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what so great about MNG?

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Steven (the reader of this blog) commented:
what so great about MNG? I haven't seen that format before.


Most of us know the image formats BMP, JPG, GIF and PNG

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BMP (Bit Map) we know from M$ paint a crazy drawing program with next to no features.(Commodore 64 had better) Obviously the BMP doesn't do anything futuristic either. It saves the pixel's to the disk into files so huge we cant really use em on the web. BMP works but it has nothing cool, it is specially un cool because we had much better image formats loooooong before M$ made us use it.

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JPG (Joint Photographic Experts Group.) The name says it all "a cool photo format". It's the most common format on the web, not as well suited for line drawings and other textual or iconic graphics because lossy compression performs badly at this, decompressing retrieves data different to the original, but is close enough.

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GIF (Graphics Interchange Format) Has animation!Only 256 colors that are lossless compressed for the web. So basically after your photo is broken into 265 colors(unsuitable for photographs) it wont ruin it any further at compression. The web was way to slow for losslessly compressed photographs in 1987 anyway let alone in full color. GIF has no blurry lines like JPG thanks to the losslessness. Good for buttons n shit. It was Patented by Unisys(now expired), and peeps had to pay royalties for writing programs that generate or display GIFs.

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PNG The desire for a comparable format with fewer legal restrictions (as well as fewer technical restrictions such as the number of colours) led to the development of the PNG (Portable Network Graphics) standard. PNG is touted as a technically superior alternative, and has become the third most common image format on the web.

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MNG, the animated image file format.

MNG (Multiple-image Network Graphics) is closely related to the PNG image format. When PNG development started in early 1995, developers decided not to incorporate support for animation. However, work soon started on MNG as an animation-supporting version of PNG.

Version 1.0 of the MNG specification was released on January 31, 2001. Konqueror has native MNG support, plugins are available for Opera, Internet Explorer and Netscape.

Mozilla originally supported MNG, but native support for MNG was removed in version 1.5a by request of AOL and Mozilla has not supported the format since.

The MNG developers hope that in time MNG will begin to replace GIF for animated images on the World Wide Web, just as PNG is already doing for still images.

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I hope that answered the question but if it doesn't "it was fun to try answerer it"

Now lets get to the "how do we make em?".

I didn't figure that part out jet exept from a few japaneese programs I fail to make sense of. hehehe

Comments

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super cool......i never knew this much about MNG...thanx a lot.....

Friday October 7, 2005 - 07:51am (PDT)



™Miss…

I met someone once who collected get this...file formats!!theres way more than jpeg,gif,png,bmp,tif and mng according to him LOL.Great explanation Gaby btw :-D

Saturday October 8, 2005 - 08:30am (EST)



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Oh it answered my question and then some. Got a whole history lesson. Thanks. :) Strange that I usually overlook the format when dealing with images. By the way, am I the only one who actually uses MS Paint? I don't do any serious drawings but when I do, it is often the first to be pulled. hmm ... guess so

Sunday October 9, 2005 - 04:21am (EDT)



Gaby

I use M$ paint, I just select all + copy the result into irfanview and save it as jpg/png or gif. Or do batch converts :)

Monday October 10, 2005 - 01:15am (PDT)