On Tue, 31 Oct 2006 14:33:35 +0100, Pablo dAngelo wrote:
> Hi Daniel,
>> JD Smith twisted the bytes to say:
>> JD> Is there any freely available, open multi-layer format which both
>> the Gimp JD> and Photoshop can read/write, which PanoTools could
>> In 8 bit, the old Photoshop format is still open. in 16 bit we don't
>> really have any. We need to reverse engineer the new photoshop format
> But this will probably only work well with photoshop. also it probably
> contains tons of features that are not relevant for us, but might
> complicate matters. Is there a reliably import/conversion tool for
> photoshop files? I searched for one a few years ago, and all programs
> (gimp, imagemagick) I tried failed to read many images correctly (in the
> old psd format).
> I still believe that a simple text file, together with a script/action for
> photoshop and gimp is probably the easiest, and most compatible way to
> handle this situation. This will also work for hdr files and other file
> formats etc.
> There is already a script to load "uncropped" tiff_m files into a single
> multilayer gimp document: http://www.vierpi.de/tif2xcf.html
> Additionally this won't bring any conflict with Adobe (which seems to
> think that its file format needs to be closely guarded). Plus that way,
> nobody is forced to use photoshop.
The main issue is that Gimp can't edit this and then send the edited
version to disk in a manner that PanoTools can use. The only
workaround I've found is creating full-sized TIFFs for each layer
(using a script-fu). We really need a format which:
1. Gimp/Photoshop and others can read and write.
2. PanoTools can read and write.
3. Hugin can write.
4. Ideally, puts all image data together in one file with layers.
If this isn't possible (and it seems it isn't), the 2nd best approach
is probably cropped TIFFs with easy means to read and write from
PhotoShop, Gimp, Cinepaint, etc. Tiff2xcf lets you read them into
Gimp, but not write them out while preserving cropped-ness, and does
nothing for cinepaint. I'm not sure where Photoshop stands.
Cinepaint can write cropped TIFF and even multi-layer cropped TIFF, I
believe (if I've heard correctly).