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November 18, 2011

Image Format Wars: Google adds Lossless and Transparency mode to WebP

Google has just announced the addition of two new features to its WebP imaging format: lossless compression and transparency mode. WebP's lossless compression promises significant savings over PNGs. More technical details on this at Google Code, along with a gallery of sample pictures for your pixel-peeping pleasure.

A long discussion on this is brewing at /. (Slashdot). (via Silicon Filter, via Techmeme).

The choice of the WebP name may be part of a grand master plan at Google, hoping that comedians around the world will make fun of "WebP", resulting in unprecedented viral promotion of the new format ;-)


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