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Will You Be Able To View Your Photos In The Future?

by | Apr 9, 2015

A recent article in the Washington Post said that millennials do not want their baby boomer parents’ stuff. The article photo_albumdescribed millennials who are not as emotionally tied to their possessions as their parents and are more interested in collecting memories through the data and pictures stored on their Facebook and Instagram accounts. When their parents downsize and want to pass on their children’s school momentos and trophies, most millennials aren’t interested. It turns out that the generation where everybody gets a trophy doesn’t want those trophies after all; they would rather have a digital scan of a picture of their soccer team.

As millennials get older, the data and images that they hold dear will only increase as they reach life milestones such as getting married or having children. Now that we’ve entered an era where the precious and mundane moments in our lives are recorded and archived online, it becomes important that all of our images and files are safely stored. With the ability to automatically save your files to a cloud service like Dropbox, you can now store your data and images for future reference.

But what happens in future years and decades when file formats change? What do you do when the picture that you took in 2013 is no longer compatible with a modern picture viewer in 2030? How do you make sure that you will be able to view your images in the future? As file formats change, converting the pictures that you took in a now outdated format to the currently viewable file format will become vitally important.

Not too long ago, your browser needed the Flash plug-in to view a video. Then Apple decided not to support Flash so that their products did not have to rely on the Flash plug-in. Now, modern browsers and smart phones easily play videos without the need for Flash. This shows how quickly technology can change and what was needed just a short period of time ago to view your videos or pictures can easily become obsolete.

As file formats have progressed from WordPerfect to DOC to DOCX and from Lotus 1-2-3 to XLS to XLSX, Snowbound has kept ahead of changing file formats by easily converting to the latest version. Snowbound’s products can convert older proprietary file formats created by document management systems such as AFP to more ubiquitous formats such as TIFF or PDF. Similarly, you can convert your BMP and GIF images to JPEG to safely store for the future. Image conversion and viewing software like Snowbound’s products will help to keep up with the changing file formats to make sure that your images are viewable in years and decades to come.


Patty Morrison is the Senior Technical Writer at Snowbound Software. She has over 12 years of technical writing experience at technology and financial services companies such as Standard & Poor’s, IDX, and State Street Research. Her area of expertise lies in creating and maintaining user manuals and online help systems.