Magick++ supports an object model which is inspired by PerlMagick. Magick++
executes faster than PerlMagick since it is accessed from a compiled
language rather than from a scripting language. This makes it more suitable
for Web CGI programs which must start-up and execute quickly. Images support
implicit reference counting so that copy constructors and assignment incur
almost no cost. The cost of actually copying an image (if necessary) is done
just before modification and this copy is managed automatically by Magick++.
De-referenced copies are automatically deleted. The image objects support
value (rather than pointer) semantics so it is trivial to support multiple
generations of an image in memory at one time.
Magick++ provides integrated support for STL. This support allows Magick++
to be used with the Standard Template Library (STL) so that the powerful
containers available (e.g. deque, vector, list, and map) can be used to
write programs similar to those possible with PERL & PerlMagick.
STL-compatible template versions of ImageMagick's list-style operations are
provided so that operations may be performed on multiple images stored in