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2006.04.20 20:27 "Re: TIFF + Group4 will last 10 years?", by <firstname.lastname@example.org>
On 19/04/06, Gerben Vos wrote: > Rui Castro wrote: > > > My question is, should i keep the compression or not? I'm not > > sure if in 2013 software that can deal with that compression > > scheme (Group4) is going to be supported or not; and if i keep > > the compression, should i use Group4 or another? > > Lots of documents are currently being archived every day around the > world using TIFF and Group 4, both in private business and government. > The Group 4 standard dates from 1984, and shows no sign of decline > in its use. The only real competitor at the moment, I think, is > JBIG, which hasn't really caught on yet. I'd use either Group 4 > or uncompressed; the latter of course has the advantage that you > have a better chance of recovery if the storage medium becomes > partially damaged, but you should decide yourself whether that's > worth the extra storage costs. > > I'm sure both TIFF and PDF will still be around too. I'd choose > TIFF myself, since it's an easier format to decode. I can second that - we do a lot of work for European aerospace companies and it is pretty much all (certainly all the b&w stuff) in either pdf + G4 or tiff + G4. At the end of the day, you can always store the entire G4 decompression scheme in a tag (OK, I know I am not worthy but wth!) and it will cost you a couple (OK maybe a few K) of hundred bytes per image. And that is if you are REALLY paranoid! Cheers Antoine -- This is where I should put some witty comment.