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Thorzdad
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Apr 13, 2024, 08:43 AM
 
Why would anyone save images as jfif instead of jpeg?

I was rummaging around an artist’s website, and noticed a lot of their images were jfif and not jpeg. I get that jfif incorporates some metadata stuff not found in jpeg, but I don’t understand what advantage there is in the real world. Happily, all you need to do is change the extension to jpg and you’re good to go.
     
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Apr 13, 2024, 10:48 AM
 
I've never heard of it. That makes me an old, right? Those kids and their new file extensions.
     
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Apr 13, 2024, 11:59 AM
 
Never heard of it either.

Colorspace metadata couldn’t hurt.
     
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Apr 13, 2024, 06:44 PM
 
Sure (he said, after looking up what a JFIF was), that format can be useful. But not widely useful, nor particularly practical for sharing.

If I’m going to save an image, and I want to save all of it, I’ll use some very large but effectively “complete” format, such as a RAW format, or TIFF. When I want to share it, I’ll use any of a number of tools to render the image in a way that is both accessible and that shows the image in the way I want (color corrections, specific colorspaces, etc.).

It really sounds like JFIF is a solution in search of a problem, or a tool that does something in essentially a completely new (but not necessarily better) way - well after other tools have established themselves as standards.

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