used to abort current image drawing.
- ESC - abort
- Escape may be used to abort current image drawing.
This program is useless in a Unix environment and is not normally
No color quantization is used in this program; thus, if a GIF image has more
colors than the BGI driver support, this program will abort.
This driver is optimized for drivers with one byte per pixel (256 colors)
and will run MUCH faster on such drivers.
For some reason I could not figure out, on my ATI wonder card, int 10h call
10h (AH = AL = 10h) to set the color registers sometimes result with wrong
colors. Direct access of the card registers gives correct results.
Eric S. Raymond <firstname.lastname@example.org>