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Facebook Tries Out Google’s WebP Image Format, Upsets Users in the Process

In an attempt to speed up its sizable network and lower costs, Facebook recently decided to begin using Google’s WebP image format. The format was designed by Google as a smaller Web-based alternative for PNGs and JPEGs. WebP provides lossless and lossy compression, support for an alpha channel, support for animation and more — all at much smaller sizes and almost identical image quality.

But all of these advantages come at a price, support for the WebP image format outside of your browser is non-existent. Google set it up as a Web format that, for now, is only supported by the Chrome and Opera browsers. And so, after the switch, when Facebook users tried to download a funny photo or the vacation pics their friends decided to share through Facebook, they wound up with un-viewable WebP files.

A JPG image, weighing in at 443KB at full resolution

Much as this is a big win for the file format itself — nothing says “you’ve arrived” like Facebook picking you up — making the switch unannounced and upsetting its user base may not have been the best move on Facebook’s part. Still, if WebP isn’t your thing, there are a few options open to you.

Facebook only delivers the WebP format to you if you’re using a compatible browser, and not everyone with a compatible browser has even seen the switch yet. To check and see if you’re affected, open up Facebook in Chrome, right-click on one of your or your friend’s images, and go to “open image in new tab.” If the file extension is .webp, then you’re affected.

The same image in WebP format, weighing in at only 213KB (Note: the link is only viewable in Chrome or Opera)

Downloading that image will yield a file that can’t be handled by anything other than the Web browsers Chrome or Opera. So if you want to work around that and get your hands on the original JPEG, you’ll have to either find the same photo using Firefox, Safari, or IE; or, alternatively, Opera users can have their browser emulate IE.

The WebP file format is always evolving, and as more big companies begin to implement it, its limitations will inevitably have to be worked out. Hopefully that translates into support outside of the Web sometime soon. But until then, if you need to download some images off of Facebook, stick to Firefox, Safari or IE to avoid complications.

(via CNET)


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