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    Post The mother of all picture format converters

    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_...outputType=GIF

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    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 :-

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            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

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    Yeah, between ImageMagick and Fred's Image Magick Scripts I'm pretty well set. It works on Mac OS X!

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    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.
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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pyrandon View Post
    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pyrandon View Post
    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.

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    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."
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