Installation on Snow Leopard

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Installation on Snow Leopard

Post by AusS2000 » 2012-03-18T23:18:35-07:00

I thought I'd document the procedure I went through to install ImageMagick on Snow Leopard (I'll do a separate write up for Lion). I'll leave out all the dead ends I went down to save you the trouble. And I'll try to be concise but not skip any of the steps that are often overlooked by power users and yet baffling to newbys.

I use ImageMagick as an image resizing utility for web applications written in Terascript (previously Witango, before that Tango, and prior to that I think we used a hammer and chisel). So I've never had to install 'delegates'. Infact I don't actually know what they are. I suspect they are libraries to handle different image types and fonts etc. The MacPorts method installs everything I need.

First you need to install Xcode. Xcode is a toolkit provided by Apple for developers. It's on your install disk but if you don't have them handy or like me, have a recent diskless Mac mini you can download from Apple.
(you will need to join Apple's developer program but that is just a few hoops to jump through and is free)

Load the disk image (just double click on it). Launch the installer package.

Then download MacPorts for Snow Leopard: ... eopard.dmg

Run the installer.

Then open the terminal. It's in Applications:Utilities:Terminal. Type:

sudo port install ImageMagick

It will ask you for your password for administrator privileges. Type it, press Enter and then go and make a cup of coffee (or perhaps dinner, the process is quite lengthy but automated).

That's pretty much it. Enjoy.

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