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    Default Re: Best converter for old fpx camera images?

    You didn't say where and in what form you obtained your source.

    As is typical nowadays...
    Github is a common place to obtain source.
    Clone the libfpx source and follow the instructions, looks basic (no need to ./configure unless you want something unusual)

    https://github.com/ImageMagick/libfp...master/INSTALL

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    Quote Originally Posted by tsu2 View Post
    You didn't say where and in what form you obtained your source.

    As is typical nowadays...
    Github is a common place to obtain source.
    Clone the libfpx source and follow the instructions, looks basic (no need to ./configure unless you want something unusual)

    https://github.com/ImageMagick/libfp...master/INSTALL

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    Hi Tsu,
    Sorry I didn't confirm but I did the libfpx library from the github site to which you refer and I have built and installed it without any problems. Sadly I have not done so well with ImageMagick but have to leave it now until the weekend. Too much work on here.
    Many thanks for your support.
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    Default Re: Best converter for old fpx camera images?

    FYI
    There are plenty of solutions,
    Including free online converters...

    https://www.google.com/search?q=fpx+to+jpg

    Although I'm always up to trying to make something work, if you're more interested in the practical, "it just works" option, there are many to choose from

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    Quote Originally Posted by tsu2 View Post
    FYI
    There are plenty of solutions,
    Including free online converters...

    https://www.google.com/search?q=fpx+to+jpg

    Although I'm always up to trying to make something work, if you're more interested in the practical, "it just works" option, there are many to choose from

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    I understand and thanks. I did of course search both on Linux and the dark side and many fall down with the .fpx format. Others are only available in older windoze OSs in 32 bit and sadly I have thrown most of the old stuff away so I am rather enjoying the challenge and learning experience.

    PS. Your message on email prompted an an interesting experience. In the email of your previous post, the message reads:-

    As is typical nowadays...
    Github is a common place to obtain source.
    Clone the libfgx source and follow the instructions, looks basic (no need to ./configure unless you want something unusual)
    In your previous post you will see the quotation is shown correctly as it appears on line. I wonder how the email became corrupted?

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    Just to wrap up this thread, I sought help from both ImageMagick and GraphicsMagick. The underlying problem is with the libfpx libraries which have not received much support and are now deprecated by some. This was not good news as my old fpx pictures are much wanted and I am sure others will be in the same position particularly as older operating systems are no longer available and 32 bit machines will no doubt follow.

    The advice I received is that the most recent work on libfpx was done for ImageMagick and I sourced the download for libfpx from github. I installed this and then built and installed GraphicsMagick (GM) with the libfpx libraries installed. The jpg libraries were within the default build so once installed this gave me what I needed. I was able to do all this on Tumbleweed and am not aware of any serious errors.

    Running GM to convert my .fpx files to jpg gave me reasonable images.
    For example a .fpx image which was shown as being 549.0 KiB converted to a file of 130.7 KiB. I assume this is an artefact from the multiple content of the .fpx format and will need to follow this up to understand more.

    The jpg picture image from the GM converted file, when viewed with gwenview, was shown with an Image Size of 1,024 x 1,535 (1.6MP). I suspect the quality is as good as I can expect from an ancient Kodak camera from 20 years ago. Hope this is of use to others and thanks for the support along the way.

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    Default Re: Best converter for old fpx camera images?

    fpx is supposed to be a bitmap format while a jpg is a vector-based graphic.
    So, just the conversion by itself would greatly decrease the file size, and that's before considering the possible jpg compression that might be set in your converter.

    Glad to hear of your success,
    IMO it should also have been possible to use an online service, typically online services don't require anything specific on your client computer.

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    Default Re: Best converter for old fpx camera images?

    Quote Originally Posted by tsu2 View Post
    fpx is supposed to be a bitmap format while a jpg is a vector-based graphic.
    Not correct. JPG files are compressed raster image files, and not vector-based format.
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    Quote Originally Posted by deano_ferrari View Post
    Not correct. JPG files are compressed raster image files, and not vector-based format.
    You're absolutely right.
    Don't know what I was thinking, of course SVG is the only commonly used vector based format and is well known for that.

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