[Fluid-announce] Decapod 0.3 released!

Jess Mitchell jess at jessmitchell.com
Wed Apr 7 19:12:36 UTC 2010

Decapod 0.3 has arrived.  This is the first release of the Decapod Project.  Please read below to find out what is in this release, what you'll need to do to download and install this release, and how to setup your capture rig.

What is Decapod 0.3
Decapod is an open source project focused on building a low-cost digitization solution that will allow for rare materials, materials held in collections without large budgets, and other scholarly content to be digitized into a high-quality PDF format. This project will work to incorporate the hardware and software necessary to accomplish this goal.  0.3 is the first release of the software solution.

Main Project Site:  http://sites.google.com/site/decapodproject/
Documentation:      http://wiki.fluidproject.org/display/fluid/Decapod+0.3+User+Guide
Source Code:        http://wiki.fluidproject.org/display/fluid/Decapod+Source+Code

Highlights of the 0.3 Release
Decapod 0.3 provides the ability to:

1. Capture images from a pair of supported cameras. (See Decapod FAQ for supported cameras)
2. Do some basic remastering of the captured images
3. Export the collected images as an image-based PDF document

What's in this Release?
Decapod 0.3 is a source code-only release, meaning that you will need to download and install the 
source code manually. In the future we plan to have a simpler method of deploying Decapod. For full
installation and configuration instructions, visit the Decapod User Guide:


Decapod itself is composed of several modules:

 * Decapod Client: the user interface for Decapod, available as a rich Web application in Firefox 3.6
 * Decapod Server: executes user actions such as supporting the cameras, image manipulation, and generating PDF files
 * Decapod Scripts: Decapod-specific image processing scripts, including PDF generation, stitching, and more
 * Ocropus: provides support for PDF generation, character recognition, layout detection, and font generation

Decapod is licensed under the Apache 2 license. The full license can be found here:


Decapod also depends upon some third party open source modules, which must be installed separately.

Third Party Software Used By Decapod
Decapod is a Web application front-end for a collection image processing and capture tools, 
aggregated together using command line utilities. Third-party dependencies include:

 * libtifftools: http://www.libtiff.org (MIT License)
 * gphoto2: http://www.gphoto.org/ (GNU Public License)
 * libgphoto2: http://www.gphoto.org/ (Lesser GNU Public License)
 * OCRopus: http://code.google.com/p/ocropus/ (Apache 2 License)
 * ImageMagick: http://www.imagemagick.org (ImageMagick License)
 * CherryPy: http://www.cherrypy.org (BSD License)

Supported Platforms
Decapod 0.3 is tested and supported in the following configurations:
  * Operating System: Ubuntu 9.1
  * Web Browser: Firefox 3.6
  * Cameras: Canon G10, Nikon D50, Nikon D200
Other configurations may work, but haven't been tested. The Decapod community welcomes 
contributions, including testing various combinations of operating systems, browsers, and cameras.

Known Issues
Bugs and other known issues in Decapod 0.3 are documented in the User Guide:


Decapod is actively being developed and improved. We welcome your feedback, bug reports, and
feature requests. Decapod uses JIRA to track bugs and issues: http://issues.fluidproject.org/browse/DECA

Join our Community
We are excited for users to take a look at this release and give us feedback.  The best way to participate is to join the Decapod Mailing List:

Thank you to the Decapod team for your hard work on this release!

Jess Mitchell
Boston, MA, USA
Project Manager / Fluid Project
jess at jessmitchell.com
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