New Nokia imaging SDK 1.1 adds new tricks improves cross compatiblity

| February 24, 2014 | 8 Replies

Earlier today Nokia announced its latest imaging SDK 1.1 with Windows 8.1 support which means apps can target two platforms with a single code so the Lumia 2520 gets on the imaging action too, also the SDK is indifferent to CPU structure (ARM,86x) which means developing an imaging app based off it for Windows Phone, Windows 8 and Windows RT will be a breeze.


Nokia’s new SDK introduces new filters too including HDR effect, Interactive Foreground segmentation (more on that in a later post), and lens blur.
Lastly the new SDK is backward compatible with 1.0 SDK you can learn about it and download it bellow.


The Nokia Imaging SDK makes some of the technologies that Nokia uses in its own imaging applications available to developers. It is a productive library for manipulating image data captured and stored by mobile devices in an efficient way. The features include decoding and encoding JPEG images, applying filters, cropping, rotating and resizing. The SDK provides more than 50 pre-made filters and effects that have been specifically developed for mobile imaging, with speed and memory performance as key drivers. The SDK is highly optimized to be super-fast by meticulous memory and code optimization. The patented JPEG technology, RAJPEG, contributes to making this possible, as it allows access to any image data without decoding the whole image. That means you can apply effects to high resolution images, without worrying about your memory budget.

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The following features are included in the 1.1 release of the Nokia Imaging SDK:

  • Partial JPEG decoding Using RAJPEG technology, access image data without decoding a whole JPEG image for blazingly fast previews, application of effects, rotation, and cropping of high resolution images.
  • Compatible with Imaging SDK 1.0 The SDK update builds on the stable 1.0 release by maintaining API compatibility and enabling a seamless upgrade path for developers using the earlier version. The API is available from both managed (C# and VB) and native (C++) code, is really simple to use, and comes with a range of intuitive classes and methods.
  • Windows 8.1 support Illustrating the potential of Windows platform convergence, the library is now available on Windows 8.1 (x86 and ARM) as a single codebase with no API breaks, making it possible for you to reuse a lot of your code when porting across Windows and Windows Phone.
  • Over 50 filters, effects, and enhancements The library comes packed with effects, filters, and enhancements for you to use; from the simple, such as auto-enhance, frame, and brightness to those with advanced capabilities such as chromakay, adjusting RGB levels, hue, and saturation. The Nokia Imaging SDK 1.1 release also includes Interactive Foreground segmentation, Lens Blur (Bokeh) and single image HDR effect.
  • Roll your own It is also possible to create entirely custom filters for your own unique effects.
  • Crop, resize, rotate, and undo Cropping, rotating, and resizing is supported; you can  crop and rotate in one step with the Reframing API. What’s more you can take advantage of the built-in unlimited undo functionality to  encourage users try out different filters and combinations without fear of  losing anything.
  • Use the camera as a source Use the Camera Helper API for easier access to camera functionality.
  • Even more powerful than before The latest release has been further enhanced with performance and memory optimizations, making it possible to create beautiful imaging experiences even on low spec devices.
  • Compatibility Windows 8.1 (x86 and ARM binaries), Windows Phone 8.0.



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