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Geared toward Perl users and webmasters, "Perl Graphics Programming" focuses on open-source scripting programs that manipulate graphics files for use on the Web. The book demystifies the manipulation of graphics formats for newcomers to the Web with a practical, resource-like approach. With this book you'll learn to:
Generate dynamic web graphics with charts, tables, and buttons
Automate graphics tasks (thumbnails and borders)
Create dynamics web documents (PDF, Postscript)
Produce rich Internet experiences with Flash and SVG
You'll begin with a tour of the most common web graphic file formats--PNG, JPEG, GIF, SWF, SVG, Postscript and PDF--then you'll explore the most powerful tools and Perl modules available for manipulating these graphics, such as GD, PerlMagick, and GIMP. Included in this part of the book is a thorough description of the Ming module for creating on-the-fly Flash files. Next, a "cookbook" section includes practical, all purpose recipes: GIFanimation, generating images within a dynamic application, communicating between SWF front-end and Perl back-end, XSLT transformations, compression, and much more.
Perl programmers naturally turn to Perl to tackle whatever challenge they have at hand, and graphics programming is no exception. "Perl Graphics Programming" provides all the tools you need to begin programming and designing graphics for the Web immediately. This book will change how you think about generating and manipulating graphics for the Web.