The Rise and Fall of the IFF Format

Matt Barton's picture

AmigaAmigaWow, the Amiga news just keeps on rolling in today. Well, this isn't precisely Amiga news, even though that's the first thing that pops into my mind when I hear the word "IFF." IFF, or interchange file format, was developed by Electronic Arts in 1985 in its bid for world supremacy. It became a very important format on the Amiga platform for images of all sorts. Indeed, jpeg and gif support was a long time coming to the Amiga, which was a definite problem during the early days of the Web for Amigans. Anyway, IBM has published a very nice page about IFF, and makes a surprising and evocative claim: The Interchange File Format (IFF) standard is widely regarded as long dead, and indeed, no one uses it anymore, except that nearly everyone uses it sometimes.
Read on for more info! Link via OS News.


Bill Loguidice
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Joined: 12/31/1969
Shortly after getting an

Shortly after getting an Amiga 2000 on my recommendation, I remember my friend being very angry about getting the system since it didn't display GIF's correctly. He sold the system and got a PC. That was the last time I ever recommended the system on the flawed notion of my own brand preferences. If I'm ever asked to recommend a system, it's what I think would best fit the person's needs, be it something from Nintendo, Microsoft, Sony, Apple, etc.

By the way, it really is a great article.

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Mark Vergeer
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Joined: 01/16/2006
I recommend getting an intel Mac machine

iMac SphereiMac SphereLike the article a lot. Especially for an IBM one, they often tend to be boring in my opinion. As for recommending a computer system - I've made similar suggestions talking people into getting an Amiga etc. I've also recommended specific IBM compatible configurations in the past, sometimes even building them with a friend. I've strayed away from that a little. I'll recommend people to get a ready build machine and trweak that to their needs, but today I'd recommend anyone an intel Macintosh, with a little investment (buying an additional WIndowsXp liscense) one can have the best of both worlds. Unless one is a big high profile pc gamer that wants a 64bit AMD CPU with a quad SLI Nvidia graphicscard setup sucking away 300+ Watts of power whilst resembling a helicopter when it comes to the amount of dB's such a system will produce.

-= Mark Vergeer - Armchair Arcade editor =-


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