Microsoft Windows Imaging Component supports discovery of new and proprietary image formats. Any application that uses WIC can take advantage of new image formats as soon as their CODECs (encoder/decoders) are installed on the computer. WIC includes updated CODECs for JPEG, TIFF, GIF, PNG, & BMP that are more secure than previously released CODECs for these formats, and also supports a new high-performance image format called Windows Media Photo.
The primary features of WIC are:
Enables application developers to perform image processing operations on any image format through a single, consistent set of common interfaces, without requiring prior knowledge of specific image formats.
Provides an extensible "plug and play" architecture for image codecs, pixel formats, and metadata, with automatic run-time discovery of new formats.
Supports reading and writing of arbitrary metadata in image files, with the ability to preserve unrecognized metadata during editing.
Preserves high bit depth image data, up to 32 bits per channel, throughout the image processing pipeline.
Provides built-in support for most popular image formats, pixel formats.
image acquisition library