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ok, there is one program to convert that .sid to .jpg (.bmp ...), but here goes another problem.
as you know, opening a 400mb .jpg is not a good idea, so now i need some program to cut
this huge .jpg (lets say 100000x100000 pix :>) to smaller pieces (lets say 500x500 pix).
I don't use gimp, but I noticed you can run it without the GUI. man gimp told me you can supply a batch file on the command line consisting of "a script that can be executed by one of the Gimp scripting extensions". I would have to imagine croping an image would be supported in one of them. What extensions are available and how to script in them... uhhh... I dunno that one. Sorry