Will the Future of Digital Images Be Open?
The OpenRaw Working Group launches a Web site to work for open documentation of all Raw file formats.The OpenRaw Working Group has launched a Web site, www.openraw.org, to promote open documentation of Raw file formats. Juergen Specht, a Japan-based photographer who is spearheading the OpenRaw group, used the analogy of baking a cake to describe what the public documentation of the format would mean in the future.
"The file formats are just the ingredients, and the final result is a cake [the image]. The OpenRaw workgroup does not want the camera makers to publish their recipe [the algorithms they use to convert their Raw file into an image], just the ingredients. With this knowledge, everybody can bake a cake [create an image from a Raw file format], but there is more than one way to do it," said Specht.