Lifehacker: This Setting Turns Your iPhone Into a Professional Video Camera

Lifehacker: This Setting Turns Your iPhone Into a Professional Video Camera. “Normally, iPhones shoot in either HEVC or H.264 video formats. HEVC files are smaller and more compressed, while H.264 are larger but supported by more apps and platforms. However, in your iPhone’s camera settings menu, there’s a third format called ‘Apple ProRes,’ which offers better color and less compression for a crisper, more professional look. The catch is Apple ProRes videos can be up to 30 times larger than HEVC files, so they take up large portions of your phone and iCloud storage space.”

Library of Congress Blog: Even More Fun with File Formats!

Library of Congress Blog: Even More Fun with File Formats!. “As usual, we’ve been hard at work with our file format descriptions or (FDDs) which include many hours of technical research, fact checking and generally nerdy deep dives into format specifications and standards. For the first time, we’ve decided to publish our 2022-2023 workplan which lists format descriptions that are expected to be added to the site in the coming months. It is not definitive as sometimes priorities change but, instead, is an overall indication of planned work.”

NARA: NARA’s Digital Preservation Framework Goes Live as Linked Open Dataset

NARA: NARA’s Digital Preservation Framework Goes Live as Linked Open Dataset. “Beginning today, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is making its Digital Preservation Framework available as a Linked Open Dataset, a first for the agency…. The Digital Preservation Framework describes best practices for the preservation of 684 file formats, some dating back to the first transfers of electronic records to NARA 50 years ago.”

Chrome Unboxed: ChromeOS can now open 7z, ISO, RAR and many other newly supported archival formats

Chrome Unboxed: ChromeOS can now open 7z, ISO, RAR and many other newly supported archival formats. “Most notably among the above newly supported formats are ISO and 7z. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve already received 7-zip folders from others or transferred them myself (RAR is a thing of the past for me), and simply couldn’t open them. I think the more users see that ChromeOS can do what Windows can – at least for the basics, the more they will be willing to invest in it or integrate it as a part of their workflow.”

WIRED: How to Turn Any Document Into a PDF

WIRED: How to Turn Any Document Into a PDF . “PDFs remain ubiquitous and straightforward to use, and it’s not difficult to generate them from just about any app without expensive tools or complicated processes. If you want or need to deal in PDFs, follow the steps below to see what your options are, depending on the files and platforms you’re working with.”

Good E-Reader: The Amazon Kindle will support EPUB in late 2022

Good E-Reader: The Amazon Kindle will support EPUB in late 2022. “Amazon has announced that all of the modern Kindle e-readers will support the most popular ebook format in the world, EPUB. The company recently updated their Send to Kindle documentation and stated that it will add support for EPUB later this year. Send to Kindle will suspend the ability to load in MOBI, since it is an older file format and won’t support the newest Kindle features for documents. If you have MOBI books already on your Kindle, they will continue to be accessible. Amazon is also disabling to the ability to send AZW to the Kindle.”

Hongkiat: Best Tools to Convert HEIC to JPG

Hongkiat: Best Tools to Convert HEIC to JPG . “Currently, Android and Windows users have two options to view HEIC pictures. They may either install HEIC image reader tools or convert HEIC pictures to a common and widely used image format such as JPG. Once the HEIC images are converted to JPG format, they can easily be viewed on Android, Windows, or any other platform. Before jumping into the list of best tools to convert HEIC image format to JPG, let’s first define what HEIC image format is.”

MakeUseOf: The 5 Best Free Websites to Turn Your Photos to GIFs

MakeUseOf: The 5 Best Free Websites to Turn Your Photos to GIFs. “There are several useful things you can do with your photos. You can post them on popular social networks like Facebook and Instagram, or make a slideshow out of them, among others. Another cool thing you can do with your photos is to turn them into GIFs, and who doesn’t like GIFs. There are plenty of tools that you can use to turn your photos into GIFs.”

MakeUseOf: What Is an AI File? How to Open It Without Adobe Illustrator

MakeUseOf: What Is an AI File? How to Open It Without Adobe Illustrator. “The AI file is the most common type of vector image. It’s a proprietary Adobe Illustrator format, so it can be tricky to open AI files if you don’t have Illustrator. How you do it depends on what you want to do with it. Put simply, it’s easy to open an AI file just to view, but it’s less straightforward if you want to edit it. In this article, we’ll take a look at both scenarios.”

Best PDF merger tool of 2021: Free and paid, for Windows, Mac, Android and online (TechRadar)

TechRadar: Best PDF merger tool of 2021: Free and paid, for Windows, Mac, Android and online. “The best PDF merger tool makes it simple and easy to merge multiple PDF files into a single PDF file, or an otherwise smaller number of files. There are many situations in which you need to combine multiple PDFs into a single file. Maybe you’re sending multiple invoices to accounting and want to keep them bundled together. Maybe you’re collating several reports to send to a colleague. Or maybe you’ve printed multiple web pages to PDFs and need to join them together.”

Neowin: OpenDocument Format 1.3 becomes approved as an OASIS Standard format

Neowin: OpenDocument Format 1.3 becomes approved as an OASIS Standard format. “The Document Foundation, the body behind the popular LibreOffice suite, has announced that Open Document Format for Office Applications (ODF, also known as OpenDocument Format) 1.3 has been approved as an OASIS Standard after receiving 14 affirmative consents and no objections. With the standardisation of the format, other office suites, including Microsoft Office, can add support for the format according to defined specifications that boost compatibility between different suites.”