Microsoft Releases New “HD Photo” Plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop

 
HD PHOTO: This new, next-generation digital image format offers the high-def solution for digital image editing and storage and unlocks the potential for digital photography on devices, applications and services.
 
"HD Photo offers compression with up to twice the efficiency of JPEG, with fewer damaging artifacts, resulting in higher-quality images that are one-half the file size. In addition, HD Photo offers increased image fidelity, preserving the entire original image content and enabling higher-quality exposure and color adjustments in the image. This new format offers the ability to decode only the information needed for any resolution or region, or the option to manipulate the image as compressed data."
  • Multiple color formats for display or print
  • Fixed or floating point high-dynamic-range image encoding
  • Lossless or high-quality lossy compression
  • Efficient decoding for multiple resolutions and subregions
  • Minimal overhead for format conversion or transformations during decode
 
 
Additional Resources:
HD Photo Feature Specification 1.0 – HD Photo still image codec Feature specification, including container, metadata, image formats and Windows programming guide.
HD Photo Device Porting Kit – Development tools for implementing the HD Photo still image codec on non-Windows platforms and devices.

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BLAKE was a Microsoft MVP and award winning programmer with over 20+ years experience providing complete Windows and networking support for small to medium sized businesses. BLAKE is also Jazz Musician and Instructor for residential clients on the Los Angeles West Side.
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