New Configuration Management Tool For Game Design And Entertainment Developers Made Freely Available

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Free Download Image Comparison Tool Detects Even Small Changes In Art Assets

As games have become more and more sophisticated over the years the demand for better software tools to assist game and entertainment developers has kept pace. One of the issues that has plagued game design and development teams involved in the creation of graphics-rich games for Sony PlayStation 2, Nintendo DS, mobile devices and other video game consoles, is keeping track of subtle image changes throughout the development cycle. Until recently tracking these changes has been a time consuming procedure.

Now a freely available stand-alone image comparison tool from ionForge, a leading provider of next-generation source control and configuration management tools, is set to change that. imageDiff, a visual comparison image software tool previously only available as part of ionForge’s Evolution, is now available to designers and artists as a free download for a limited time.

“Visual image comparison is going to dramatically improve the development cycle of game design and entertainment projects,” noted Lucas Heneks, Lead Developer of Entertainment and Game Tools for ionForge. “With imageDiff you can compare two images side by side, and see a difference mask that shows you the exact pixels that changed. We see this as a major advancement in source control and configuration management.”

“imageDiff is a wonderful tool for teams that work on large projects where more than one person is working on the same image,” said Linda Langenbacher, president of Artistic Solutions and Productions (ASaP) a creative production company focused on product development. Artists in the ASaP creative team have been responsible for high profile projects inside Disney, Warner Brothers, Mattel and DreamWorks.

“It can be very difficult to track changes in an image throughout the life of a project and see how it started out. imageDiff will facilitate this process,” said Langenbacher

imageDiff gives users the ability to identify subtle changes and compare images of different formats with each other, including JPG, GIF, BMP, TIF, PNG and track changes across different file formats. By making this possible it will help ensure that gaming and entertainment projects are completed accurately, as well as on time and on budget.

While ionForge has made the download freely available to game design teams, artists and developers at this time, they are requesting that anyone who downloads the software make a donation to the Jamaican Cancer Society (JCS) to honor one of the original members of the ionForge development team, Francis Salmon. Salmon and his father both passed away within the last year from pancreatic cancer. Throughout the later stages of their illness, and afterwards, the Jamaican Cancer Society was very helpful and comforting to the Salmon family, as they are for many families every year.

“We are hoping that by making imageDiff freely available it will not only help entertainment and game design artists and developers with configuration management issues, but also assist the JCS reach out to even more families,” said Nick Ni, founder of ionForge.

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