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The JPEG group approved HD Photo as a new standard

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    Andrei P

    Back in March I wrote a story on how JPEG is likely to get replaced by HD Photo. I had no idea I'd be so right Smiley

    Today the Joint Photographic Experts Group approved the HD Photo format as JPEG XR, a new standard that's going to replace the current JPEG in about an year.

    I wrote a C# tutorial on how to create your lil app to convert JPEG/PNG/GIF to HD Photo with only a few lines of code. But that's because it's supported by .NET 3.0. For everything else you can get the SDK from Microsoft.

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    LaBomba

    How much are those camera's gonna cost though?

    General public affordable?

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    kettch

    LaBomba wrote:
    

    How much are those camera's gonna cost though?

    General public affordable?




    I don't see any reason why they should cost any different than other cameras.

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    Xaero_​Vincent

    But will it be a fully platform independent standard like JPEG-2000?

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    DigitalDud

    Xaero_Vincent wrote:
    But will it be a fully platform independent standard like JPEG-2000?


    No, JPEG 2000 is truly independent of any platform, because its not on any platform. Tongue Out

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    Rossj

    DigitalDud wrote:
    
    Xaero_Vincent wrote:
    But will it be a fully platform independent standard like JPEG-2000?


    No, JPEG 2000 is truly independent of any platform, because its not on any platform.


    Except OSX

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    ZippyV

    Let's hope it will get more adopted than JPEG2000 ever was.

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    Ion Todirel

    all cameras those days sucks, i wont buy one if it doen't have Wi-Fi Tongue Out

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    dentaku

    I tried out the Photoshop filter the second I found out about it and I'm very impressed. I hope it doesn't get rejected by the annoying conspiracy theorists that will not like it because of MS's involvement.

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    W3bbo

    ZippyV wrote:
    Let's hope it will get more adopted than JPEG2000 ever was.


    Why is HD Photo better than JPEG2000?

    Is this another case of Not Invented Here by Microsoft?

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    Tom Servo

    Smaller footprint in regards to memory and computation, but with similar results.

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    Ray6

    Great.

    Now my new camera is yesterday's model ... Perplexed


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    Ray6

    dentaku wrote:
    I tried out the Photoshop filter the second I found out about it and I'm very impressed. I hope it doesn't get rejected by the annoying conspiracy theorists that will not like it because of MS's involvement.


    Well, the 'everything MS says or does is evil' crowd seem to hold a lot of sway at the moment ...


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    Bas

    W3bbo wrote:
    
    ZippyV wrote:
    Let's hope it will get more adopted than JPEG2000 ever was.


    Why is HD Photo better than JPEG2000?



    http://blogs.msdn.com/billcrow/archive/2006/10/20/msu-evaluates-windows-media-photo-vs-jpeg-2000.aspx

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    Escamillo

    Xaero_Vincent wrote:
    But will it be a fully platform independent standard like JPEG-2000?


    http://blogs.msdn.com/billcrow/archive/2007/07/31/industry-standardization-for-hd-photo.aspx
    Bill Crow wrote:
    Our goal is that HD Photo becomes JPEG XR, an open standard under the complete control of the JPEG Committee, with royalty-free rights to all required patents granted by Microsoft. Microsoft is actively participating with the JPEG Committee to produce a complete and detailed technical specification enabling anyone to create implementations in any programming language, on any platform and under a wide variety of business models.

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    DigitalDud

    W3bbo wrote:
    
    Why is HD Photo better than JPEG2000?

    Is this another case of Not Invented Here by Microsoft?


    It is very simple to implement on digi cam hardware, whereas JPEG 2000 most certainly is not.

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    TimP

    This is a little concerning:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HD_Photo#Licensing

    You can use our implementation as long as you don't use it in GPL software. Not going to win a lot of OSS fans with that. As long as Microsoft doesn't pull the same stunt on the specification itself, then OSS folks can write their own. Otherwise I guess it'll have to be reverse engineered like NTFS, SMB, and the ever growing list.

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    stevo_

    Well, it is stated the spec is open as well as the implementation sample..

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