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 Summary of important user-visible changes for image 2.8.0 (yyyy/mm/dd):
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 ** imcrop will now adjust the region to crop to the image boundaries
    when the region to crop goes beyond the image boundaries.


 Summary of important user-visible changes for image 2.6.1 (2016/10/21):
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 ** image 2.6.1 is a patch release.

 ** Fix imtranslate regression when used with the "crop" option.

 ** Fix compilation issues for clang++ users on Mac OSX.


 Summary of important user-visible changes for image 2.6.0 (2016/10/05):
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 ** The following functions are new:

      imfill                lab2rgb               rgb2lab
      imgetfile             lab2single            rgb2xyz
      impyramid             lab2uint16            watershed
      imquantize            lab2uint8             xyz2lab
      lab2double            lab2xyz               xyz2rgb

 ** For better compatibility with Matlab, the imtransform function now
    uses 0 instead of NA for the default extrapolation value.

 ** The regionprops function has been rewritten and should perform several
    orders of magnitude faster dependending on the number of properties
    being measured and the number of objects; the new implementation will
    be specially faster for a large number of objects and multiple properties.
    In addition to the increased performance, regions can be defined with
    a bwconncomp structure.  The following properties have changed:

      * FilledArea - new support for ND images
      * FilledImage - new support for ND images
      * SubarrayIdx - new property implemented

 ** stretchlim() now properly supports integer input and will return
    values in the [0 1] range.  It also no longer performs rounding
    of the saturated fraction, so that TOL is now the saturation limit
    (rather than a saturation that it tries to approximate).  Support
    for N dimensional images has been added.

 ** imadjust() now supports images of integer class without requiring
    an intermediary conversion to a floating point class.  Support for
    N dimensional images has also been added.  It now requires that
    input and output limits be always specified in a [0 1] range, even
    if the image of a floating point class.

 ** The function is isgray(), isind(), and isrgb() will return true for images
    of class single in addition to double.

 ** im2bw() now accepts a string specifying a graythresh() algorithm
    as an alternative to a threshold value.  This simplifies the very
    common usage of `im2bw (im, graythresh (im, method))`.

 ** Fix imcrop() usage when defaulting to current figure and allow the
    bounding box to be selected by clicking on any two opposite corners
    of the image.

 ** fspecial() is now capable to create N dimensional gaussian filters.

 ** checkerboard() is now capable to create N dimensional checkerboards.

 ** Other functions that have been changed for smaller bugfixes, increased
    Matlab compatibility, or performance:

      edge                  imdilate              imremap
      grayslice             imerode               mat2gray
      im2bw                 imfilter              montage
      im2col                imresize              normxcorr2


 Summary of important user-visible changes for image 2.4.1 (2015/08/07):
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 ** Image 2.4.1 is a bug fixing release.

 ** Fixed regression on bwhitmiss which was completely broken since
    version 2.2.0.

 ** Fixed regressions on rangefilt and stdfilt which made them always
    throw an error.

 ** Removed broken support for signed integers to entropyfilt().  Not
    only it was returning incorrect values and ocasional endless loops,
    it failed to build in some architectures.


 Summary of important user-visible changes for image 2.4.0 (2015/04/06):
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 ** The following functions are new:

      bwareafilt            imcast                imregionalmin
      bwpropfilt            imclearborder         otf2psf
      edgetaper             immse                 psf2otf
      fftconvn              imreconstruct         psnr
      imattributes          imregionalmax         subimage

 ** The implementation of normxcorr2 has been changed. The new method is
    Matlab compatible and will return values in the range [-1 1].

 ** The image package is no longer dependent on the signal package.

 ** The disk shaped filter of fspecial has been changed for Matlab
    compatibility. The elements on the border of the disk are now
    weighted by how much of them is covered by the disk. Note that
    this change is backwards incompatible.

 ** The following functions will display the output image as a figure
    instead of printing to the command line, when there are no output
    arguments:

      grayslice             im2bw

 ** For better compatibility with Matlab, the imrotate, imremap, and
    imperspectivewarp functions now use 0 instead of NA for the default
    extrapolation value.

 ** The regionprops function now supports the "Eccentricity",
    "MajorAxisLength", "MinorAxisLength", "EquivDiameter" and "Extrema"
    properties.  The "Orientation" property has also been rewritten for
    Matlab compatibility and may yield different results than previous
    versions.

 ** The conndef function has new function signatures so that it covers all
    common ways of defining an connectivity array.  The following will
    return the same matrix:

        mask = conndef (2, "minimal")
        mask = conndef (4)
        mask = conndef ([0 1 0; 1 1 1; 0 1 0])

    and would throw a detailed error in case of an incorrect connectivity.

 ** Creating disk shaped strel objects must now specify the N argument for
    number of periodic lines used to approximate a disk.  The value used
    must be zero to obtain the same results as previous releases of the
    image package.  No other value is at the moment valid, and this is to
    prevent future backwards incompatibility since Matlab default is 4.
    Replace any `strel ("disk", radius)' with `strel ("disk", radius, 0)'

 ** The following functions have been completely rewritten and will perform
    a lot of faster.

      bwconncomp            bwlabeln

   Which indirectly will also cause the following to perform faster:

     bwareaopen             bwpropfilt            regionprops

 ** Deprecated functions.

    The following functions were deprecated in image 2.2.0 and have been
    removed from image 2.4.0.

      bwborder              iptchecknargin        readexif
      impad                 iptcheckstrs
      imrotate_Fourier      uintlut

 ** Other functions that have been changed for smaller bugfixes, increased
    Matlab compatibility, or performance:

      grayslice             im2single             imsmooth
      im2double             im2uint8              label2rgb
      im2int16              im2uint16


 Summary of important user-visible changes for image 2.2.2 (2014/10/06):
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 ** Multiple documentation fixes for compatibility with new versions of
    Texinfo.

 ** Fix error with imcrop when image was all zeros.

 ** Fix endless loop in bwdist when using the quasi-euclidean method in
    x86 systems.


 Summary of important user-visible changes for image 2.2.1 (2014/03/08):
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 ** imcrop had many alternative interfaces added for more flexibility.
    Added support in the input for indexed images, figures handles,
    N-dimensional images, and specific bounding box vector for a
    non-interactive usage.  Output can now also return the bounding box used
    for the cropping in addition to the cropped image.  It will no longer
    loop forever until it gets two valid coordinates for the bounding box.

 ** Fixed bug in imcomplement to compute the complement of signed integers
    correctly.

 ** Fix imrotate to handle RGB images.

 ** Fix regression in bwdist when calculating the closest pixel map.


 Summary of important user-visible changes for image 2.2.0 (2014/01/08):
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 ** The imerode and imdilate have been completely rewritten for increased
    performance and many Matlab compatibility fixes. Performance gains between
    1.5-30X have been demonstrated. Main compatibility changes include the
    addition of the shape option, support for the strel class, and allowing
    structuring elements and images of different classes. Non-flat grayscale
    erosion and dilation has also been implemented by making use of the new
    strel class.

 ** With the increased performance in imerode and imdilate, all other
    functions that use them, such imopen and imclose, get an equivalent
    performance boost.

 ** Most of bwmorph operations now support N dimensional images and have
    increased performance.  Other Matlab compatibility fixes have been
    made such as displaying image when there's no output variable.

 ** The __spatial_filtering__ function has been mostly rewritten and
    performs in approximattely 1/5 to 2/5 of the previous time, depending
    on the filter.  With this change, all functions dependent on it,
    rangefilt, entropyfilt, ordfilt2/n, medfilt2/n, and stdfilt, will also
    perform faster.

 ** The following functions are new:

      bwareaopen            impixel               strel
      checkerboard          imtransform           tformfwd
      cp2tform              intlut                tforminv
      findbounds            labelmatrix           ycbcr2rgb
      imgradient            maketform
      imgradientxy          montage

 ** The following functions have been moved from the Octave Forge Image package
    to GNU Octave core:

      cmpermute       cmunique        iscolormap      rgbplot

 ** The following functions have been deprecated in the previous release
    of the Image package and have now been removed:

      blkproc         bmpwrite        dilate          erode

 ** The following functions have been deprecated (see their help text
    for the recommended alternatives):

      bwborder              imrotate_Fourier      iptcheckstrs
      impad                 iptchecknargin        uintlut

 ** The functions im2col and col2im has been completely rewritten for massive
    performace increase (increases greater than 500X have been observed, with
    biggest differences for smaller blocks and sliding option), and support of
    N-dimensional blocks and images.

 ** rgb2ycbcr was completely rewritten to accept images of other classes, and
    colormaps.  A new argument was implemented to convert the RGB values
    according to different standards.

 ** The use of non logical matrices to specify the neighborhood for the medfilt2
    function has been deprecated.  Also, when using a vector to specify the size
    of the neighborhood, the elements were swapped (first element is now the
    number of rows and the second the number of columns).

 ** For consistency with other functions that allow specification of padding
    values, the function padarray now accepts the string "zeros" as a valid
    option.

 ** The plot produced by imhist is correctly scaled on the X axis so that the
    colorbar corresponds to the actual intensity of the stems; the given
    colormarp is used on the colorbar for indexed images; and the stems no
    longer display the markers at their top. The Y axis is also adjusted in case
    of peaks with high values that prevent a good overview of the histogram.

 ** The option to create poisson noise to an image has been added to imnoise.

 ** With the addition of the strel class, imdilate and imerode are able
    to handle strel objects.

 ** The performance of imresize has been greatly improved when using the
    nearest neighbor method for N or 1/N scale factors (e.g.: 2, 50, 1/4, 1/7).

 ** The imperspectivewarp, imremap, imresize, and imrotate functions will now
    accept any interpolation method from the interp2 function thus extending
    the available methods to "spline" and "pchip".  This in addition to the
    "bilinear" and "bicubic" methods (same as "linear" and "cubic" respectively)
    which are kept for matlab compatibility.  For the same reason, the
    "triangle" method (interpolation kernel) has also been added (which is the
    same as "linear" method).

 ** Bug fixes on the concavity, intermodes, maxlikelihood, and minimum methods
    of graythresh.

 ** The bwdist function will now consider any non zero value as object pixels,
    the class of the distance matrix has changed to single, and indexes an
    uint dependent on the matrix size.

 ** The transform option of imtophat has been removed (it was deprecated
    in version 2.0.0) in favour of using imbothat.

 ** The function bwconncomp now returns the indices for each element in each
    object, no longer the indices for the elements in the object boundaries
    only. The connectivity default was changed to 8.

 ** The original Shepp-Logan model in the function phantom as been changed to
    return all values in the range [0 1] rather than [0 2] by changing the
    intensity of the first ellipse from 2 to 1.

 ** Other functions that have been changed for smaller bugfixes, increased
    Matlab compatibility, or performance:

      bwlabel               bwperim               padarray

 ** The following functions now fully support matrices with an arbitrary
    number of dimensions:

      bestblk               col2im                im2col
      bwconncomp            colfilt               nlfilter


 Summary of important user-visible changes for image 2.0.0 (2012/11/08):
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 ** The following functions are new:

      analyze75info         imabsdiff         iptcheckconn
      analyze75read         imadd             iptcheckmap
      analyze75write        imbothat          iptchecknargin
      blockproc             imcrop            iptcheckstrs
      bwlabeln              imdivide          iptnum2ordinal
      getrangefromclass     imlincomb         iscolormap
      im2int16              immultiply        normxcorr2
      im2single             imsubtract        wavelength2rgb

 ** The following functions have been deprecated in previous releases
    of the image package and have now been removed:

      imginfo

 ** The function `deriche' has been removed.

 ** The complete set of functions to work with Analyze 7.5 files has been
    implemented. See `analyze75info', `analyze75read' and `analyze75write'.

 ** `graythresh' can optionally accept an histogram rather than an image.  This
    allows for preprocessing of the histogram previous to an automatic threshold
    selection.

 ** Otsu's method for automatic threshold selection (default for `graythresh')
    has been completely rewritten and should perform faster. Now, it can also
    return a second value representing the ``goodness'' of the computed
    threshold value (within class variance).

 ** Alternative algorithms for automatic threshold have been implemented in
    `graythresh' (thanks to Antti Niemistö for releasing HistThresh toolbox 
    http://www.cs.tut.fi/~ant/histthresh/ from where many were ported, under a
    GPL license). Currently, the following algorithms have been implemented
    (see graythresh for notes and references):

      concavity       MaxEntropy        minimum       Otsu
      intermeans      MaxLikelihood     MinError      percentile
      intermodes      mean              moments

 ** The following functions have been deprecated (see their help text
    for the recommended alternatives):

      blkproc         bmpwrite          dilate        erode

 ** With the new function `imbothat' the transform option of
    `imtophat' has been deprecated.

 ** The following functions have had been changed for bug fixes and/or
    improved matlab compatibility

      bwarea          imhist            im2uint8      isind
      bweuler         imnoise           im2uint16     mat2gray
      bwfill          conndef           isbw          rgb2gray
      cmpermute       im2bw             isgray
      cmunique        im2double         isrgb

 ** `bwarea' now supports all image classes and considers objects all non
    zero pixels (not all pixels higher than zero).

 ** `rgb2gray' now also supports images of the class single and performs a
    weighted conversion to keep the image luminance instead of a the mean
    through each color.

 ** `im2bw' now supports input images of the int16 class and deals better with
    RGB images since it uses `rgb2gray' internally (see changes to rgb2gray).
    Threshold is performed on all values greater than value instead of greater
    than or equal.

 ** `imhist' is much more compatible with matlab and among other changes,
    it now uses the whole range of the class for the histogram rather than
    the minimum and maximum of the input image and displays a colorbar under
    the histogram.

 ** `isbw' now defines a black-and-white image as a binary non-sparse
    matrix. This is compatible with matlab. To use the old behaviour,
    use the new option for the call "isbw (img, "non-logical").
    For backwards compatibility, if a non-logical matrix of 0 and 1 is
    used as input, `isbw' will still return true but a warning will be
    issued since this will deprecated later.

 ** `isgray' now also returns true for matrices of the int16 class.

 ** `isrgb' now returns false for logical matrix.

 ** `tiff_tag_read' had several bug fixes and can now check IFDs beyond
    the first. It can also accept mutiple tag values and IFDs simultaneously
    and return a matrix of the values found. Its documentation has been
    expanded (as well as an explanation of TIFF structure on the source)

 ** For sake of matlab compatibility, the behaviour of `mat2gray' has been
    greatly changed. Among the changes, it will no longer swap the minimum and
    maximum options if the first is larger than the later. Instead, will return
    the image complement after truncation. Also, when the maximum and minimum
    values are equal, `mat2gray' will truncate all values between 0 and 1. See
    the help text (or source) for a detailed description of cautions.

 ** `bwfill' was fixed to always returns a logical matrix.

 ** `imnoise' has been expanded to accept images of differente classes instead
    of only double and single.

 ** The private function `__bwdist` has been renamed `__bwdist__`

 ** Package is now dependent on GNU Octave version 3.6.0 or later.

 ** Package is now dependent on the signal package version 1.2.0 or later.

 ** Package is no longer automatically loaded.


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**  NEWS below this point were written after their releases for history       **
**  purposes and extracted from the Octave Forge general NEWS.  Previous to   **
**  the image package version 1.0.11, all Octave Forge packages would be      **
**  released at the same time.  Previous to the package version 1.0.0 there   **
**  were monolithic releases with no actual packages.  This means that some   **
**  releases actually had no changes in the image package itself or changes   **
**  were small compared to the whole Octave Forge project and so, not         **
**  mentioned on the NEWS file.  Inspection of the actual log in the          **
**  repository should be used if exact details are required.                  **
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 Summary of important user-visible changes for image 1.0.15 (2011/09/21):
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 Summary of important user-visible changes for image 1.0.14 (2011/04/12):
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 Summary of important user-visible changes for image 1.0.13 (2010/05/22):
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 Summary of important user-visible changes for image 1.0.12 (2010/03/22):
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 Summary of important user-visible changes for image 1.0.11 (2010/03/05):
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 Summary of important user-visible changes for image 1.0.10 (2009/06/07):
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 Summary of important user-visible changes for image 1.0.9 (2009/05/08):
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 ** The following functions are new:

      entropyfilt  ordfiltn     rangefilt    stdfilt

 ** The following functions have been removed as they are now part of
    Octave core:

      imread   imwrite

 Summary of important user-visible changes for image 1.0.8 (2008/08/31):
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 ** Fix build issues with the last release.

 Summary of important user-visible changes for image 1.0.7 (2008/08/24):
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 Summary of important user-visible changes for image 1.0.6 (2008/04/29):
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 ** The following functions are new:

      imcomplement  rgbplot

 ** Implemented support for bilateral filtering.

 ** Build fixes for new versions of ImageMagick.

 Summary of important user-visible changes for image 1.0.5 (2008/02/16):
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 ** The following functions are new:

      imfilter  imsmooth

 Summary of important user-visible changes for image 1.0.4 (2007/12/12):
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 Summary of important user-visible changes for image 1.0.3 (2007/10/14):
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 Summary of important user-visible changes for image 1.0.2 (2007/07/26):
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 Summary of important user-visible changes for image 1.0.1 (2007/05/26):
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 Summary of important user-visible changes for image 1.0.0 (2007/03/28):
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 ** First non-monolithic release.

 ** The following functions are new:

      __bwarea            fspecial            impersepectivewap
      apply               graythresh          imremap
      bwarea              im2double           label2rgb
      bwperim             im2uint8            __magick_read__
      deriche             im2uint16

 ** Fixex for non 8bit images.

 ** Quantum sizes in imagemagick.

 ** Compatiability changes to imwrite, isgray and rgb2gray.

 ** imread, probe depth from bits rather than Red field, allows loading of gray
    scale images.

 ** Convert all functions to use texinfo help.

 Summary of important user-visible changes for image (Octave Forge 2006.07.09):
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 Summary of important user-visible changes for image (Octave Forge 2006.01.28):
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 ** imread() now return the appropriate numeric class. Colour images are of size
    MxNx3, gray images MxN.

 Summary of important user-visible changes for image (Octave Forge 2005.06.13):
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 ** The following functions are new:

      bwarea      imresize

 Summary of important user-visible changes for image (Octave Forge 2004.11.16):
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   ** No important changes to the image package in this Octave Forge release.

 Summary of important user-visible changes for image (Octave Forge 2004.09.09):
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 ** The following functions are new:

      applylut      cmunique      houghtf       poly2mask     uintlut
      bestblk       col2im        im2col        qtdecomp
      blkproc       conndef       isrgb         qtgetblk
      bweuler       dilate        makelut       qtsetblk
      bwmorph       erode         nlfilter      roicolor
      cmpermute     graycomatrix  padarray      stretchlim

 ** Implemented initial support for int* types.

 Summary of important user-visible changes for image (Octave Forge 2004.07.07):
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 ** No important changes to the image package in this Octave Forge release.

 Summary of important user-visible changes for image (Octave Forge 2004.02.12):
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 ** `imread' now supports 16-bit grayscale images.

 Summary of important user-visible changes for image (Octave Forge 2003.06.02):
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 ** The following functions are new:

      rotate_scale

 Summary of important user-visible changes for image (Octave Forge 2003.02.22):
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 ** No important changes to the image package in this Octave Forge release.

 Summary of important user-visible changes for image (Octave Forge 2002.11.30):
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 ** The following functions are new:

      colfilt      imginfo      imrotate     imshear      imtranslate

 ** The `colorgradient' function now allow instantaneous transitions (weight 0)

 ** The `bwlabel' function has been implemented in C++ and may behave different.

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 Summary of important user-visible changes for image (Octave Forge 2001.11.02):
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 ** First release.

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