[thelist] Why does BrowserCam show different colors?

Kelly Hallman khallman at wrack.org
Sat Feb 15 15:49:00 CST 2003

On Sat, 15 Feb 2003, John Witchel wrote:
> You are correct, the BMP format is the one to use for precise color
> analysis.  That format in browsercam.com is set to do 24-bit true color.  It
> is bit-for-bit literally what is sent to your screen for display and the
> only truely accurate screen capture.  They are large, but you get none of
> that lossy fuzzy quality jpeg sometimes produces.

Why don't you use 24-bit PNG?  Then you'd have the same features in a
format that is acceptable on the web ... with compression!!

BMP is a proprietary Microsoft file format.  I have not checked out the
BMP feature in the BrowserCam application nor do I have any data on what
browsers support BMP or PNG (though PNG is a web format, BMP not)..

In the past, however, I have noted unpredictable results when others have
linked BMP files.. not to mention they are uncompressed...

Anyhow, congrats on the system, it has generated quite a stir :)

Kelly Hallman

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