Discover the answers to Frequently Asked Questions about AimTools below.

AIMTools require separate licensing for each image format on each platform. For example, jpeg decompression for iOS is priced separately from jpeg decompression for Android. The AIMTools toolkit is in evaluation mode until unlock codes are provided based on the completion of an agreement with an Accusoft sales representative. Applications using AIMTools require a licensing agreement with Accusoft prior to deployment. This requires a discussion with an Accusoft sales representative about your desired use of AIMTools and the specific features for your application deployment.
On Windows:
  • Open Windows Explorer and type into the Navigation Bar.
  • Right Click inside Windows Explorer to bring up the standard context menu.
  • Find "Login As" and click it to login to FTP Server.
  • Provide the user name: support and the password: 853ae90f
For any other operating system, use an FTP client, such as FileZilla, using the above FTP and login information. Once you've successfully logged in, you can drop your files into the folder.
The AIMTools QuickStart Guide is the best way to get started learning how to use the AIMTools SDK. AIMTools Quickstart Guides for both iOS and Android can be found on the AIMTools documentation page. In addition, refer to the “AIMTools and PICTools Programmers’ Guide” and “AIMTools Programmers’ Reference” on the AIMTools documentation page.
The Tagged Image File Format (TIFF) is widely popular, and is particularly used in document imaging. It can support a number of compression types:
  • Packbits - Created by Apple, this lossless compression type is used for run-length encoding (RLE). Baseline TIFF readers must support this compression. Use this compression for higher compatibility with various applications.
  • CCITT (Huffman encoding) - Used particularly for encoding bitonal (or bi-level) images. "Group 3" and "Group 4" are particularly known for its use with fax transmission of images. Using this compression type will help keep smaller file sizes.
  • LZW - A lossless compression type that supports multiple bit depths. Because it's lossless, it produces files that are generally larger than other compressions. Use this compression if you want to retain the exact visual quality of the image without data loss or artifacts.
  • JPEG - Very popular compression, used for color and grayscale images and can produce high compression ratios. JPEG allows a good amount of control over how the image in question should be compressed. Use this compression for general color or grayscale images.
  • Deflate - A lossless compression using Huffman and LZ77 techniques and also supports different bit depths.
The PICTools SDKs target application development that will be deployed in the Windows, Mac OS, Linux X86, Sparc Solaris, and AIX environments. The AIMTools SDK targets the iOS and Android development platforms.
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