The new Seadragon.com

Microsoft Live Labs just released a new free service at seadragon.com.  It lets you transform any web image into a Seadragon-powered zoomable photo experience, then embed the results anywhere you want.  With Seadragon.com, you can share full resolution photos that are fast, easy and fun to explore, regardless of the web browser or platform. Take…

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JPEG XR is Now an International Standard

I’m very excited to share the news that JPEG XR is now an approved ISO/IEC International standard.  (It’s official designation is ISO/IEC 29199-2.)  In addition, JPEG XR has also been approved as ITU Recommendation T.832.  You can find more information in the press release from the JPEG Committee. As I’ve discussed in previous blog posts…

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JPEG XR for Digital Cameras Nears Completion

  The JPEG XR Technical Spec Work is Done The headline for this blog post is the headline of the press release from the most recent meeting of the Joint Photographic Expert’s Group (JPEG) Committee.  The JPEG XR standard has advanced to Draft International standard balloting.  Basically, that means the specification is frozen for implementers;…

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HD Photo Plug-ins for Photoshop are Released

HD Photo plug-ins for Adobe® Photoshop® CS2 and CS3 have been officially released for both Windows and OSX.  They’re available now from the Microsoft Download Center.  Here are the separate downloads for Windows and OSX. The Windows version is supported on Windows XP and Windows Vista, and works with Photoshop CS2 and CS3.  While not…

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HDR and Color Spaces

HD Photo supports high dynamic range wide gamut color (HDR/WG) image content using the scRGB color profile with multiple fixed point or floating point numerical formats in 16 or 32 bits per channel (bpc).  HDR/WG introduces a fundamentally different way to manage image information compared to the 8bpc unsigned integer RGB pixel format that is…

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Updated HD Photo Plug-ins for Adobe® Photoshop® Software

We’ve just posted updated versions of the HD Photo Plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop Software to the Microsoft Download Center.  There are now versions for both Windows and Macintosh OS X. There is an updated beta for Windows Vista and Windows XP, plus a new beta for both Intel and PPC Macs running OS X. In…

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Industry Standardization for HD Photo

This is a pretty exciting day for all of us working on HD Photo.  Today, the Joint Photographic Expert’s Group (JPEG) announced a new work item for the standardization of a HD Photo as a new file format called JPEG XR (XR is short for “extended range”.)  You can read the full details in the…

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High Dynamic Range Editing

HD Photo supports a new paradigm for image editing.  , Higher fidelity images can be stored in a high dynamic range, wide gamut format using either fixed or floating point numerical encoding.  HD Photo retains image content that would otherwise fall outside the visible range and be clipped using the more typical unsigned integer numerical representation…

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WinHEC 2007 is Almost Here

I’ll be attending WinHEC again this year, with multiple sessions on HD Photo.  WinHEC 2007 takes place at the Los Angeles Convention Center May 15th-17th.  I’ll be presenting a session entitled “HD Photo Implemention Guidelines” on Wednesday at 11A.  I’m also hosing a “chalk talk” on “HD Photo Wide Gamut Imaging” Wednesday afternoon.  The chalk…

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Expression Design Includes HD Photo Support

The Beta 2 version of Microsoft® Expression® Design was recently released with full support for opening and saving HD Photo files.  It’s available for either Windows Vista or Windows XP. So what exactly is Expression Design?  In the words of the product team: Expression Design is a professional illustration and graphic design tool that lets…

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