"Open RAW" Working Group announcement

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by Alan Browne, Apr 25, 2005.

  1. Alan Browne

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    Alan Browne, Apr 25, 2005
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    Owamanga Guest

    Eh? This will be a good resource for software developers. I'd like to
    see more RAW converters out there.... more choice = happy me.
     
    Owamanga, Apr 25, 2005
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    Let him answer for himself; your opinion noted.

    Cheers,
    Alan

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    Steve Guest

    Eh?

    Encore Encore!!!!
     
    Steve, Apr 25, 2005
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  7. From a practical standpoint, my primary OS is (Debian) GNU/Linux. I
    should be able to work in Linux as easily as in Windows to process
    photos that I took on my camera.

    It's also important that manufacturers understand the needs of all of
    its users. An organization or entity that proactively pursues open RAW
    formats can be a voice for users. It's important for users to have a
    voice to help influence the makers of products. It's beneficial for both
    users and manufacturers.

    From an idealogical standpoint, I believe in open software and open
    standards. I also participate in open software projects (mostly Perl
    related). I'm not fanatical about it, as I also believe in proprietary
    softare. The only time I get religous about it is when companies try to
    lock users in so that they don't have any alternatives. This isn't so
    much about software as it is about standards and formats. It's like
    someone coming along and making html files proprietary, saying you can
    only create them from X editor and you can only view them from Y
    browser. It limits users arbitrarily without any good reason. What if Y
    browser doesn't work on my OS? Now I have to switch OS or get an extra
    machine to run it... or find an alternative to html.

    Open standards also help to foster larger communities. Right now there
    are lots of applications that can read and process NEF RAW files, for
    example. Nikon users have plenty of options on most OS to process their
    photos. If Nikon starts encrypting parts of its files, it will limit
    those options. It takes away any investments users have made in
    purchasing or obtaining such applications, and learning to use them and
    to work in a certain way. Now users MUST change the way they do things
    because someone else says so. It's worse than if it had been a closed
    format from the beginning. It's always bad to take away from your users
    without really good reasons.

    There are undoubtably other good reasons and people who could voice them
    better than I. This is already starting to sound very religous, so I'll
    shutup now.

    Randy.
     
    Randy W. Sims, Apr 25, 2005
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  8. Alan Browne

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    Not at all. Your reasons seem generally well presented and not zealous.


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    Alan Browne, Apr 25, 2005
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    Tom Scales Guest

    Read this on another forum. If you're interested in the controversy, you
    need to read this webpage


    "Dave Coffin of DCRaw has decrypted the Nikon NEF white balance and has
    made it publicly available. What is interesting about it is that he
    says that Phase One, Foveon, Canon and Sony all encrypt their raw
    format. That makes the Adobe attack on Nikon appear to have a hidden
    agenda.

    http://www.cybercom.net/~dcoffin/dcraw/
    "
     
    Tom Scales, Apr 26, 2005
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