Supported file formats in FotoWare Version 7.0 applications

XMP Metadata can be added to or changed in any file (format). When possible, the XMP metadata will be written into the file itself, otherwise it will be written to a ‘sidecar’ file with “.xmp” extension. The sidecar files are hidden from view in all FotoWare products but will be included in any file operation such as copy, move or delete.

The following file formats can be read and presented with a visual representation (thumbnail, preview or high resolution):

File format

Remark

JPEG

EXIF Header Read/Write

TIFF

EXIF Header Read

Photoshop PSD

 

Photoshop EPS

 

GIF

Animated GIF is treated as a movie

PNG

 

BMP

 

Nikon NEF

EXIF Header Read. See note 1 for more information

Canon CRW,CR2

EXIF Header Read. See note 2 for more information

DNG

EXIF Header Read

Other raw formats

See note 3 for more information

Video

See note 4 for more information

Targa

 

PPM

 

JPEG2000

 

PICT

 

Photo CD

Read (Windows only)

Adobe Illustrator (AI) 

 

Generic EPS

 

Adobe PDF

 

 

Remarks for FotoStation 7.0

File format

Remark

JPEG

Read/Write. EXIF Header Read/Write

TIFF

Read/Write. EXIF Header Read

Photoshop EPS

Read/Write

Video

Selectable thumbnail. Plays in grid. See note 4 for more information.

In archives created by FotoWare Index Manager 7.0 additional formats can be viewed. See Index Manager 7.0 Supported file formats for more information.

Audio files are supported via QuickTime and play in the thumbnail grid.

 

Remarks for Index Manager 7.0:

Any file (format) is able to store XMP Metadata either embedded or in a sidecar .xmp file. Metadata will be indexed for all indexed files. Both XMP and IPTC metadata is supported when available.

Note: The table below only contains formats with some kind of remark. Formats not included in the table are always supported with Metadata indexing. 

 

File format

Remark

JPEG

EXIF Header Read

TIFF

EXIF Header Read

Nikon NEF

EXIF Header Read

Canon CRW,CR2

EXIF Header Read

MS Word (DOC,DOCX,DOT,DOTX )

Text content indexed and preview generated. Microsoft Word required for docx format. See comment below for details.

MS PowerPoint (PPT,PPTX)

Text content indexed and preview generated. Microsoft PowerPoint required for pptx format. See comment below for details.

Adobe Indesign (INDD)

See comment below.

 

 

Generic EPS

Text content indexed and preview generated. See note below.

Adobe PDF

 

Adobe Illustrator (AI)

Text content indexed and preview generated.

 

Text content indexed and preview generated. See note below for more info.

 

 

 

 

InDesign Documents: Text content will be added to the Content preview field in the Metadata. This will cause the metadata to be updated and may create a sidecar file.

If FotoWare 6.0 client compatibility is enabled, image previews will be stored in the Macintosh resource of the file. The preview is accessible from Windows clients provided that the indexed files are stored on an NTFS file system. Macintosh clients can only see the preview when using the AFP file sharing protocol. Note that this is not the case when running in a native FotoWare 7.0 environment, where clients to not require physical access to the archived files and all thumbnails and previews are server using the FotoWare protocol (fwp).

Note on RTF documents: No thumbnail or preview is created for RTF files, nor is their content indexed and made searchable.

Office documents (Word and PowerPoint): Indexing of Office documents requires an installation of Microsoft Office on the server running Index Manager. If you run Index Manager on a Windows Server 2008 R2, you will need Microsoft Office 2010 (32 bit version required). With a Windows Server 2003, you can even use Microsoft Office 2007 (32-bit version only).Make sure you enable Windows Update for your Office installation as well to receive all critical updates and patches.

 

Special note for Adobe Illustrator files:
The support for Adobe Illustrator files has been improved in FotoWare 7.0. Index Manager and Color Factory supports content extraction for indexing and preview generation of Adobe Illustrator documents, provided support software is available on the server.

Files from different versions are handled differently due to variations of the Adobe Illustrator file formats:

  • Documents from version 8 and higher will be natively handled by FotoWare (requires enabling of the 'Create PDF Compatible File' option when saving the document). In this case, no additonal support software is required.
  • Documents from version 8 and higher that have been saved without the 'Create PDF Compatible File' can be handled if Adobe InDesign Server is available (support for this will be introduced in Service Release 2, release date will be announced later).
  • Documents from version 7 and lower will require Adobe Distiller Server or PSStill on the server.

EPS Vector support in FotoWare 7.0
 In order to support indexing of document content and generation of high-quality thumbnails and previews of EPS vector graphics in FotoWare 7.0, we support two options for our customers:

  • Adobe Distiller Server is used by Index Manager and Color Factory in the process to convert EPS files to PDF, which are then natively indexed by our applications. Adobe Distiller Server must be installed on each server where Color Factory and Index Manager work with EPS files. More information, license terms and prices can be obtained from Adobe Systems.
  • PStill will be used by Index Manager or Color Factory if Adobe Distiller is not found on the server. PStill can be licensed for server use, provided that a license is purchased for each user of the system. More information, license terms and prices can be obtained from PStill's web site.

Customers that need support for EPS vector graphics must purchase a license for one of the above mentioned applications and install them on the FotoWare server(s) that process these files.

 

InDesign support notes

With the latest releases of Adobe InDesign, users are prohibited from running these applications on a server by the Adobe licensing terms. In the current version of FotoWare 7.0 it is possible to use Adobe InDesign Server to index InDesign files. The license for Adobe InDesign server must be purchased separately.

Remarks for Color Factory 7.0:

File format

Remark

JPEG

Read/Write, EXIF Header Read/Write, Photoshop resource Read/Write

TIFF

Read/Write, EXIF Header Read, Photoshop resource Read/Write, 8 and 16 bits

Photoshop PSD

Read/Write, Layer information Read/Write, Photoshop resource Read/Write, 8 and 16 bits

Photoshop EPS

Read/Write, Photoshop resource Read/Write. DCS 1 and DCS 2

GIF

Read/Write, Only 8 bit Gif written, Transparency supported

PNG

Read/Write, 24 or 8 bits written.  Transparency and Alpha channel supported

BMP

Read/Write

PPM

Read/Write

Video

Conversion to animated Gif supported

MS Word (DOC,DOCX,DOT,DOTX)

Bitmap and preview generated. Requires MS Word 2003. Word 2007 required for dotx format.

MS PowerPoint (PPT,PPTX)

Bitmap and preview generated. Requires MS PowerPoint 2003. PowerPoint 2007 required for pptx format.

Adobe Indesign (INDD)

Bitmap and preview generated. Requires Adobe Indesign CS2.

Macromedia Freehand (FHnn)

Bitmap and preview generated. Requires Macromedia Freehand MX.

Generic EPS

Bitmap and preview generated. Requires Adobe Distiller Server or PStill.

Adobe PDF

 

Adobe Illustrator

Bitmap and preview generated.

 

See information listed in Index Manager section above.

Quark Xpress (QXD,QXP,QXT)

Bitmap and preview generated. Requires Quark XPress 5.0.


Note 1: Nikon NEF camera models
In Windows, the following models are supported:D1, D1X, D1H, D2X, D2Hs, D2H, D100, D70, D70s, D50, D200, D2Xs, D80, D40, D40X, D3, D300, D60, D700, D90, D3X, COOLPIX8700, COOLPIX8400, COOLPIX8800, COOLPIX5700, COOLPIX5400, COOLPIX5000
 
In Mac OS X, support depends on the OS version. The following URL lists models supported in 10.5.1 (Leopard):
http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=306835
The following URL lists models supported in 10.6 (Snow Leopard):
http://support.apple.com/kb/ht3825
 


Note 2: Canon CRW/CR2 camera models
In Windows, the following models are supported:
EOS-1D Mark II, EOS-1D Mark II N, EOS-1D Mark III, EOS-1Ds Mark II, EOS-1Ds Mark III, EOS 20D, EOS Kiss Digital N/350D/REBEL XT, EOS 30D, EOS Kiss Digital X/400D/REBEL Xti, EOS 40D, EOS DIGITAL REBEL, Xsi/450D/ Kiss X2, EOS DIGITAL REBEL XS/1000D/ KISS F, EOS 50D, EOS 5D, EOS 5D Mark II


In Mac OS X, support depends on the OS version. The following URL lists models supported in 10.5.1 (Leopard):
http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=306835

The following URL lists models supported in 10.6 (Snow Leopard):
http://support.apple.com/kb/ht3825
 


Note 3: Other RAW format camera models
Both in Windows and Mac OS X, DCRAW written by Dave Coffin is used for raw decoding of other formats.

A list of supported camera model can be found on this page:http://cybercom.net/~dcoffin/dcraw/


Note 4: Video formats in FotoWare 7 applications
FotoWare 7 applications support QuickTime, DirectShow and Flash video.
The following URL lists all formats natively supported in QuickTime: http://www.apple.com/quicktime/extending/components.html 
Note that MPEG-2 playback requires an extra plug-in that can be purchased from Apple.
 
IMPORTANT:

QuickTime and DirectShow are plug-in architectures, which means that you can install additional 3rd party codecs to allow playback and generation of thumbnails and previews.

FotoWeb supports playback of Flash video files as well as QuickTime files (.mov) and DirectShow compliant formats. However, since many video file types can be encoded using a number of different codecs, the local clients require the correct codec to allow playback. Hence, it is generally a good idea to transcode all video material on a public FotoWeb site to a format that most browsers support.

Expert
7/4/2013
7/4/2013