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ravells
02-12-2008, 11:16 AM
This online converter claims to convert over 100 file formats. I'm not sure how much use it will be but you can find it here: (http://www.online-utility.org/image_converter.jsp?outputType=GIF)

http://www.online-utility.org/image_converter.jsp?outputType=GIF

Redrobes
02-12-2008, 01:23 PM
Thats a good link. I am a bit of a fan of image magick (.com). Its command line driven and free and has a lot of formats that it can do too. This is its format list :-



A* rw+ Raw alpha samples
ART* rw- PFS: 1st Publisher Clip Art
ARW r-- Sony Alpha Raw Image Format
AVI* r-- Microsoft Audio/Visual Interleaved
AVS* rw+ AVS X image
B* rw+ Raw blue samples
BIE* rw- Joint Bi-level Image experts Group interchange format (1.6)
BMP* rw- Microsoft Windows bitmap image
BMP2* -w- Microsoft Windows bitmap image v2
BMP3* -w- Microsoft Windows bitmap image v3
C* rw+ Raw cyan samples
CAPTION* r-- Image caption
CIN* rw+ Cineon Image File
CIP* -w- Cisco IP phone image format
CLIP* -w+ Image Clip Mask
CLIPBOARD* rw- The system clipboard
CMYK* rw+ Raw cyan, magenta, yellow, and black samples
CMYKA* rw+ Raw cyan, magenta, yellow, black, and opacity samples
CR2 r-- Canon Digital Camera Raw Image Format
CRW r-- Canon Digital Camera Raw Image Format
CUR* rw- Microsoft icon
CUT* r-- DR Halo
DCM* r-- Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine image
DICOM is used by the medical community for images like X-rays. The
specification, "Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine
(DICOM)", is available at http://medical.nema.org/. In particular,
see part 5 which describes the image encoding (RLE, JPEG, JPEG-LS),
and supplement 61 which adds JPEG-2000 encoding.
DCR r-- Kodak Digital Camera Raw Image File
DCX* rw+ ZSoft IBM PC multi-page Paintbrush
DFONT* r-- Multi-face font package (Freetype 2.1.5)
DNG r-- Digital Negative
DPS --- Display Postscript Interpreter
DPX* rw+ SMPTE 268M-2003 (DPX 2.0)
Digital Moving Picture Exchange Bitmap, Version 2.0.
See SMPTE 268M-2003 specification at http://www.smtpe.org

EMF r-- Windows WIN32 API rendered Enhanced Meta File
EPDF rw- Encapsulated Portable Document Format
EPI rw- Encapsulated PostScript Interchange format
EPS rw- Encapsulated PostScript
EPS2* -w- Level II Encapsulated PostScript
EPS3* -w+ Level III Encapsulated PostScript
EPSF rw- Encapsulated PostScript
EPSI rw- Encapsulated PostScript Interchange format
EPT rw- Encapsulated PostScript with TIFF preview
EPT2 rw- Encapsulated PostScript Level II with TIFF preview
EPT3 rw+ Encapsulated PostScript Level III with TIFF preview
FAX* rw+ Group 3 FAX
FITS* rw- Flexible Image Transport System
FRACTAL* r-- Plasma fractal image
FTS* rw- Flexible Image Transport System
G* rw+ Raw green samples
G3* rw- Group 3 FAX
GIF* rw+ CompuServe graphics interchange format
GIF87* rw- CompuServe graphics interchange format (version 87a)
GRADIENT* r-- Gradual passing from one shade to another
GRAY* rw+ Raw gray samples
HISTOGRAM* -w- Histogram of the image
HTM* -w- Hypertext Markup Language and a client-side image map
HTML* -w- Hypertext Markup Language and a client-side image map
ICB* rw+ Truevision Targa image
ICO* rw+ Microsoft icon
ICON* rw- Microsoft icon
INFO -w+ The image format and characteristics
IPL* rw+ IPL Image Sequence
JBG* rw+ Joint Bi-level Image experts Group interchange format (1.6)
JBIG* rw+ Joint Bi-level Image experts Group interchange format (1.6)
JNG* rw- JPEG Network Graphics
JP2* rw- JPEG-2000 File Format Syntax
JPC* rw- JPEG-2000 Code Stream Syntax
JPEG* rw- Joint Photographic Experts Group JFIF format (62)
JPG* rw- Joint Photographic Experts Group JFIF format
JPX* rw- JPEG-2000 File Format Syntax
K* rw+ Raw black samples
K25 r-- Kodak Digital Camera Raw Image Format
KDC r-- Kodak Digital Camera Raw Image Format
LABEL* r-- Image label
M* rw+ Raw magenta samples
M2V rw+ MPEG Video Stream
MAP* rw- Colormap intensities and indices
MAT* rw+ MATLAB image format
MATTE* -w+ MATTE format
MIFF* rw+ Magick Image File Format
MNG* rw+ Multiple-image Network Graphics (libpng 1.2.18)
MONO* rw- Raw bi-level bitmap
MPC* rw+ Magick Persistent Cache image format
MPEG rw+ MPEG Video Stream
MPG rw+ MPEG Video Stream
MRW r-- Sony (Minolta) Raw Image File
MSL* rw+ Magick Scripting Language
MSVG* rw+ ImageMagick's own SVG internal renderer
MTV* rw+ MTV Raytracing image format
MVG* rw- Magick Vector Graphics
NEF r-- Nikon Digital SLR Camera Raw Image File
NULL* rw- Constant image of uniform color
O* rw+ Raw opacity samples
ORF r-- Olympus Digital Camera Raw Image File
OTB* rw- On-the-air bitmap
OTF* r-- Open Type font (Freetype 2.1.5)
PAL* rw- 16bit/pixel interleaved YUV
PALM* rw+ Palm pixmap
PAM* rw+ Common 2-dimensional bitmap format
PATTERN* r-- Predefined pattern
PBM* rw+ Portable bitmap format (black and white)
PCD* rw- Photo CD
PCDS* rw- Photo CD
PCL rw- Printer Control Language
PCT* rw- Apple Macintosh QuickDraw/PICT
PCX* rw- ZSoft IBM PC Paintbrush
PDB* rw+ Palm Database ImageViewer Format
PDF rw+ Portable Document Format
PEF r-- Pentax Electronic File
PFA* r-- Postscript Type 1 font (ASCII) (Freetype 2.1.5)
PFB* r-- Postscript Type 1 font (binary) (Freetype 2.1.5)
PFM* rw+ Portable float format
PGM* rw+ Portable graymap format (gray scale)
PGX* r-- JPEG-2000 VM Format
PICON* rw- Personal Icon
PICT* rw- Apple Macintosh QuickDraw/PICT
PIX* r-- Alias/Wavefront RLE image format
PJPEG* rw- Progessive Joint Photographic Experts Group JFIF
PLASMA* r-- Plasma fractal image
PNG* rw- Portable Network Graphics (libpng 1.2.18)
PNG24* rw- opaque 24-bit RGB (zlib 1.2.3)
PNG32* rw- opaque or transparent 32-bit RGBA
PNG8* rw- 8-bit indexed with optional binary transparency
PNM* rw+ Portable anymap
PPM* rw+ Portable pixmap format (color)
PREVIEW* -w- Show a preview an image enhancement, effect, or f/x
PS rw+ PostScript
PS2* -w+ Level II PostScript
PS3* -w+ Level III PostScript
PSD* rw+ Adobe Photoshop bitmap
PTIF* rw- Pyramid encoded TIFF
PWP* r-- Seattle Film Works
R* rw+ Raw red samples
RAF r-- Fuji CCD-RAW Graphic File
RAS* rw+ SUN Rasterfile
RGB* rw+ Raw red, green, and blue samples
RGBA* rw+ Raw red, green, blue, and alpha samples
RGBO* rw+ Raw red, green, blue, and opacity samples
RLA* r-- Alias/Wavefront image
RLE* r-- Utah Run length encoded image
SCR* r-- ZX-Spectrum SCREEN$
SCT* r-- Scitex HandShake
SFW* r-- Seattle Film Works
SGI* rw+ Irix RGB image
SHTML* -w- Hypertext Markup Language and a client-side image map
SR2 r-- Sony Raw Format 2
SRF r-- Sony Raw Format
STEGANO* r-- Steganographic image
SUN* rw+ SUN Rasterfile
SVG* rw+ Scalable Vector Graphics (XML 2.4.19)
SVGZ* rw+ Compressed Scalable Vector Graphics (XML 2.4.19)
TEXT* rw+ Text
TGA* rw+ Truevision Targa image
THUMBNAIL* -w+ EXIF Profile Thumbnail
TIFF* rw+ Tagged Image File Format (LIBTIFF, Version 3.8.2)
TIFF64* --- Tagged Image File Format (64-bit) (LIBTIFF, Version 3.8.2)
TILE* r-- Tile image with a texture
TIM* r-- PSX TIM
TTC* r-- TrueType font collection (Freetype 2.1.5)
TTF* r-- TrueType font (Freetype 2.1.5)
TXT* rw+ Text
UIL* -w- X-Motif UIL table
UYVY* rw- 16bit/pixel interleaved YUV
VDA* rw+ Truevision Targa image
VICAR* rw- VICAR rasterfile format
VID* rw+ Visual Image Directory
VIFF* rw+ Khoros Visualization image
VST* rw+ Truevision Targa image
WBMP* rw- Wireless Bitmap (level 0) image
WMF* r-- Windows Meta File
WMFWIN32 r-- Windows WIN32 API rendered Meta File
WMZ* r-- Compressed Windows Meta File
WPG* r-- Word Perfect Graphics
X* rw+ X Image
X3F r-- Sigma Camera RAW Picture File
XBM* rw- X Windows system bitmap (black and white)
XC* r-- Constant image uniform color
XCF* r-- GIMP image
XPM* rw- X Windows system pixmap (color)
XV* rw+ Khoros Visualization image
XWD* rw- X Windows system window dump (color)
Y* rw+ Raw yellow samples
YCbCr* rw+ Raw Y, Cb, and Cr samples
YCbCrA* rw+ Raw Y, Cb, Cr, and opacity samples
YUV* rw- CCIR 601 4:1:1 or 4:2:2

* native blob support

su_liam
02-12-2008, 01:29 PM
Yeah, between ImageMagick and Fred's Image Magick Scripts (http://www.fmwconcepts.com/imagemagick/) I'm pretty well set. It works on Mac OS X!

pyrandon
02-12-2008, 01:36 PM
Okay, I know I'm not completely computer literate, but can anyone tell me why I would want to convert file formats? Is this a specialized activity most users would never need/use? If this is a dumb question, I'm sorry--just curious.

Redrobes
02-12-2008, 01:47 PM
Your right, I only use a few. I use PNG generally, JPG if its a photo and it needs to be compressed hard - like for this forum uploads. I use bmp sometimes if I need fast file load and save which is rare. There is iff which is also rare but occasionally I use a program that does not understand anything else. Sometimes I am given psd files and now and again I use raw RGB which has come from data not necessarily from image sources. There are also GeoTIFF images for height maps and the new 16 bit formats to mitigate quantization like TG2 and HF2 as well as 16 bit PNGs. Theres also GIF's for doing animations and image magick also does movie formats like mpeg and mjpeg. JPEG2000 has incredible compression but its loaded with patents so its not well supported. Format conversion is a chore but given that its necessary now and again its nice to have something that will do them all so you don't have to struggle with them.

Edit -- Actually I could add svg, pdf and icon files too to my list.

cniemira
02-12-2008, 04:53 PM
Okay, I know I'm not completely computer literate, but can anyone tell me why I would want to convert file formats? Is this a specialized activity most users would never need/use? If this is a dumb question, I'm sorry--just curious.

About the only real use I can think of is recovering old graphics, or converting obscure/proprietary formats into something more modern/portable.

Personally, I don't think I'd ever have a need to turn something into BIE or an MRW or whatever.

MGCJerry
02-24-2008, 12:37 PM
Okay, I know I'm not completely computer literate, but can anyone tell me why I would want to convert file formats? Is this a specialized activity most users would never need/use? If this is a dumb question, I'm sorry--just curious.

I interact with a large number of file formats with all the applications I use. However, for general web-based usage here's what I use.

GIF = simple animatics,transparent icons, images with few numbers of colors, maps
JPG = main image format for graphics
PNG = general usage with more advanced transparency capabilities (alpha channel)

For saving final photos, I go with JPG with no compression. However, if I'm working on an image I stick with a lossless format like BMP or TIFF.

Most normal computer users have no need for a large number of image formats. But once you start getting into graphics (both raster and vector) you will encounter a number of image formats simply for the fact of their overall capabilities.

Midgardsormr
02-24-2008, 12:59 PM
In my former capacity as a church technical director, one of my jobs was to coordinate publications for inter-church events that we hosted. I'd receive promotional material from a variety of sources and be tasked with helping to produce event signage and advertising. I would often receive materials in a wide variety of formats and have to convert it to something useable.

Of course, sometimes what I received was just plain useless. A 95px X 100px compressed jpeg portrait of a preacher just isn't very useful for printing posters, no matter what the secretaries think. "Yes, it looks great on their website, but it won't work for the posters. See if they'll send you the original."