slightly (okay, seriously) cynical like me then when you read about an interesting new virus you probably silently wonder if it was created by one of the anti-virus software companies. So here we are, staring at yet another new graphical file format that’s emerging: JPEG 2000. Perhaps the only people who love receiving a .jp2 file as an email attachment are the friendly folks at Adobe who make money selling you software subscriptions for PhotoShop. The rest of us are stuck wondering how we can convert these into something useful.
Born out of the relative beaurocratic boredom of 2000, the Joint Photographic Experts Group wasn’t otherwise gainfully employed and—working with the Global Version-Ratcheting Consortium perhaps—decided that the Internet and email was working too well indeed and needed a sharp correction in order to put the balance of the marketing universe right again. And so they introduced new standardized filename extensions like
.jpx as well as mime types
image/jpx for your webserver.
Imaginary Interview With the Joint Photographic Experts Group
Q: So, um… why don’t you guys just suggest we use the PNG standard since it’s already well-supported and just trash JPG since it’s so lossy?
A: Ah, very good question indeed. That would have been an excellent solution of course if only the letters ‘P’, ‘N’ and ‘G’ somehow fit into our group’s name. And it doesn’t. So we had to mimic what PNG does, come up with some new file format and break the Internet.
Q: That’s kind of… stupid.
A: Yes, but we are the experts. See? It’s in our group’s name so you have to do what we say.
Q: You don’t, like, accept bribes from big software companies like Adobe, do you?
A: Every day. A Joint-Photographer’s gotta eat, right?
Fortunately, I’ve put together a handy/information support matrix for the JPEG 2000 file format for your convenience.
|Application Support for JPEG 2000|
|BAE Systems CoMPASS||No|
|Phase One Capture One||No|
|Chasys Draw IES||No|
|FastStone Image Viewer||No|
|Paint Shop Pro||No|
|Pixel image editor||No|