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Tip: detecting graphic formats

Delphi Haven – If you’re storing an image in a blob field or the like, I guess it’s not uncommon to have another field that specifies the graphic type. Really though, there’s no need, since the common graphic formats (‘common’ in a Delphi context at least) all have distinct signatures that allow for their identification – Windows Bitmap (BMP): the ASCII characters ‘BM’. GIF: the three ASCII characters ‘GIF’. JPEG: a ‘new marker’ indicator ($FF) followed by a ‘start of image’ marker ($D8). PNG: in order, the following eight ASCII characters – #137, ‘P’, ‘N’, ‘G’, #13, #10, #26 and #10. TIFF: ‘II’ ...
Favorite? Off-Topic? CR @ 2011-01-22 16:51

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