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BugFlipper: A freeware plug-in for human assisted image processing in the GIMP

  • Author(s): Tinker, Ted
  • Seltmann, Katja
  • et al.
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Public License

Bugflipper is an open source plugin for the GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) that performs a series of standard image correction tasks that are common when digitizing natural history collection specimens. These tasks include rotating images, color and contrast correction, reduction in overall file size, cropping, and renaming the image with a barcode number as the filename.

BugFlipper automates many of the processes based on preset values, but the program also includes a human assisted step that allows custom processing of non-standard images, quality control, and image renaming during the process. A comprehensive instruction manual for BugFlipper is included here, with troubleshooting tips and advice for modifying the plugin code to simplify a variety of human-assisted image-processing problems.

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