I'm sure several of you have at some time or another become annoyed that the only decent viewing software for several image file formats is Windows-based and usually integrated into a browser. Well, fret no more, because here comes GAZE - Graphics Analyser, Zoomer and Enhancer. As its name suggests, GAZE has several functions beyond simply loading and displaying a picture. GAZE allows the user to pan and zoom the picture in a fluid manner using the mouse, where most viewers slowly zoom in steps, if at all. Moreover, GAZE has a few more tricks up its sleeve; when you stop zooming or panning, GAZE takes the opportunity to use its interpolation facilities to improve the quality of your zoomed picture. Moreover, GAZE automatically optimises the palette used in 8 bit modes after analysing the relative frequency of colours.
GAZE also supports "slide-show" viewing of pictures, with or without timed picture changes, as well as most SVGA modes and several VGA modes.
Version 1.2 should be quite stable on most popular DOS-compatible operating systems, especially DOS and Windows '95/'98.
Development on GAZE has been terminated due to decreasing interest in DOS software.
GAZE is written in DJGPP 2.0 and is therefore a 32-bit MS-DOS program, using DPMI for memory. If DPMI isn't provided otherwise, GAZE will automatically use the supplied CWSDPMI. The system requirements for GAZE are as follows:
|Processor:||486DX or better required, Pentium recommended.|
|Graphics card:||VGA required, 1 MB VESA 2 SVGA recommended.|
|Memory:||2 MB required, 16 MB recommended.|
|Free hard disk space:||Approximately 1 KB required, 30 MB recommended.|
|Other requirements:||Keyboard, mouse (with MS-DOS driver installed).|
|OS:||MS-DOS or compatible.|
|User:||Human or compatible (not tested with animals).|
GAZE uses a VESA-compatible driver, such as Scitech Display Doctor, FreeBE or your graphics card BIOS to provide SVGA features. VBE/AF, and VESA versions 1, 2 and 3 are supported and utilised. If no VESA driver is found, VGA is assumed. If you don't have VGA, you'll have major problems selecting a display mode, won't you?
Low-level graphics handling is done by the Allegro library which is (c) Shawn Hargreaves. JPEG handling is done by libjpeg by Eric Vannier, based on the The Independent JPEG Group's JPEG software (version 6a). CWSDPMI is (c) Charles W Sandmann. All other code by Jan Lönnberg.
Gaze is © Jan Lönnberg 1998-2001. For further information see the supplied GAZE.TXT file.