JPG out? Web P the new JPG?

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JPG out? Web P the new JPG?
2 months ago

Worried about your images not being in a format the will be recognized in 100 years?

Well look out jpg. Web P has now been adopted by Google chrome, plug ins for IE and Android are available. It is faster and smaller. Supports lossless and lossy as well as transparency.

"WebP lossless images are 26% smaller in size compared to PNGs. WebP lossy images are 25-34% smaller in size compared to JPEG images at equivalent SSIM index. WebP supports lossless transparency (also known as alpha channel) with just 22% additional bytes. Transparency is also supported with lossy compression and typically provides 3x smaller file sizes compared to PNG when lossy compression is acceptable for the red/green/blue color channels."

https://developers.google.com/speed/webp/

While it may take some time to replace jpg because Adobe and Corel do not support the format and same for other photo editors smaller size will take up less space on your hard drives and faster transfer rates. JPG2000 promised some of the same things, and did a better job in compression but the reality is no on uses it.

WebP seems to be a good way to compress files for quicker transfer but may not be on the horizon for storing images for photographers.

Thing is jpg is dated and there are better compression algorithms including lossless ones so what. Will WebP be the next thing?

Who knows but I think that jpg, and raw formats will be around 100 years from now. To many independent photoeditor developers that support obscure formats and plugins now, it would appear that everyone will continue to support jpg and raw formats for the long time.

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