xcf vs ora (GIMP native format vs OpenRaster)

xcf is GIMP’s native format. It is layered, lossless and has weak compression.

ora is supposed to become the open format for layered raster images.

..a collaborative effort between the GIMP developers and Krita developers..

Unfortunately there are no command-line .ora converters and no .ora viewers. This means that a website or file viewer can’t automatically create previews and an artist will have to open the file in the editor to view it.

There seems to be a lack of xcf-viewers as well but at least there are command-line tools and imagemagick can read it as well.

Read the wikipedia pages on XCF and OpenRaster for more info, for example a list of supporting apps.

OpenRaster also has a create wiki page.

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One Response to xcf vs ora (GIMP native format vs OpenRaster)

  1. Dread Knight says:

    Good to know! Ora is also easier to remember and pronounce :D

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