Mar 8, 2007

Photoshop gets HD Photo support

Source: CNET
Written by Stephen Shankland

LAS VEGAS–Microsoft announced a plug-in Wednesday that gives Adobe Systems’ widely used Photoshop the ability to read and write images stored in Microsoft’s HD Photo format.

The software, written by Pegasus Imaging and Microsoft with help from Adobe, is available in beta form for Windows users as a free download on Microsoft’s Web site. A version for PowerPC- and Intel-based Apple computers will be ready in about two weeks, and the final version should be done in April, Josh Weisberg, director of Microsoft’s digital imaging business development, said at a meeting here at the Photo Marketing Association trade show.

In addition, Weisberg said several hardware companies are building products with HD Photo support. Among them are Sunplus Technology and Novatek, Taiwanese companies that design image-processing sensors, and Ability Enterprise, a Taiwanese camera maker that licenses its designs to better-known brands.

Microsoft has spent years developing HD Photo and hopes it will eventually replace the ubiquitous JPEG. Weisberg believes the first cameras supporting HD Photo will arrive in 12 to 18 months.

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