Image SDK / ActiveX - Imaging Toolkit
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Image SDK/ActiveX is built upon Black Ice technology long used by customers. Image SDK/ActiveX is a software development tool that helps application developers and programmers create applications with sophisticated image processing capabilities.

Image SDK is compatible with the following development languages: .NET, VB.NET, C#, J#., C, C++, and MS Access.

Image SDK

    UNICODE filename support

    UNICODE filename support ensures the usability of foreign languages and special characters in the filenames when using Black Ice Image SDKs.

    64 bit support

    Black Ice Image SDK/ActiveX includes 64 bit support from Version 12.00. 64 bit support ensures that the benefits of 64 bit hardware is fully obtained.


    Image SDK/ActiveX includes a very powerful feature that makes displaying images to any display device easy. The display feature included in Image SDK/ActiveX provides an easy-to-use solution for developers. Application developers now do not have to spend expensive engineering time implementing complicated display routines. It only takes a few function calls and the Black Ice display routine will do the rest.


    Image SDK/ActiveX control supports all the popular data compression methods used in Document Imaging.

    TWAIN scanner support

    Scanning support is based on the latest TWAIN 1.9 drivers. With the latest TWAIN drivers, application developers have total control over almost every aspect of the scanning process. Applications can even turn on and off the use of the document feeder some newer scanners have in order to perform batch scanning or automated scanning.

    File formats (loading, saving and converting images from one format to another)

    Image SDK/ActiveX supports several file formats. From simple BMP files to more complex TIFF and JPEG files, everything is included. Image SDK can help create standard Group 3 1d, Group 3 2d or Group 4 faxable TIFF files. It helps create JPEG files for web sites, color faxing or photo albums, or helps use other formats like PCX, DCX, PNG. The TIFF and JPEG libraries developed by Black Ice Software are one of the first and most extensive TIFF and JPEG file format processing and encoding/decoding libraries available on the market. Image SDK/ActiveX control can be further enhanced by upgrading to Document Imaging SDK with PDF file format support.


    Black Ice imaging and image processing tools provide an easy way to print images in single or multiple print jobs with a wide variety of options. When printing, today’s applications not only want to create a paper copy of an image file but also want to specify the way in which the image will be printed. The image has to be positioned on the paper according to a predefined location, printed with its original size or stretched to a specific size. Some applications even require printing more than one image on the same page so the amount of paper wasted is minimal. Black Ice imaging tools provide several powerful options to meet these needs.

    Fax Image Processing

    One very important area where image processing is commonly used is faxing. During faxing image files are transferred from one device to another. The format, the size and the resolution of the image file that can be transferred is specified by the fax standard and by the device (i.e. fax board) that will transmit the file.


    Black Ice Software’s Image SDK ActiveX controls are designed to assist developers in building web-based Internet imaging applications. You can build a server-based or client-based image-processing web application with quick integration using the Document Imaging ActiveX controls.

    Color Space Conversion

    The Color Space Conversion functions implement features that change the way that colors are represented in images. Today’s devices represent colors in different ways. Some devices, such as printers accept 1 bit monochrome images, others accept 24 bit full color images. But there is also a difference in the methods used to encode colors. Some devices, like display devices, work with RGB color space. Other devices, such as printers may use CMYK color space. Image SDK/ActiveX has over 60 functions, which can be grouped into three sets of functions. There is a group of functions to convert a Device Independent Bitmap, a buffer or a single pixel to any of the color spaces. Black Ice imaging tools currently support the following 9 color spaces: RGB, CMY, CMYK, HIS, HSV, L*a*b, XYZ, YIQ, YUV.

    Color Depth Conversion

    The Color Depth Conversion functions implement features that change the way that colors are represented in images. Today’s devices represent colors in many different ways. Some devices, such as printers accept 1 bit monochrome images, others accept 24 bit full color images. Converting a color image to black and white is called halftoning or clustered-dot ordered dither in computer graphics. Image SDK/ActiveX has 9 sophisticated dithering algorithm, some of them only available from Black Ice, such as Stevenson Arce dithering.


    Image transformations are important and one of the most widely used components of any imaging toolkit. Image transforms produce results quickly without degrading the quality of the image.

    Text Processing

    Black Ice imaging tools include a wide variety of text processing functions that can be very helpful in different application areas.

    Sample Applications:

    Additionally, Image SDK contains a variety of new sample applications, which demonstrate the new document conversion capabilities and features. The product is fully .NET compatible and also provides sample source codes written in C#, VB.NET, and J# to demonstrate the powerful document conversion options.

    Visual Studio 2005, and VB.NET 8.0 Support has also been added.

    Supported Operating Systems


    Windows 11 64 bit

    Windows 10 32/64 bit

    Windows 8.1 32/64 bit

    Windows 7 32/64 bit


    Windows Server 2022

    Windows Server 2019

    Windows Server 2016

    Windows Server 2012 R2 / 2012

    Citrix XenApp / XenDesktop

    VMware Horizon + ThinApp

    VMware VCenter

    Microsoft RemoteApp

    Microsoft Hyper-V, Hyper-V VDI

    Looking for more? Check out our Document Imaging SDK/ActiveX


    To purchase one of the development tools below, please complete and fax a copy of the associated license agreement to the Black Ice sales office. For ordering information, please click here.

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