What's the difference between different common file formats? Especially JPEG, PNG, TIFF, and GIF (non-animated). But also any other popular formats you can think of.
Answer by Dark Avenger · Feb 19, 2011 at 04:11 PM
Jpeg is more used for photography and its a great quality image PNG allows transparency and special effects (non moving) in the image GIF is a low quality image mostly used as a animation format but the in animated is just bad TIFF is a file image commonly used in the mackintosh you may say it is a version of jpeg but enhanced for Mac.
Answer by Giorgio94 · Feb 19, 2011 at 04:05 PM
I don't know much but I think that JPEG and PNG have a very good quality but I know that PNG allows you to have transparent backgrounds. GIF is a very low quality web optimized image file. I don't know what TIFF is but look it up.. Use Google for this question
Answer by _GTech · Feb 19, 2011 at 08:01 PM
Coding & Compression, and how they written in computer language (binary), essentially.
One format is written one way, another format is written another way, what ever coding they use will produce a different result based upon the algorithms used to compress & save the file, naturally you need code to read the file.
Essentially, in easy to understand terms, each image format is created differently, requires certain code to read the file, and each one is compressed differently to reduce size for different uses.
For the internet you need to use certain formats, like png, or jpeg, as the internet only recognizes certain formats, because the internet uses compressed formats and certain codes within it's extensive markup language (XML / HTML) to view or show photos or video on the web. Therefore if you tried to upload the wrong format, you would get an error message, telling you why you failed.
Does this help clarify the essential differences for you?
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