Library for PPM images

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Here's a trivial little thing I wrote for saving PPM images.

For those that don't know, PPM is probably the simplest possible image file format that other software will actually read! For example, IrfanView will read it. Thus, this is a simple, light-weight way to write programs that will output graphics files, using only pure Haskell 98 I/O.

module PPM (write_ppm, save_ppm) where

import Colour

save_ppm :: FilePath -> [[Colour]] -> IO ()
save_ppm f css = writeFile f $ make_ppm css

make_ppm :: [[Colour]] -> String
make_ppm css =
  "P3\n" ++ (show $ length $ head css) ++ " " ++ (show $ length css) ++ " 255\n" ++
  (unlines $ map unwords $ group 15 $ map show $ concatMap colour $ concat css)

group _ [] = []
group n xs =
  let (xs0,xs1) = splitAt n xs
  in  xs0 : group n xs1

colour (Colour r g b) = [channel r, channel g, channel b]

channel :: Double -> Int
channel = floor . (255*) . min 1 . max 0

The code is actually designed to work with my Library for colours - but you can supply something of your own if you prefer.