bitmapToRaster: Convert an Amiga bitmap image into a raster

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bitmapToRasterR Documentation

Convert an Amiga bitmap image into a raster


Amiga images are usually stored as bitmap images with indexed colours. This function converts raw Amiga bitmap data into raster data (as.raster).


  palette = grDevices::gray(seq(0, 1, length.out = 2^depth)),
  interleaved = T



a vector of raw values, representing bitmap data.


Width in pixels of the bitmap image. Can be any positive value. However, bitmap data is ‘word’ aligned on the amiga. This means that the width of the stored bitmap data is a multiple of 16 pixels. The image is cropped to the width specified here.


Height in pixels of the bitmap image.


The colour depth of the bitmap image (i.e., the number of bit planes). The image will be composed of 2^depth indexed colours.


A vector of 2^depth colours, to be used for the indexed colours of the bitmap image. By default, a grayscale palette is used. When explicitly set to NULL, this function returns a matrix with palette index values.


A logical value, indicating whether the bitmap is interleaved. An interleaved bitmap image stores each consecutive bitmap layer per horizontal scanline.


Bitmap images stored as raw data, representing palette index colours, can be converted into raster data (as.raster). The latter data can easily be plotted in R. It is usually not necessary to call this function directly, as there are several more convenient wrappers for this function. Those wrappers can convert specific file formats (such as IFF ILBM and Hardware Sprites, see as.raster) into raster objects. This function is provided for completeness sake (or for when you want to search for images in an amiga memory dump).


Returns a raster object (as.raster) as specified in the grDevices package. Unless, palette is set to NULL, in which case a matrix with numeric palette index values is returned.


Pepijn de Vries

See Also

Other raster.operations: AmigaBitmapFont, as.raster.AmigaBasicShape(), dither(), index.colours(), rasterToAmigaBasicShape(), rasterToAmigaBitmapFont(), rasterToBitmap(), rasterToHWSprite(), rasterToIFF()


## Not run: 
## first load an example image:
example.iff <- read.iff(system.file("ilbm8lores.iff", package = "AmigaFFH"))

## get the raw bitmap data, which is nested in the InterLeaved BitMap (ILBM)
## IFF chunk as the BODY: <- interpretIFFChunk(getIFFChunk(example.iff, c("ILBM", "BODY")))

## In order to translate the bitmap data into a raster object we need
## to know the image dimensions (width, height and colour depth). This
## information can be obtained from the bitmap header (BMHD):

bitmap.header <- interpretIFFChunk(getIFFChunk(example.iff, c("ILBM", "BMHD")))

## First the bitmap data needs to be unpacked as it was stored in a compresssed
## form in the IFF file (see bitmap.header$Compression): <- unPackBitmap(

## It would also be nice to use the correct colour palette. This can be obtained
## from the CMAP chunk in the IFF file:

bitmap.palette <- interpretIFFChunk(getIFFChunk(example.iff, c("ILBM", "CMAP")))

example.raster <- bitmapToRaster(,

## We now have a raster object that can be plotted:

plot(example.raster, interpolate = FALSE)

## End(Not run)

AmigaFFH documentation built on Aug. 27, 2023, 9:07 a.m.