ImageMagick is developed for use in a commercial environment so the emphasis is on stability and speed. We maintain one release and one beta distribution rather than the traditional stable/unstable branches so we can utilitize all our development efforts toward reducing bugs and enhancing performance of the unified ImageMagick distribution. We emphasize a stable API and ABI making ImageMagick suitable as a base for other open source (and proprietary) applications.
The objectives of the ImageMagick project are to:
Patches, bug fixes, and enhancements are encouraged from the developer and user community. Post them to either the magick-developers mailing list or to the ImageMagick Discourse Server. If you plan on contributing on a on-going basis, let us know and we will give you writable CVS access.