2008.07.02 18:47 "Re: [Tiff] BigTiff Support", by Edward Lam
Probably so. For libtiff 'alpha' and 'beta' seem like fairly meaningless terms. For example "3.9.0beta" is clearly better than the formal 3.8.2 release.
Even so, it would be good if it actually said on the website that implementation of the BigTIFF spec has been completed. I for one didn't touch 4.0 until beta because I didn't think it was worth my effort to do so earlier.
If people really want to see libtiff 4.0.0 formally released, they should give it a serious try and report their findings (good or bad).
I don't disagree with this. I'm just proposing that there is clearer messaging to that effect on the website.