Implementing Resea GUI (Part 3): Porting libpng

Rendering a PNG image using libpng.
Rendering a PNG image using libpng.

I successfully enabled Cairo's built-in support for reading PNG images.

Porting libpng and zlib

Cairo's PNG support can be enabled by defining CAIRO_HAS_PNG_FUNCTIONS in cairo-features.h. The PNG support depends on a external library libpng, as the name suggests, it implements PNG-related features including the PNG file reader. Moreover, since a PNG file is compressed with the deflate algorithm, it internally depends on zlib.

Porting libpng and zlib is so easy: just compile them with libc.

Rendering a PNG image

Using cairo_image_surface_create_from_png_stream() API, you can inflate a PNG image into a Cairo surface.

// Fill the screen with a PNG image.
surface = cairo_image_surface_create_from_png_stream(/* ... */);
cairo_set_source_surface(cr, surface, 0, 0);
cairo_rectangle(cr, 0, 0, screen_width, screen_height);

Finally all essential 2D graphics features are now available on Resea!