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vintage car The BPG -- Better Portable Graphics -- image format is of much better quality than traditional JPEG images, especially when heavily compressed, as shown above. The JPEG image on the left is severely pixelated compared with the much smoother BPG image on the right.
Photo by: Github/Fabrice Bellard

BPG Image Format Challenges Traditional JPEG

by / December 15, 2014

Fabrice Bellard, a French computer programmer, has created a rival to the JPEG -- an image standard established in March of 1991.

His new Better Portable Graphics (BPG) image format is of much better quality than traditional JPEG images, especially when heavily compressed. According to Bellard's website, BPG files are much smaller than JPEG for similar quality, and they are supported by most Web browsers with a small JavaScript decoder.

 

As seen in these photos, the JPEG images, on the left, are much more pixelated than the BPG images of the same file size on the right.

As for whether BPG will take over as a successor to JPEG, there are some factors getting in the way. First, as Gizmag notes, the JPEG is doing a good enough job: "Designers are comfortable with using it online, it’s well understood, it’s supported pretty much everywhere, and Internet connections are becoming fast enough that image download times aren’t the issue they used to be."

To see the side-by-side comparisons for yourself, visit Bellard's gallery.