Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 18th Dec 2013 20:47 UTC
Apple

Apple today announced the all-new Mac Pro will be available to order starting Thursday, December 19. Redesigned from the inside out, the all-new Mac Pro features the latest Intel Xeon processors, dual workstation-class GPUs, PCIe-based flash storage and ultra-fast ECC memory.

This thing is so damn awesome. I don't need it, but I still want one.

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RE[2]: Comment by Fergy
by evert on Thu 19th Dec 2013 09:29 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Fergy"
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2005-07-06

Yeah. Strange thing is, they packed the already LZW compressed TIFF file in a ZIP container. My first thought: someone at Apple does not understand the TIFF format, compression, or both. But I was wrong:

6.4M MacPro_Back_Glow_PRINT.tif
5.3M MacPro_Back_Glow_PRINT.tif.zip

So although in theory LZW could offer better compression

In practice ZIP often has better compression:

http://havecamerawilltravel.com/photographer/tiff-image-compression...

So the conclusion that they don't understand TIFF compression that wel at Apple HQ stil stands. They should have used ZIP instead of LZW for their TIFF file.

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RE[3]: Comment by Fergy
by galvanash on Thu 19th Dec 2013 12:18 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Fergy"
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2006-01-25

So the conclusion that they don't understand TIFF compression that well at Apple HQ still stands. They should have used ZIP instead of LZW for their TIFF file.


Even though the tiff standard (really more of a de facto standard) has supported zip compression for over 10 years, lzw has been part of the standard for twice that long. Virtually anything that can read a tiff file supports lzw, but there is still quite a lot of libraries in use, even today, that don't understand or support zip compression.

Not everyone is running the latest greatest versions of software in the publishing world... Better to distribute a file you know everyone can read and compress it externally.

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