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Graphics File Formats FAQ (Part 1 of 4): General Graphics Format Questions
Section - VI. Graphics File Resources

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ubject: 0. File Format Specifications FTP Archives and WWW Pages

The following anonymous FTP and WWW sites are known to archive file format
specifications and information. These documents may be official releases
of specifications by the creator/caretaker of the formats, or information
transcribed by people from various sources and released onto the net,
possibly without permission from the format's owner.

  ftp://avalon.viewpoint.com/pub/format_specs
  ftp://ftp.cc.monash.edu.au/pub/graphics.formats
  ftp://ftp.ncsa.uiuc.edu/misc/file.formats/graphics.formats
  ftp://ftp.std.com/obi/Standards/Graphics/Formats
  ftp://ftp.switch.ch/mirror/simtel/msdos/graphics/
  ftp://ftp.uu.net/doc/literary/obi/Standards/Graphics/Formats
  ftp://ftp.wustl.edu/doc/
  ftp://mirrors.aol.com/pub/pc_games/programming/
  ftp://peipa.essex.ac.uk/ipa/info/file.formats
  ftp://titan.cs.rice.edu/pubic/graphics/graphics.formats
  ftp://wuarchive.wustl.edu/graphics/graphics/mirrors/avalon/
  ftp://x2ftp.oulu.fi/pub/msdos/programming/formats

  http://ac.dal.ca/~dong/appen.html
  http://dao.gsfc.nasa.gov/data_stuff/dataFormats.html
  http://erau.db.erau.edu/~gonzalec/html/image.html
  http://killy.shinshu-u.ac.jp/mawatar/dv/develop.html
  http://sckb.ucssc.indiana.edu/kb/data/aamt.html
  http://speckle.ncsl.nist.gov/~lst/cgm_std.htm
  http://sslab.colorado.edu:2222/datastandards.html
  http://topaz.sensor.com/work/fmt/
  http://www.agocg.ac.uk:8080/agocg/cgm.html
  http://www.cica.indiana.edu/graphics/3D.objects.html
  http://www.cica.indiana.edu/graphics/image.formats.html
  http://www.dcs.ed.ac.uk/~mxr/gfx
  http://www.echo.lu/impact/oii/raster.html
  http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/oss/aisr/results/formats.html
  http://www.matisse.net/files/formats.html
  http://www.mcad.edu/guests/ericb/xplat.html
  http://www.mediatel.lu/mmedia/render/h_formats.html
  http://www.myo.inst.keio.ac.jp/FAQ/formats/image-formats.html
  http://www.pi.net/~ayr/filefor1.htm
  http://www.ru/gisa/english/cssitr/format/
  http://www.soften.ktu.lt/~marius/graphics.html
  http://www.tnt.uni-hannover.de/data/info/www/tnt/soft/sci/sig/image/fileformats/overview.html
  http://www.tnt.uni-hannover.de/data/info/www/tnt/soft/sci/vis/compgraph/fileformats/overview.html
  http://www.w3.org/hypertext/WWW/Graphics/Overview.html
  http://www-ocean.tamu.edu/~baum/graphics-formats.html

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ubject: 1. Graphics and Image File FTP Archives and WWW Pages

The following anonymous FTP sites are known to archive image, graphics,
and multimedia files and information:

  ftp://ames.arc.nasa.gov/pub/
    NASA/Ames Archives. Space images in GIF format.

  ftp://amiga.physik.unizh.ch/amiga/gfx/
    VistaPro graphics

  ftp://asterix.inescn.pt/pub/PC/
    FLI and FLC animations

  ftp://ftp.catt.ncsu.edu/pub/
    FLIC and QuickTime movies and many GIF and JPG images
      
  ftp://ftp.cnam.fr/Fractals/
    Fractal animation files

  ftp://edcftp.cr.usgs.gov/pub/data/DEM/250
  ftp://edcftp.cr.usgs.gov/pub/data/DLG/{2M,100K}
    Digital Elevation Model (DEM) and Digital Line Graph (DLG) archives

  ftp://ftp.photodex.com/PNG/images
    PNG images

  ftp://ftp.povray.org/pub/povray/images
  ftp://ftp.povray.org/pub/povray/scenes
    GIF, JPEG, and POV scene files rendered using PovRAY

  ftp://ftp.sdsc.edu/pub/sdsc/images
  ftp://ftp.sdsc.edupub/sdsc/sound
    San Diego Supercomputer Center sound and image file archives

  ftp://ftp.sunet.se/pub/
  ftp://ftp.sunet.se/pub/
    MPEG, JPEG, FLC, HDF, AF, VR, and GIF files.
    Also /pub/pictures and /pub/comics contain many images

  ftp://ftp.tcp.com/pub/
  ftp://ftp.tcp.com/pub/anime-manga/
    Animation and multimedia files in MPEG, QuickTime, AVI, and FLI formats

  ftp://ftp.netcom.com://pub/sjledet/illustrator/
    Adobe Illustrator resources and tips

  ftp://omicron.cs.unc.edu/pub/softlab/
    MRI and CT scan volume data of human anatomy

  ftp://photo1.si.edu/images
    Smithsonian Institution photoimage archives

  ftp://ftp.povray.org
    POV animation files

  ftp://src.doc.ic.ac.uk:/pub/packages/faces
    USENIX faces archive (contains thousands of different faces)

  ftp://ftp.uni-erlangen.de/pub/pictures/mpeg/LOCAL/RedsNightmare.tar
    Red's Nightmare (a ray-traced animation)

  ftp://ftp.univ-rennes1.fr/Images/ASTRO/
    Space animation files

  ftp://ftp.wustl.edu/pub/aminet/gfx/
    Various Amiga anims (also on other aminet sites)

  ftp://ftp.wustl.edu/multimedia/images/
    GIF and JPEG files

  ftp://nic.funet.fi/pub/graphics/misc/test-images/
    JBIG, CCITT, and other test images

  ftp://ftp.povray.org/pub/povray/Official/
    POV-Ray Hall Of Fame ray tracing graphics archive

  ftp://pubinfo.jpl.nasa.gov/
    Space images in GIF format
 
  ftp://spectrum.xerox.com/pub/map/
  ftp://spectrum.xerox.compub/map/dlg
    Digital Elevation Model (DEM) and Digital Line Graph (DLG) archives

  ftp://src.doc.ic.ac.uk/gfx/
    Digital Elevation Model (DEM) and Digital Line Graph (DLG) archives

  ftp://sunsite.unc.edu/pub/multimedia/pictures
  ftp://sunsite.unc.edu/pub/multimedia/animation
    Graphics and MPEG file collection

  ftp://toybox.gsfc.nasa.gov/pub/images
    NASA images in GIF, JPEG, PostScript, Sun Raster, and X Bitmap formats

The following WWW sites are known to archive image, graphics, and
multimedia files:

  http://afrodite.lira.dist.unige.it/
    European Network of Excellence in Computer Vision

  http://archpropplan.auckland.ac.nz/People/Mat/gallery/animations.html
    Mat Carr's animations

  http://ccf.arc.nasa.gov/dx/
  http://ccf.arc.nasa.gov/galileo_probe/
    Galileo Mission to Jupiter Images

  http://www.cm.cf.ac.uk/Ray.Tracing/
    Links to many site with ray-traced graphics

  http://cui_www.unige.ch:80/OSG/MultimediaInfo/
    Index to Multimedia Information Resources

  http://found.cs.nyu.edu/
    NYU State Center for Advanced Technology
 
  http://fuzine.mt.cs.cmu.edu/im/informedia.html
    Informedia Digital Video Library Project

  http://jasper.ora.com:80/comp.fonts/Internet-Font-Archive/
    Internet Font Archive (IFA)

  http://mambo.ucsc.edu:80/psl/thant/thant.html
    Thant's Animation index

  http://netlab.itd.nrl.navy.mil/imaging.html
    Listings of imaging resources and archive sites

  http://www.povray.org/pub/povray/Official/
    POV-Ray Hall Of Fame ray tracing graphics archive

  http://scorch.doc.ic.ac.uk/~np2/multimedia/

  http://sunsite.unc.edu/louvre/about/tech.html
  http://mistral.enst.fr/louvre/about/tech.html
    WebLouvre - Using and troubleshooting the web

  http://the-tech.mit.edu/KPT/
    Kai's Power Tips and Tricks for Photoshop

  http://w3.eeb.ele.tue.nl/mpeg/index.html
    Various MPEG animations

  http://web.msi.umn.edu/WWW/SciVis/umnscivis.html
    Scientific visualization and graphics

  http://www.cs.purdue.edu/homes/gwp/dtp/dtp.html
    DTP Internet Jumplist. Links to many desktop publishing pages.

  http://www.cs.ubc.ca/nest/imager/imager.html
    MPEG animations done using hierarchical b-splines

  http://www.demon.co.uk/
    Demon Internet 

  http://www.dfrc.nasa.gov/PhotoServer/photoServer.html
    NASA Dryden Research Aircraft Photo Archive

  http://www.infomedia.com:8600
    Liquid Mercury's new WWW Site designed for "New Media" professionals.
    Current industry data and product profiles. Email: info@infomedia.com

  http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/galileo/
    Galileo Mission to Jupiter Images

  http://www.kodak.com/digitalImages/samples/samples.shtml
    Kodak Sample Digital Images archive
             
  http://www.kodak.com/digitalImaging/cyberScene/sites.shtml
    Kodak Image Archive Sites

  http://www.lightside.com/~dani/cgi/images-index.html
    3DWEB - World Wide Web site for 3D Computer Graphics

  http://www.picker.com/pgw
    Picker Graphic Workstations

  http://www.sd.tgs.com/~template
    Web3D - World Wide Web site for 3D Graphics

  http://www.seas.gwu.edu/faculty/musgrave/art_gallery.html
    A gallery collection of fractal artwork by Ken Musgrave

  http://www.state51.co.uk/state51/
    State51 Interactive Media

  http://www.viewpoint.com
    Large collection of 3D models

  http://www.webcity.co.jp/info/andoh/vrml/geom_trans.html
    VRML Repository

  http://www.wimsey.com/PhotoModeler/
    Many links to 3D Technology topics

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ubject: 2. Internet Mailing Lists for Graphics and Imaging

This section contains a listing of Internet mailing lists that often
contain discussions and information on graphics and image file formats.
Mailing lists are a good alternative form of communication for those
netters that do not have Usenet access.

  agocg-ip@mailbase.ac.uk
    Discussion of all aspects of image processing. To subscribe:
    send an email message to mailbase@mailbase.ac.uk with the body
    "join agocg-ip yourfirstname yourlastname".

  digvid-l@ucdavis.edu
    Discussion of digital video, mostly of the desktop variety.
    To subscribe: send an email message to listserv@ucdavis.edu
    with the body: "subscribe digvid-l yourfirstname yourlastname".

  geotiff@tazboy.jpl.nasa.gov.
    Discussion regarding the establishment of a set of TIFF tags for
    storing geographic map projection information, such as UTM zones,
    Lambert Standard parallels, etc. Participants include
    representatives from SPOT, Intergraph, ERDAS, ESRI, and USGS. To
    subscribe: send an email message to geotiff-request@tazboy.jpl.nasa.gov.

  graphuk@cs.man.ac.uk
    GraphUK mailing list. Discussion of graphics systems such as PHIGS 
    and GKS, and training in the area of graphics. To subscribe: send an
    email message to graphuk-request@cs.man.ac.uk with the body "subscribe
    graphuk".

  illstrtr-l@netcom.com
    Adobe Illustrator mailing list. Discussion of the Adobe Illustrator 
    application and issues related to its use. To subscribe: send an email
    message to listserv@netcom.com with the body "subscribe illstrtr-l".

  info-ei@spie.org
    SPIE's Electronic Imaging Listserver. Discussion of electronic imaging.
    To subscribe: send an email message to info-ei-request@spie.org with
    the body "SUBSCRIBE INFO-EI". A complete listing of SPIE's online
    services may be obtained by sending email to info-optolink-request@spie.org
    with the word HELP in the message body.

  lexicor@lexicor.com
    Discussion of Atari computer graphics, hardware, software, programming,
    and formats for graphics and animation (2D and 3D). To subscribe: send
    an email message to lexicor-list-request@lexicor.com with the body
    "subscribe youremailaddress".

  listserv@info.kodak.com
    Information on the Kodak Photo-CD format. To subscribe: send an
    email message to listserv@info.kodak.com with the body:
    "INFO PHOTO-CD".

  listserv@soils.umn.edu
    NIH image processing discussion. To subscribe: send an email message
    to listserv@soils.umn.edu with the body "subscribe nih-image 
    yourfirstname yourlastname". You may seach past messages of this list
    by using http://rsb.info.nih.gov/nih-image/faq.html#Searching

  medimage@polygraf
    Medical imaging discussion. To subscribe: send an email message
    to listserv%polygraf.bitnet@mitvma.mit.edu with the body
    "subscribe medimage".

  nucmed@uwovax.uwo.ca
    Nuclear medicine and medical imaging discussion. To subscribe: 
    send an email message to nucmed-request@uwovax.uwo.ca with the
    body "subscribe nucmed".

  PhotoForum@listserver.isc.rit.edu
    Photographic and imaging discussions of aesthetics, processes
    instructional strategies, techniques, criticism, equipment, history,
    electronic imaging, ethics, and educational topics. To subscribe: send
    an email message to LISTSERV@LISTSERVER.ISC.RIT.EDU with the body
    "SUBSCRIBE PhotoForum yourfirstname yourlastname".

  pixel@essex.ac.uk
    British Machine Vision Association newsletter for machine vision,
    image processing, pattern recognition, remote sensing, etc. To
    subscribe: send an email message to pixel-request@essex.ac.uk.

  png-list@dworkin.wustl.edu     
  png-announce@dworkin.wustl.edu 
  png-implement@dworkin.wustl.edu
    PNG file format mailing lists. These lists contain a general discussion
    of PNG, announcements related to PNG, and discussions regarding PNG
    PNG implementation. To subscribe: send an email message to
    png-list-request@dworkin.wustl.edu with "help" in the body.

  ximage@expo.lcs.mit.edu
    Discussion of image processing using The X Window System. To 
    subscribe send an email message to ximage-request@expo.lcs.mit.edu
    with the body "subscribe ximage".

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ubject: 3. Books on Graphics File Formats

This section contains bibliographical listing of books containing
information on graphics file formats and closely related topics. This list
is alphabetized by title and information on how to order each book is
included where known.

And check out http://www.books.com and http://www.amazon.com to search for books using the Web.

  3D Graphics File Formats : A Programmer's Reference, Keith Rule,
    Addison-Wesley, 1996, ISBN 0-201488-35-3.

  The AutoCAD Database Book, F.H. Jones and L. Martin, Ventana Press,
    ISBN 0-940087-04-9. Order: 919.490.0062 voice.

  Bit-mapped graphics (2nd ed.), Steve Rimmer, Windcrest/McGraw-Hill
    1993. 484 pages.

  Bitmapped Graphics Programming in C++, Marv Luse, Addison Wesley 
    1993. ISBN 0-201632-09-8, $37.95 softcover and disk.

  CGM and CGI: Metafile and Interface Standards for Computer 
    Graphics, David B. Arnold and Peter R. Bono, Springer-Verlag
    1988. ISBN 3-540-18950-5, 279 pages.

  The CGM Handbook, Lofton R. Henderson and Anne M. Mumford,
    Academic Press 1993. ISBN 0-12-510560-6, $59.95 hardcover, 
    446 pages.

  Encyclopedia of Graphics File Formats, James D. Murray and 
    William vanRyper, 2nd ed., O'Reilly & Associates Inc. 1996.
    ISBN 1-56592-161-5, $79.95 softcover, 1154 pages.
    Order: order@ora.com, 800.998.9938 voice, 707.829.014 fax.
    Visit http://www.ora.com/www/item/gffcd.html for more information.

  File Formats for Popular PC Software: A Programmer's Reference,
    Walden, Jeff, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 1986. ISBN 0-471-83671-0, 
    287 pages.

  File Formats on the Internet: A Guide for PC Users, Allison B. Zhang,
    Special Libraries Assn., 1996, ISBN: 0-871114-41-0.

  File Format Handbook, Allen G. Taylor, Microtrend Books 1992.

  The File Format Handbook, Guenter Born, International Thomson Computer
    Press 1995. ISBN 1-850-32128-0, 1-85032-117-5, $79.95 hardcover,
    1274 pages. Order: sales@clbooks.com, http://www.clbooks.com

  Graphical Treasures on the Internet, Bridget Mintz Testa, AP Profesional.
    ISBN 0-12-685375-4, $29.95US softcover, 428 pages.
    Order: mailto:app@acad.com or http://www.apnet.com/approfessional

  Graphics File Formats (2nd ed.), David C. Kay and John R. Levine, 
    Windcrest Books/McGraw-Hill 1995. ISBN 0-07-034025-0, $26.95 
    softcover, 476 pages.
    Order: Tab Software Department, Blue Ridge Summit, PA 17294-0850.

  Graphics File Formats: Reference and Guide, C. Wayne Brown and 
    Barry J. Shepherd, Manning Publications 1994.

  The Graphic File Toolkit: Converting and Using Graphic Files,
    Steve Rimmer, Addison-Wesley, 1992. 335 pages.

  High-Resolution Graphics Display Systems, Jon Peddie,
    Windcrest Books/McGraw-Hill 1994. ISBN 0-8306-4292-7, 
    ISBN 0-8306-4291-9 $34.95 softcover

  Inside Windows File Formats, Tom Swan, Sams Publishing 1993.
    ISBN 0-672-30338-8 $24.95 softcover, 337 pages and 1 disk (3.5 in.).               
    Order: Sams Publishing, 2201 West 103rd Street, Indianapolis,
    IN 46290

  Internet File Formats, Tim Kientzle, The Coriolis Group 1995.
    ISBN 1-883577-56-X $39.99 softcover, 398 pages and one CD.
    Order: 7339 E. Acoma Drive, Suite 7, Scottsdale, AZ 85260.
    800.410.0192, 602.483.0192

  The Internet Voyeur, Jim Howard, Sybex, 1995. ISBN 0-7821-1655-8.
    369 pages, $19.99 softcover + PC/Windows disk. More info at
    http://infolane.com/infolane/deej/voyeur.html

  More File Formats for Popular PC Software: A Programmer's Reference,
    Jeff Walden, John Wiley and Sons 1987. 369 pages.

  Multimedia File Formats on the Internet: A Beginner's Guide for PC Users,
    Allison Zhang, Special Libraries Association 1995.

  PC File Formats & Conversions, Ralf Kussmann, Abacus 1990. 287 pages
    and 1 disk (5.25 in.).
    
  PC Graphics with GKS, P.R. Bono, J.L. Encarnacao and W.R. Herzner,
    Prentice-Hall 1990.

  PostScript Language Reference Manual, Adobe Systems Inc. (2nd ed.), 
    Ed Taft and Jeff Walden, Addison-Wesley 1990.

  The Programmer's PC Sourcebook, Thom Hogan, Microsoft Press, 1988.

  Programming for Graphics Files in C and C++, by John R. Levine, 
    John Wiley & Sons 1994. ISBN 0-471-59854-2, $29.95 softcover,
    494 pages. 

  Using Pcx Graphics Files: The Programmer's Definitive Guide to Pcx
    File Formats, Roger Stevens, Miller Freeman, 1996, ISBN 0-879304-32-4.

  Windows Undocumented File Formats: Working Inside Windows 3.X and Win 95,
    Pete Davis, Miller Freeman, 1997, ISBN 0879304375. 

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ubject: 4. Magazine Articles on Graphics File Formats

This section contains bibliographical listings of periodicals containing
information on graphics file formats. This list is alphabetized by title.

  .mrb and .shg File Formats, Windows/DOS Developer's Journal, Pete Davis,
    February 1994 (Vol 5, No 4), pp. 37-46.

  The BMP File Format, Dr. Dobb's Journal, Marv Luse, #219 September
    1994 (Vol 19, Issue 10), pp. 18-22.

  The BMP File Format: Part I, Dr. Dobb's Journal, David Charlap, #228
    March 1995 (Vol. 20, Issue 3).

  The BMP File Format: Part II, Dr. Dobb's Journal, David Charlap, #229
    April 1995 (Vol. 20, Issue 4).

  Inside the RIFF Specification, Dr. Dobb's Journal, Hamish Hubbard, #219
    September 1994 (Vol 19, Issue 10), pp. 38-45.

  PCX Graphics, C Users Journal, Ian Ashdown, Vol 9, Num 8, August 1991,
    pp. 89-96.

  PNG: The Portable Network Graphic Format, Dr. Dobb's Journal, 
    Lee Daniel Crocker, #232 July 1995 (Vol 20, Issue 7), pp. 36-44.

  Portable Network Graphics, Web Techniques, Paul Atzberger and 
    Andrew Zolli, Vol 1. Issue 9, December 1996, pp. 65-70.

  Printing PCX Files, C Gazette, Marv Luse, Vol 5, Num 2, Winter 1990-91,
    pp. 11-22.

  Reading GIF Files, Dr. Dobb's Journal, Wilson MacGyver Liaw, #227 
    February 1995 (Vol 20, Issue 2), pp. 56-60.

  SPIFF: Still Picture Interchange File Format, Dr. Dobb's Journal, 
    James D. Murray, #249 July 1996 (Vol 21, Issue 7), pp. 34-41.
     
  TIFF File Format, C Gazette, James Murray, Vol 5, Num 2, Winter 1990-91,
    pp. 27-42.

  Translating PCX Files, Dr. Dobb's Journal, K. Quirk, Vol 14, Num 8, 
    August 1989, pp. 30-36, 105-108.

  Working with PCX files, Microcornucopia, Number 42, July-August 1988,
    p. 42.

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