Only writing is an issue. PHP 4.3's bundled GD2 library supports gif-reads. And the patent actually expires in 2003 so we'll be able to roll in gif-writes next year.
-Rasmus On Sat, 16 Nov 2002, Danny Shepherd wrote: > Actually, GD2 can be compiled (after a patch) to read/write GIFs with LZW > compression (the LZW algorithm is the root of the legal iffyness), but > (AFAIK) you're only legally allowed to enable it if you live outside the US > & Canada. AFAIK only FreeBSD's ports system does this atm. > > > ----- Original Message ----- > From: "Mako Shark" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> > To: <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> > Sent: Friday, November 15, 2002 7:18 PM > Subject: [PHP] Re: GD 1.5 > > > > <<If the OP was concerned about such issues then > > he/she should not be using GIF at all!>> > > > > This is leading me to believe that I can't use GIFs > > because of these issues. Is this true? I know now that > > Unisys (Unisys?) made a fuss about some compression or > > whatever, but someone told me it was still okay to use > > old GDs (am I naive? maybe). Is it now considered > > piracy to use GIFs at all? Does this mean I have to > > switch over to JPGs, even those images that compress > > better with GIFs? I just assumed we were still > > permitted, what with Jasc and everybody still allowing > > it in their products. Is JPEG (or PNG) the way to go? > > I hesitate using PNGs since they seem to be the > > least-supported out of the 'big three'. > > > -- > PHP General Mailing List (http://www.php.net/) > To unsubscribe, visit: http://www.php.net/unsub.php > -- PHP General Mailing List (http://www.php.net/) To unsubscribe, visit: http://www.php.net/unsub.php