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file format

The structure of a computer file. There are hundreds of different formats for data (databases, text, images, video, etc.). Software files are in the format of the hardware they run in (x86, POWER, ARM, etc.) and the operating system it runs under (Windows, Mac, Linux, etc.). Each format defines how the sequence of bits and bytes are laid out, with the text file being the simplest (see ASCII file). See native format, foreign format, graphics formats, record layout, codec examples and extension.
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According to BBC News, the UK National Archives, which holds 900 years of written material, has more than 580 terabytes of data--equal to 580,000 encyclopedias--in older file formats that are no longer commercially available, meaning all the information is not accessible.
The Library of Congress scans cartographic materials at 300 dots per inch (dpi) with tonal resolution of 24-bit color and saves files in TIFF non-compressed file format.
The new file format unifies conflicting RAW formats, enabling the preservation of a pristine version of the original RAW image and the metadata associated with it, and is flexible enough to allow manufacturers to add their own metadata fields.
3D file format beyond the initial value of access to native CAD data by allowing the creation of a data pack of design information containing multiple different document formats.
While the time-to-restore penalty imposed by tape-based backup and other linear secondary storage systems is well known, the full file format functionality is an even more important differentiator in establishing the ability of a backup system to enable users to quickly and easily reacquire data instead of the protracted downtime imposed by traditional data restoration processes.
CBEFF is described in detail in NISTIR 6529, Common Biometric Exchange File Format (CBEFF).
File format specifications that, in many cases, have never before been available outside the organizations that developed them.
The Bitmapped Graphics File Format A bitmapped image, like the one shown in Figure 1, consists of many tiny dots.
Besides GM's early support, JT also is becoming the CAD file format of choice at Ford Motor Co.
The file format, as defined in the internal format registry
Hardware and software technology, metadata capture, business processes used in file creation, and the intricacies of PDF make this file format right for certain applications while possibly inappropriate for others.