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Name: [002] Ian Ozsvald
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Description: I am the co-founder of ShowMeDo (see, author of `The Screencasting Handbook <>`_ and the founder of the professional screencast production company `ProCasts <>`_: .. image:: ...

Reading and Writing Binary Files [ID:1352] (4/5)

in series: Python Beginners - File I/O

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Binary files are a large topic. Rather than dwell on Windows-specifics (because Binary files are most relevant to Windows machines) instead I link to a number of examples and then give an example of manipulating a binary image file using the Python Image Library.

First, read up on File objects and see lots of uses in this long file i/o tutorial. Next, if you need the csv library read on the use of 'b' on Windows. Finally, for the example get a jpg image like this SumoBot and install the Python Imaging Library to follow this episode.

""" show PIL binary example for images"""

# File general info including binary 

# Longer file tutorial

# reader = csv.reader(open("some.csv", "rb"))

# sumo robot image:
# from Five Pound App Xmas Special:
# of

# PIL Image module

from PIL import Image
im ="SumoRobot.jpg")
# quick demo of showing a binary file loaded and manipulated

# now make greyscale
#im.draft('L', im.size).show()

#im.draft('L', im.size)
#im.thumbnail((100,75), Image.ANTIALIAS)'Sumo_thumbnail.jpg', "JPEG")

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I am very new to this entire process. I want to understand what the people who post video binary files go through to get their product. With that in mind is this the place to start?



Excellent content. The only suggestion I would give is to record the video with higher volume - perhaps a lapel mic? I had to turn it up all the way to hear you.

Very nice introduction to binary files and the PIL module.

Very cool! Thank you!

You might consider prompting users for their ideas on small apps that they could create after each of your lessons...

I was thinking about:

*an app that would prompt user for their name and then the image name and then rename the image 'USERNAMEpicture.jpg' file name and then stamp the image with the name. Simple but plenty to learn in just doing that. :)

Great content to get started with on images.

you are an export on screencasting :)

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