[osg-users] imageio problems and possible solutions on loading some PNG images.

Tatsuhiro Nishioka tat.fgmacosx at gmail.com
Thu Nov 26 05:12:48 PST 2009

Hi there,

I have two problems in drawing PNG image using imageio on Mac OS X.

One problem is that 16-bit grayscale textures (PNG images) cannot be loaded due to the following errors:

<Error>: CGBitmapContextCreate: unsupported parameter combination: 8 integer bits/component; 16 bits/pixel; 1-component colorspace; kCGImageAlphaLast; 512 bytes/row. 
<Error>: CGContextDrawImage: invalid context

The cause of this is that CGBitmapContextCreate doesn't accept the combination of 1 component colorspace and 16bps. One solution I can think of at this moment is to create a bitmap context using RGBA colorspace (as the same as the 32bit RGBA image). This works fine on FlightGear but I'm not so sure if this works on all 16bpp images.

Another problem is that imageio's libpng doesn't properly handle transparency in PNG file. The problem I have is that the transparency in PNG files are not at all handled and we see a lot of unexpected black or dark portions.  I strongly recommend the use of osgdb_png.so (or .dylib) for handling png images instead of imageio.

More detail explanation, screenshots, and an experimental patch for solving these two problems are available from:
Please try my patch and see if it also works on many OSG applications.

FYI, I'm using OSG/svn as of a few day back on Mac OS 10.5.8 / intel.



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