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Canon Raw CIFF Image (CRW) file is a RAW file type that is proprietary to older-model Canon digital cameras. (Newer Canon digital cameras use the CR2 format.) In terms of structure, CRW is similar to the TIFF file format. The benefit of a CRW is that it is an unprocessed image that contains all of the file’s information, as captured by the camera. To learn more about the technical details of CRW, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) offers a thorough explanation.
Since CRW is a proprietary file format for Canon, the best program to use to work with a CRW file is Canon’s Digital Photo Professional. Other great programs to consider are Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop. If you want to try a Microsoft product, such as Microsoft Windows Live Photo Gallery, then be sure to install the Microsoft Raw Image Extension.
As a RAW file format, CRW can convert to many different types of image files. You can use our free CRW to JPG or Image Converter tools to convert your CRW files. In addition, you can use Adobe DNG to convert CRW to DNG.
Developed by: Canon Inc.
Initial Release: 12 February 1997
Portable Network Graphics (PNG) is a raster-based file type that compresses images for portability. PNG images can have RGB or RGBA colors and support transparency, which makes them perfect for use in icons, or graphic designs. PNG also supports animations with better transparency (try our GIF to APNG). The benefits of using PNG are Plus, PNG is an open format that uses lossless compression.
Generally, PNG files will open in your operating system’s default image viewer. PNG files are also easily viewable on all web browsers. If you are having trouble opening PNG files, use our PNG to JPG, PNG to WebP, or PNG to BMP converters.
Alternative programs such as GIMP or Adobe Photoshop are useful for opening and editing PNG files. PNG files are a bit larger than other file types, so exercise caution when adding them to a web page. One interesting feature of PNG files is the ability to create transparency in the image, particularly a transparent background. To accomplish this, try this transparent background tool.
Developed by: PNG Development Group
Initial Release: 1 October 1996
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