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from kerunix Flan : We can safely avoid the GIF format. It's 256 colors only. it use unisys patent LZW (the good old patent used in the good old GIF expired, but unisys repatent'd it because of some "improvments" in the algorithm.). Unisys suddenly claimed they wanted royalties to encode GIF file, and just for that we shouldn't use it. source : License Information on GIF and Other LZW-based Technologies
- The last of the patents expired in October 2006. GIF is no longer patent encumbered. But PNG is still better. Keep in mind by recompressing the image to cache it you're trading CPU usage for disk space. Compression is usually a lot slower than decompression. Just storing uncompressed might be overall faster. In the end, we need to assume nothing and benchmark, benchmark, benchmark. Seg Baphomet 22:45, 23 March 2007 (PDT)
There appears to be support with APR for a portable interface to common databases, namely Berkely-DB and SQL. Dzonatas Sol 18:23, 23 March 2007 (PDT)
It would be useful to get stats on current and new hardware profiles from LL to get a sense of what people are using and where the focus should lie.
I can't find it in the spec, but i think this format give the warranty that images of a given size will always have the same file size. (without RLE of course). This may help for some optimization.
Additionaly, the "developper area" of the TGA file format could be used to store some usefull information.