Posted by: Anonymous
on January 07, 2008 12:10 PM
Excellent article. My father is a typesetter, and was when Kodak introduced PhotoCD - back in those days, Kodak thought that the format was going to be adopted by consumers who wanted to look at photos on their TV. He was probably the first person to tell them that the market they should be targeting was print production, and the rest is history.
I often wondered what happened to PhotoCD, but I had no idea it was such a complicated specification, and I also was unaware that open-source software had such trouble with it. It has certainly raised my awareness of how proprietary formats can ultimately bite their user on the behind.