Discovering AVIF: The Future of Image Formats
Imagine a world where images are not only of higher quality but also significantly smaller in file size. That's the vision brought to life by AVIF (AV1 Image Format), a groundbreaking open-source, royalty-free image format that promises to revolutionize the way we store and transmit images. Developed by the Alliance for Open Media (AOMedia), in collaboration with tech giants such as Google, Cisco, and Xiph.org, AVIF is built upon the keyframes of the cutting-edge AV1 video format. With companies like Netflix already noticing its superior image quality and reduced file size compared to traditional formats like JPEG, PNG, and WebP, AVIF is poised to reshape the landscape of digital imagery.
Introducing IrfanView: A Powerful and Versatile Image Viewer
Enter IrfanView, a lightweight and user-friendly Windows application that allows you to view, edit, organize, and convert various types of media files, including images, videos, and audio files. Since its first release in 1996, IrfanView has gained an avid following thanks to its speed, ease of use, and compatibility with a vast array of file formats. With IrfanView, you can effortlessly manage your entire media library, making it the perfect companion for creative enthusiasts and professionals alike.
Embracing AVIF with IrfanView
IrfanView now supports AVIF, bringing the revolutionary image format to the fingertips of its users. However, to harness the full potential of AVIF in IrfanView, you'll first need to install the 'Tools' plugin, which expands IrfanView's capabilities by adding support for formats like HEIF and AVIF, as well as additional functions and features. Keep in mind that converting images to AVIF is not supported by IrfanView, and make sure you have the Windows Extension for AVIF installed. For a handy guide on installing this extension, check out the instructions in our Windows tutorial.
How to Set Sail on Your AVIF Journey with IrfanView
- Install the Windows Extension for AVIF, as mentioned earlier.
- Download the IrfanView 'Tools' plugin from the official IrfanView website.
- Install the plugin by following the detailed instructions provided on the website.
- Launch IrfanView and open an AVIF file – you'll be amazed by the quality and precision of this pioneering image format.
The Future is AVIF: A New World of Digital Imagery
By supporting the highly-anticipated AVIF format, IrfanView plants its flag in the realm of cutting-edge image technology. With rapidly increasing interest and adoption, it's only a matter of time before this revolutionary format becomes the new standard in digital imagery. So why wait? Hop on board with IrfanView and AVIF, and be among the early adopters riding the wave of future image technology.