|Graphics and multimedia file types|
||How to process|
||Sound format for Apple Mac. Files are downloaded then played locally.
||Playable with LiveAudio plug-in which comes with Netscape Navigator 3.0 and higher. Playable in Internet Explorer 3.0+. Also Sound App (Mac) fromdownload.com.|
||ASF (Advanced Streaming Format) is Microsoft's streaming format. Can include audio, video, scripts, ActiveX controls, and HTML documents.
||Windows Media Player (included with Windows 98).|
||Sound format for Unix. Files are downloaded then played locally. Supports 8-bit sound only.
||Playable with LiveAudio plug-in which comes with Netscape Navigator 3.0 and higher. Internet Explorer 3.0+ supports .au MIME type.|
||AVI (audio/video interleaved), video file-type used by Video for Windows, Win '95's multimedia architecture
||Windows Media Player. Allows easy integration of Win Word documents and PowerPoint.|
||CorelDraw Products, Graphics Converter Pro|
|Windows Media Player. Allows easy integration of Win Word documents and PowerPoint.|
||Graphics compression format from Compuserve most suitable for line-art images.
||Viewable with Web browser or LView Pro (PC) or Gif Converter (Mac).|
||Compression standard particularly suitable for photographic images.
||Viewable with graphical Web browser, also Lview Pro and PolyView.|
|Actually a music definition language and communications protocol rather than a format, MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) contains instructions to perform particular commands
||LiveAudio plug-in for Netscape. Automatically playable with sound-enabled versions of Internet Explorer or with Media Player. Also Crescendo!, Yamaha's MIDPLUG. Midi players listed at www.aitech.ac.jp/~ckelly/midi/help/midi-players.html|
||Format for QuickTime movies.
||Sparkle, MoviePlayer (Mac), QuickTime for Windows.|
|(Motion Picture Experts Group). Widely used standard for digital compresssion of moving images. Files are played locally.
||MPEG viewers such as MPEGPlay, mtv-1.0, mtvp-sdk, QuickTime MPEG extension, HyperMPEG Player, XingMPEG Player (Windows), Sparkle (Mac). See a list of resources at MPEG.OR at www.mpeg.org/MPEG/MPEG-content.html for extensive list of pointers.|
||MPEG Audio Layer 3. Advanced compression technique for small near-CD-quality audio files
||Windows Media Player, Sonique.|
||PNG (Portable Network Graphics) is an extensible file format for faster images intended as a patent-free replacement for the GIF format.
||Supported by Internet Explorer 4.|
||QuickTime movie file type from Apple - files are played locally.
||Playable with QuickTime players such as Quicktime for Windows. Player is included in Netscape Navigator 3.0+.|
||QuickTime 3 - advanced compression format for video, audio, MIDI, animation, 3D, etc.
||Playable with QuickTime players.|
|.ra, .rm, .ram
||Real Audio, pioneering format for streaming audio on the Web optimised for low-to-medium speed connections.
||RealPlayer, Windows Media Player|
||Real Video, format for streaming video on the Web optimised for low-to-medium speed connections.
||RealPlayer,Windows Media Player|
||ShockWave Flash from Macromedia for delivery of graphics and animation on the Internet.
||ShockWave, Flash player.|
||High-resolution image format
||JPEGView (Mac) Lview Pro (PC)|
||VIVO format for compression of streaming video, particularly over low bandwidth.
||VRML (Virtual Reality Modelling Language), is an open standard for the definition of 3-dimensional environments used on the WWW.
||Simple VRML files can be created with a plain text editor, or for more complex model building, modelling software will probably be required. VRML files are viewed with a VRML helper application or browser plugin such as WorldView.|
||Windows sound format
||Playable with LiveAudio plug-in which comes with Netscape Navigator 3.0 and higher. Playable in Internet Explorer 3.0. Also with Windows Media Player (included with Windows 98).|