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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Encoding Windows Media Photo Files – Part 1: DPK Tools

  This is the first installment of a series of blogs on creating Windows Media Photo files.  This series will cover the tools that are currently available, an explanation of the various encoding options, and recommendations and guidelines on how to achieve the best results for a wide variety of different scenarios.    Part 1…

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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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Microsoft Officially Announces HD Photo

Didn’t we already do that? Regular readers of my blog (which is a tad oxymoronic, since it appears I have a hard time being a regular poster) already know all about HD Photo.  We’ve been talking about at various conferences, via this blog and on various websites for quite a while.  However, during all that…

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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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Introducing HD Photo

A New Name and a New License No, it’s not another file format.  We have re-christened Windows Media Photo as HD Photo.  We’ve listened closely to the feedback from our partners and customers, and in response, we have made some important changes, including this new name. We have also made a substantial change to the licensing.  The…

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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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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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Photoshop Modes and HD Photo Pixel Formats

A Mode by Any other Name So, as reported previously, we now have released a beta of the Windows HD Photo Plug-in for Adobe® Photoshop® software.  This plug-in allows you to open and save HD Photo files from Photoshop.  Photoshop is a powerful application with an incredible array of features.  Among those are the ability…

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Pixel Formats (Part 2: Fixed Point and Floating Point)

  This is the second part of a discussion of the pixel formats supported by Windows Media Photo.  I definitely recommend you read Part 1 (below) first.  It will provide some important background information that will help with the understanding of Part 2. The Mess We’re in Today In our last installment, we discussed Windows…

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