[fpc-pascal]GIF 87a/89a

James Mills prologic at comcen.com.au
Tue Nov 19 13:54:52 CET 2002

On Tue, Nov 19, 2002 at 10:30:33AM +0000, memsom at interalpha.co.uk wrote:
> > > Does anyone have a working program that'll display a gif image in linux
> > > please ?
> > 
> > I have written borland pascal source to display a 256 color BMP image
> > and usually run a batch conversion of the required images to BMP format.
> > GIF contains compression and is thus more complex than BMP.
> > My source should compile on Free Pascal. But if you find source
> > for reading GIF files I would like to get a copy as well.
> You also have the added problem that the algorythm used by GIF is something 
> like LHZ which is patented and that the GIF format is also on dubious legal 
> ground. You may find that a lot of open source projects will ignore the GIF 
> format, and getting info on the format may be tricky. I know people like Eric 
> Raymond support the 'Burn all gifs' campaign.
> Matt

Well, someone please tell me then. I haven't developed games much in
linux, let alone pascal. What's the best way to do graphics (sprites)
for game development? I'm starting small, space invaders clone. But I
need some help/ideas of what people generally do.


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