Digital Scholarship Blog: Collecting Emerging Formats. “The Emerging Formats project, started in 2017 by the British Library and the other five UK Legal Deposit Libraries, has been investigating the rise of new complex digital publications that could pose new challenges for libraries and other cultural institutions in terms of collection and preservation. In particular, this project has chosen to prioritise three formats: eBook mobile apps, web-based interactive narratives, and structured data.”
Genealogy’s Star: The Dangers of Using GEDCOM. “Even back in the time when GEDCOM was commonly used to transfer genealogical data between two programs, the process produced an ‘error’ file with information that could not be copied. Over time, the information that is not transferred has grown as programs implement features that are not supported by the old GEDCOM standard. I have discussed the use of GEDCOM or mentioned the problems associated with using GEDCOM to transfer genealogical data in at least 20 previous blog posts.”
ZDNet: Opening this image file grants hackers access to your Android phone. “Opening a cute cat meme or innocent landscape photo may seem harmless enough, but if it happens to be in a .PNG format, your Android device could be critically compromised due to a new attack. In Google’s Android security update for February, the tech giant’s advisory noted a critical vulnerability which exists in the Android operating system’s framework.”
Hongkiat: Complete Guide to Using WebP Image Format. “WebP, or unofficially pronounced as weppy, is an image format introduced by Google Developers around 5 years ago. if you are a web designer, or a developer who strives to reduce and optimize your image file size, what WebP is capable of should put a smile on your face.”
Make Tech Easier: JPG vs. PNG vs. GIF: The Differences Between Image File Formats. “A rose by any other name may smell as sweet, as Shakespeare says in Romeo and Juliet, but if you take a picture of that rose and save it as a JPEG with high compression, you may experience a decline in image quality. It’s no problem, though, since you also have the option to use PNG, TIFF, GIF, SVG, or even a new format like HEIC or WebP. Some of those formats would look great on the Capulet family newsletter, while others would fit in better on Romeo’s blog, so decoding these file types can be pretty useful.”
MakeUseOf: The Essential Ebook Converter Guide. “When it comes to ebooks there are more than a dozen common file types. And each of these has different strengths and is compatible with different ereaders. Which is why you might find yourself in need of an ebook converter. In this article, we’ll explain everything there is to know about converting ebooks.”
Hongkiat: Minify & Optimize JPG Images Online with Jpeg.io. “The free tool Jpeg.io lets anyone convert their existing images into optimized JPEG files without any software. You simply upload your images and the website does everything for you on the backend.” Decent overview of how it works.