Pegasus demonstrates PICTools capabilities
Digital image compression software developer Pegasus Imaging of Tampa, Fla., showcased its updated PICTools software development kit (SDK) at the 93rd scientific assembly and annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in Chicago last month.

The latest iteration of the SDK contains support for multithreading JPEG 2000 compression and decompression operations. PICTools JPEG 2000 technology features a user-configurable number of threads per operation for optimal throughput on multicore CPUs, according to the company.

The newest PICTools release adds speed enhancements to the JPEG 2000 compressor and decompressor by adding support for multiple concurrent processes at the opcode level. This feature offers software engineers the capability to programmatically control how a software application deals with large images and the number of processes it uses to perform CPU-intensive functions.

Pegasus Imaging said it supports standards-based compression formats, and optimizes the underlying code for faster speed and higher compression ratios. The company cited that the benefits of using its compression technologies over freely available technologies include indemnification from potential license infringements, access to responsive technical experts, support for multiple operating systems, and periodic improvements to speed and compression ratios.

PICTools technologies are supported across multiple environments, including 32-bit and 64-bit Microsoft Windows, 32-bit and 64-bit Linux, 32-bit Sun Solaris, IBM AIX, and Mac OS X.