2001.10.05 18:58 "Re: OJPEG & Wang Images (long)", by Joris Van Damme
After reading your list of "features" for TIFF 7.0 - it dawned on me that you were pretty much describing PDF. Which is also what Adobe determined when they were looking at the potential futures for TIFF, and pretty much left TIFF to "rot on the vine".
Why would you want to take a nice multipage raster image format that can handle both "web" and "prepress" graphics and start hacking it up to turn it into something else. Especially when that something (PDF) is a publicly documented and well supported format, with numerous open source implementations.
I disagree on two points.
- I think such a TIFF 7.0 is the next logical step in the tiff story. The fact that such a beast ressembles PDF does not imply it is not.
- Adobe is indeed very 'open' about PDF. But the fact remains that it is a proprietary format, and the response of the community does show the difference.