Microsoft’s PictureIt!, along with Live Picture’s LivePix, are the most revolutionary image editing packages to come along this year. They use FlashPix, a new format announced in June ’96, developed jointly by Eastman Kodak Company, Hewlett Packard Company, Live Picture Inc., and Microsoft Corporation.
With FlashPix, images are saved in a series of resolutions in the shape of an inverted pyramid. The lowest resolution is found at the bottom of the pyramid while the highest resolution is at the top. Users can quickly access and use images at the best usable resolution. In other words, when looking at a FlashPix image, a “monitor” resolution image will be displayed on the monitor for on-screen work. Yet, if a hard copy is required, the correct and necessary higher resolution FlashPix data is sent to the output device.