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New standard photo file format?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Phil K, Aug 2, 2007.

  1. wbeem


    Feb 11, 2007
    Sanford, FL
    William Beem
    Let's see if it takes off.
  2. I am already reticent, and fear it will be adopted... I love RAW and JPEG converted files, I am not sure I want to send more then the final product to an editor. This said the technology has evolved maybe it is time for something new
  3. Sound good...let's see if it takes hold.

  4. This will be interesting to watch.
  5. jmmtn4aj


    Apr 12, 2007
    Smaller size for better quality.. I'd love to see this work :) 
  6. Just like everything else Microsoft, it will require 100MB to do the (real) work of 10MB. Not only that, but it will never attain more than 90% finished state and there will be a perpetual 10% undone and will contain enough loopholes and backdoors to become a hackers paradise!
  7. What's the betting they try to incorporate digital rights management into it?
  8. Now there's a perceptive observation. That can be the only explanation..to make money for the digital rights owner every time the file is opened or even viewed. Furthermore the embedded code in the image will check to see if the viewing software is by an authorized (read license paying) developer, has been paid for and updated otherwise the image will be permamnetly scrambled. Think of all the ways to make money from the users! A digital image equivalent of HDCP.

  9. Lol! And probably not too far from the truth! Boy, they want their avaricious, megalomaniacal hands in everything.
  10. Boy, you guys need to cool off a bit and collect some more information. Please note the final paragraph.

    From Paul Thurott, who publishes an independent MS newsletter daily:

    MS this week announced that the Joint Photographic Expert Group (JPEG) standards body will soon vote on whether the company's HD Photo digital image format should be ratified as an international standard called JPEG XR. If it is accepted, JPEG XR could soon replace the ubiquitous but ancient JPEG format as the standard format for digital photography and imaging. The move would be a coup for Microsoft, which has seen stiff resistance to some of its recent standardization efforts.

    "Microsoft is very pleased that the JPEG working group is considering HD Photo as a new standard, and we are committed to working to ensure that this file format serves the needs of the next generation of consumer and professional photographers," says Microsoft general manager Tom Robertson. "This is an excellent example of Microsoft's multibillion-dollar annual investment in R&D, producing a technology that represents a big step forward in multimedia innovation and tangible benefits for consumers."

    While the 20-year-old JPEG format is widely used and supported by virtually every digital camera and digital imaging device on earth, it is a "lossy" image format that actually degrades picture quality each time the files are edited or changed in any way. HD Photo, by comparison, uses lossless compression to retain the full quality and color fidelity of captured images after editing and resizing, Microsoft says. Better still, images sizes for HD Photo files are smaller than those for JPEG and contain fewer unwanted artifacts.

    If you're concerned about a Microsoft format becoming the standard for digital imaging, take heart in the news that HD Photo--or JPEG XR, as it will be called--is being offered royalty free, meaning that Microsoft is giving it away. This decision will enable "the JPEG committee [to] foster widespread adoption of the specification and help ensure that it can be implemented by the widest possible audience," JPEG noted in a statement. (ED NOTE: That would be JPEG saying this ... not Microsoft!!)


  11. This feature, as well as a new type file system, were both supposed to be part of Vista. Both were pulled from the final build.
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