Encyclopedia of

Graphics File Formats


Summaries and detailed descriptions of more than 100 file formats with sample images to download and demos to explore.


Software tools for manipulating, converting, and compressing graphics files on MS Windows, MS-DOS, OS/2, Macintosh, UNIX, and other platforms.


The GFF Home Page on the World Wide Web: updated info and links to specs, applications, and graphics archives on the Internet.

The Book

The complete text of the Encyclopedia of Graphics File Formats, with hypertext cross-references, index, and glossary.


The complete index of the terms and topics covered. Entries contain hypertext links to specific file formats, software tools, and the topics covered in the book.

Encyclopedia of Graphics File Formats, Second Edition

by James D. Murray and William vanRyper

Copyright © 1996, 1994 O'Reilly & Associates, Inc. All rights reserved. Produced in the United States of America.

Published by O'Reilly & Associates, Inc., 103 Morris Street, Suite A, Sebastopol, CA 95472

Editor: Deborah Russell
Production Editor: David Futato
Graphic Design: Edie Freedman
Software Development: Norman Walsh & Ken DeCanio
Printing History:
    July 1994: First Edition
    April 1996: Second Edition

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