Ignore about 50% of my earlier post - bad memory.
Surely, all of this is documented somewhere? (I recall now having to create my own docs so I got these things correct)
MrSidDecodeFast.exe is the command-line utility. MrSidExtract is the GUI application, written at about the same time (?October2005), probably by the same person.
The GUI application allows you to batch-process all SID files in a folder (and sub-folders) in one session. Its folder selection dialog could be improved (and, sometimes it is desirable to process only 1 SID file from a folder full of many files).
The command-line version has these parameters that you can use, on a single SID file:
mrsiddecodefast -i input -o output [-info] [-icon] [-x x0] [-y y0] [-s scale] [-w width] [-h height] [-sh strip_height] [-bil] [-bip] [-bsq] [-bmp] [ecw] [-jpeg] [-ntf] [-tiff]
-info Return image info -icon Return icon image -i Input filename -o Output filename -s Window scale -x Window center X-offset -y Window center Y-offset -w Window width -h Window height -sh Strip height -bil BIL output file type -bip BIP output file type -bsq BSQ output file type -bmp BMP output file type -ecw ECW output file type -jpeg JPEG output file type (default) -ntf NITF output file type -tiff TIFF output file type -pwd The password to be used to unlock the image if it is password locked
The square brackets [ ] indicate optional parameters (ie, you can use one or several of them).
Note that a range of file output options is available - .BIL .BIP .BSQ .BMP .ECW .JPG .NTF .TIF
JPEG2000 is NOT an option. JPEG (.JPG) is the default (ie, if you do not specify the output file format).
The -info option would be quite useful - but I've never been able to get all the command-line parameters to work properly.
I am not sure how Manifold does MrSID decoding these days.
The way that I last used Manifold (6.5) to autoprocess .SID files, it assumed that the LizardTech decode utility was in its "command-line", and that the default output format was TIF - which then meant that Manifold loaded the resultant TIF file. Who wants to load TIF when ECW is available? Not me.
If Manifold allowed its command-line (settings string) to accept a long string, then we users would be able to use the full capabilities of MrSidDecodefast (ie, a number of those parameters above), and load an appropriate end-result file (which might be an .ECW file).
Just thinking out loud here - maybe I'm wrong again (it often happens).