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The API is intended to be used in a variety of contexts. Client-side applications may use it to load image data from local disk files or across the network. Server-side applications may use it to generate images dynamically in response to client requests, for example by using the Servlet API. The Image I/O API may be used in conjunction with other APIs such as Java Advanced Imaging, Java3D, and the Java Media Framework in order to build sophisticated multimedia applications.