Monthly Archives: August 2008

bzr-xmloutput install problems

I needed a newer version of the xmloutput plugin for the Eclipse Bazaar plugin. I installed Bazaar 1.6 with the standalone installer, which has a bug and the bzr.exe in it doesn’t include some required files. There are two workarounds.

1. Re-install Bazaar with the python installer, that is, download the source, untar, and python install

2. Copy [python]/lib/ to the xmloutput plugin’s directory

How to make banner images narrower or wider with ImageMagick

Recently I started playing around with WordPress. There are meny free themes that are absolutely cool. But don’t you hate it when the included banner image is too wide or too narrow and it fixes your content to a specific size and you want to change it? Well I do. Luckily ImageMagick makes this easy, and that without firing up Gimp. You can make an image narrower by cutting out a slice. You can make it wider by duplicating a slice, that is, cut the image into 3 slices, left + middle + right, and paste it back together but with the middle slice multiplied.

An example:

1. Backup original images

cd wp-content/themes/modmat-j1/images; mkdir bak; cp *.gif bak

2. Find out the precise image size

identify bak/wrapperbg775.gif

This image is 775 pixels wide, hence the name. It’s still good to check. The middle part is too wide for me, so I want to cut it out. I can do that by creating a left slice and a right slice and then paste it together.

3. Create the left slice, 200 pixels wide

convert -crop 200x+0+0 bak/wrapperbg775.gif slice-left.gif

Notice here that you don’t need to specify the vertical dimension. ImageMagick will figure out you want to keep the original.

4. Create the right slice by cutting off 300 pixels from the left

convert -crop +300+0 bak/wrapperbg775.gif slice-right.gif

Again, notice here that we don’t specify image dimensions, only the horizontal offset.

5. Paste together right and left horizontally

convert +append slice-left.gif slice-right.gif wrapperbg675.gif

Now if instead of making the image narrow you wanted to make it wider, you could do that by making one more slice with the middle part, and paste it together like:

convert +append slice-left.gif slice-middle.gif slice-middle.gif slice-right.gif wrapperbg675.gif

And, if you wanted to do the same thing vertically, follow the same logic with image dimensions and offset parameters, and use -append instead of +append, for example:

convert -append slice-top.gif slice-bottom.gif target.gif