Konica Minolta Photo Imaging Inc., Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd. and
Eastman Kodak Company, founding members of the former Picture Archiving
and Sharing Standard (Pass), today announced the Everplay standard
designed to ensure compatibility of digital photos and motion images
across a broad range of consumer products for future generations.
Methods to organize and preserve digital images have evolved
independently by many different companies and have lost
interoperability among the different systems. There are also potential
problems as time passes, systems evolve and formats change. The new
Everplay standard aims to resolve these issues and respond to
consumers needs to protect images and enjoy widespread
interoperability. The standard is designed to make it easy to implement
and uses XML next-generation language in its specification.
Konica Minolta, Fujifilm and Kodak will begin a free license program
immediately and call for the adoption of the Everplay standard by all
consumer digital imaging companies. The goal for products and services
is to use images interchangeably and movies ubiquitously while at the
same time, acknowledge the value for protecting consumers
By signing the licensing agreement, which is available on the Web site,
any company can acquire a royalty-free license to execute the
specification, use the trademarks and obtain rights to the patents
owned by the Everplay founders.
Further, the following tools will be provided at no cost: Software
development kit (SDK) v1.10 and Verifying tool v1.10. Details can be
obtained from http://www.Everplay-spec.org.
In concurrence with the completion of the standard, the new name
Everplay replaces Pass and
shall be used as an interchangeable name for the specification and
related communication. A trademark, Everplay, and
associated logo have been registered to help with future identification
of products and services compliant to the standard.