Nokia announce Nokia Imaging SDK at #Slush2013 Event

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The top start-up
conferences in the world,
Nokia announced the
latest version of its
Imaging SDK (v1.0) to give
Windows Phone
developers the tools they
need to create
sophisticated new imaging
apps for Nokia Lumia
smartphones.
“Based on the core technology that we have in
our own imaging apps, such as Nokia Camera
and Creative Studio, the Nokia Imaging SDK gives
developers access to filters, effects and on-screen
rendering options that are unlike any other library
on Windows Phone,” says Samuli Hänninen , vice
president of software program management for
Nokia’s Smart Devices business.
A boatload of new features and
functionality
The Imaging SDK is available exclusively for
Windows Phone developers. It includes more than
50 built-in filters such as Sepia, Black & White,
Mirror, Tones, and Chromakey, which enables
“green screen” magic to come to life so a
developer can provide a background to render
objects in.
Need more filters? With the new SDK release,
developers can now create their own custom
filters and add previously unseen effects to their
apps.
Other effects include arbitrary cropping regions,
free rotate, and resizing images to a desired file
size (such as for social media sharing).
The new SDK release also adds dynamic filter
properties, so you can change filter parameters on
the fly without the need to start over, enabling
even greater creativity and tempting our curiosity
to try different combinations of settings within an
app.
The SDK has some clever tricks when it comes to
large images and memory management.
Specifically, it uses Random Access JPEG
(RAJPEG) format, which enables selective
decompression and recompression of images,
thereby requiring much less CPU and memory for
large images stored on the device.
Developing for ‘Wow’ experiences
“The Nokia Lumia 1020’s ability to effortlessly
reframe and freely rotate pictures taken with the
41MP camera is magical. Now developers can
build similar ‘Wow’ experiences in their apps with
a single API call,” says Sami Niemi , Nokia’s
director of Capture & Relive software product
management.

Initially launched as a beta this past summer,
hundreds of beta participants have already
published their apps and provided feedback about
the Imaging SDK. Some of the many apps created
using this SDK include Smart Resize , Social
Scene , TapShoot , Panna Paint , OneShot, as well
as Pikura, which was the winning app in the
Nokia Create Mini Mission 1 that called for
updates to apps using the SDK.

“After a successful beta, we’re confident that this release will be well received. We’ve taken into
account a lot of the feedback and have made the
SDK even better for developers,” says Sami.
The Nokia Imaging SDK is free to download and
available now from Nokia Developer and via
NuGet .

By NokConv

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