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Subject: Re: Camera Raw support for Nikon D200?

Russell, you say "A TIFF ("Tagged Image Format File") is an image format that cuts no corners and records all the original information for every image pixel. There's no difference (with proper settings) between TIFF, PSD (Photoshop), PNG, GIF, BMP, RAW, and many other formats that offer a means of saving image data in a 'lossless' fashion".

Not true. A raw file is processed in a non-reversible manner to get to TIFF (real name TIFF 6.0), or the others. TIFF does not "record all the original information".

(I've read that the TIFF trademark was later registered by Adobe. Is this true? Not that it matters much here).

"Open" is a bit of an ambiguous concept. (I wouldn't use the term "open source" for a specification - I believe that normally refers to code). People may think that JPEG is "open". But Forgent claimed patents, and I believe Adobe paid them. Last I heard Forgent were suing Microsoft. (My information may be out of date, and I know that some people dispute Forgent's claim).

Adobe have owned TIFF 6.0 for over a decade. I suspect they are not about to spring surprises on everyone using TIFF!


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