HD Photo Device Porting Kit 1.0

Development tools for implementing the HD Photo still image codec on non-Windows platforms and devices
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      HD Photo is a new file format for continuous-tone still images that surpasses the limitations of existing image formats. HD Photo supports a wide range of features including:

      • Multiple color formats for display or print
      • Fixed or floating point high dynamic range image encoding
      • Lossless or high quality lossy compression
      • Extremely efficient decoding for multiple resolutions and sub-regions
      • Minimal overhead for format conversion or transformations during decode

      HD Photo is the new name for Windows Media Photo. Both names refer to the exact same file format. The Windows Media Photo name is still used to describe the implementation of HD Photo in Microsoft Windows products.

      HD Photo is used in XML Paper Specification (XPS) to delivers a lightweight, high performance algorithm with a small memory footprint that enables practical, in-device encoding and decoding. It delivers compression quality comparable with JPEG-2000 and more than twice the quality of JPEG.

      Most technologies in the JPEG XR Standard are based on the HD Photo file format. The JPEG XR Standard is also known as the ISO/IEC Standard 29199-2 and as the ITU-T Recommendation T.832.

      This is the released 1.0 version of the device porting kit, required for implementing compatible HD Photo codecs for XPS products. This release of the HD Photo DPK is fully compatible with the version of HD Photo (Windows Media Photo) shipping with Windows Vista, Windows Image Component (WIC) and .NET Framework 3.0.

      The official JPEG XR reference codec software can be downloaded from the ITU-T at http://www.itu.int/rec/T-REC-T.835.
  • System Requirements
    Supported Operating System

    Windows Vista, Windows XP

      Windows XP or Windows Vista is required to install the Device Porting Kit. Once installed, the reference ANSI-C source code can be used on any platform or system with an ANSI-C compatible compiler and associated developement tools. An application capable of displaying or printing Microsoft Word compatible document files is required to access the specifications.
    • Download and run this setup package to install the source files, specification documents and other tools and utilities on a Windows system. Refer to the included ReadMe.txt file for additional information.
    • When installing this Device Porting Kit, you will be prompted to agree to the following End User License Agreement (EULA):



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      By using the software, you accept these terms. If you do not accept them, do not use the software.

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      1. INSTALLATION AND USE RIGHTS. You may install and use any number of copies of the software on your devices to design, develop and test your software or hardware product(s) or integrated circuit(s) that (i) are for use with applications that implement the Microsoft XML Paper Specifications, and (ii) that comply with and are compatible with the HD Photo 1.0 file format (a.k.a. the Windows Media Photo 1.0 file format) as defined in the specification(s) provided in the software (“Licensed Products”).

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      * You may distribute the Distributable Code in object code form as part of your Licensed Products.

      * You may include the Distributable Code or modified Distributable Code in source code form solely as a component of a reference design or development kit for third party device hardware. Your reference design or development kit must be protected by a license that prohibits further distribution of Distributable Code or modified Distributable Code, unless your licensee has obtained such distribution rights from Microsoft.

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