The TIFF LZW Compression Algorithm

Original Documentation

--- TIFF LZW Compression


		  This document describes an adaptive compression scheme for raster


		  Terry  A.   Welch,  "A   Technique  for   High  Performance  Data
		  Compression",  IEEE   Computer,  vol.   17  no.  6  (June  1984).
		  Describes the  basic Lempel-Ziv  & Welch  (LZW) algorithm.    The
		  author's goal  in the  article is  to describe  a  hardware-based
		  compressor that could be built into a disk controller or database
		  engine, and  used on  all types  of data.   There  is no specific
		  discussion of  raster images.    We  intend  to  give  sufficient
		  information in  this Appendix so that the article is not required


		  A compression  scheme with  the following  characteristics should
		  work well in a desktop publishing environment:

		  o    Must work well for images of any bit depth, including images
		  deeper than 8 bits per sample.
		  o    Must be effective:  an average compression ratio of at least
		  2:1 or  better.    And  it  must  have  a  reasonable  worst-case
		  behavior, in case something really strange is thrown at it.
		  o    Should  not  depend  on  small  variations  between  pixels.
		  Palette color  images tend  to contain  abrupt changes  in  index
		  values, due to common patterning and dithering techniques.  These
		  abrupt changes  do tend to be repetitive, however, and the scheme
		  should make use of this fact.
		  o    For images  generated by  paint programs,  the scheme should
		  not depend on a particular pattern width.  8x8 pixel patterns are
		  common now, but we should not assume that this situation will not
		  o    Must be  fast.   It should  not take  more than 5 seconds to
		  decompress a  100K byte  grayscale image on a 68020- or 386-based
		  computer.   Compression can  be slower,  but probably not by more
		  than a factor of 2 or 3.
		  o    The level  of implementation  complexity must be reasonable.
		  We would like something that can be implemented in no more than a
		  couple of  weeks  by  a competent  software  engineer  with  some
		  experience  in   image  processing.     The   compiled  code  for
		  compression and  decompression combined  should be  no more  than
		  about 10K.
		  o    Does not require floating point software or hardware.

		  The following  sections describe  an algorithm based on the "LZW"
		  (Lempel-Ziv & Welch) technique that meets the above requirements.
		  In addition  meeting our  requirements,  LZW  has  the  following

		  o    LZW is fully reversible.  All information is preserved.  But
		  if noise  or information  is removed  from an  image, perhaps  by
		  smoothing or  zeroing some  low-order bitplanes,  LZW  compresses
		  images to  a smaller  size.   Thus,   5-bit, 6-bit, or 7-bit data
		  masquerading as  8-bit data  compresses better  than  true  8-bit
		  data. Smooth  images also  compress better than noisy images, and
		  simple images compress better than complex images.
		  o    On a  68082- or  386-based computer,  LZW  software  can  be
		  written to  compress at  between 30K  and 80K  bytes per  second,
		  depending on image characteristics.  LZW decompression speeds are
		  typically about 50K bytes per second.
		  o    LZW works  well on  bilevel images,  too.   It always  beats
		  PackBits,  and   generally  ties   CCITT  1D  (Modified  Huffman)
		  compression, on our test images.  Tying CCITT 1D is impressive in
		  that LZW  seems to be considerably faster than CCITT 1D, at least
		  in our implementation.
		  o    Our implementation is written in C, and compiles to about 2K
		  bytes of object code each for the compressor and decompressor.
		  o    One of  the nice  things about  LZW is that it is used quite
		  widely in  other applications  such as  archival programs, and is
		  therefore more of a known quantity.

		  The Algorithm

		  Each strip  is compressed  independently.   We strongly recommend
		  that RowsPerStrip  be chosen  such that each strip contains about
		  8K bytes  before compression.   We  want to keep the strips small
		  enough so  that the  compressed and  uncompressed versions of the
		  strip can  be kept entirely in memory even on small machines, but
		  large enough to maintain nearly optimal compression ratios.

		  The LZW  algorithm is  based on  a translation  table, or  string
		  table, that  maps strings  of input  characters into  codes.  The
		  TIFF implementation  uses variable-length  codes, with  a maximum
		  code length of 12 bits.  This string table is different for every
		  strip, and,  remarkably, does  not need to be kept around for the
		  decompressor.     The  trick   is  to   make   the   decompressor
		  automatically build  the same  table as is built when compressing
		  the data.   We  use a  C-like pseudocode  to describe  the coding

			   Omega = the empty string;
			   for each character in the strip {
					K = GetNextCharacter();
					if Omega+K is in the string table {
						 Omega = Omega+K;  /* string concatenation */
					} else {
						 WriteCode (CodeFromString(Omega));
						 Omega = K;
			   } /* end of for loop */
			   WriteCode (CodeFromString(Omega));
			   WriteCode (EndOfInformation);

		  That's  it.    The  scheme  is  simple,  although  it  is  fairly
		  challenging  to  implement  efficiently.    But  we  need  a  few
		  explanations before we go on to decompression.

		  The  "characters"   that  make  up  the  LZW  strings  are  bytes
		  containing TIFF  uncompressed (Compression=1)  image data, in our
		  implementation.   For example,  if BitsPerSample is 4, each 8-bit
		  LZW character will contain two 4-bit pixels.  If BitsPerSample is
		  16, each 16-bit pixel will span two 8-bit LZW characters.

		  (It is  also possible to implement a version of LZW where the LZW
		  character depth equals BitsPerSample, as was described by Draft 2
		  of Revision  5.0.   But  there  is  a  major  problem  with  this
		  approach.   If BitsPerSample  is greater  than 11, we can not use
		  12-bit-maximum  codes,   so  that  the  resulting  LZW  table  is
		  unacceptably large.   Fortunately,  due to the adaptive nature of
		  LZW, we  do not  pay a  significant compression ratio penalty for
		  combining several  pixels into  one byte before compressing.  For
		  example, our  4-bit sample  images  compressed  about  3  percent
		  worse, and  our 1-bit  images compressed  about 5 percent better.
		  And it  is easier to write an LZW compressor that always uses the
		  same character  depth than  it is  to write  one which can handle
		  varying depths.)

		  We can  now describe  some of the routine and variable references
		  in our pseudocode:

		  InitializeStringTable() initializes  the string  table to contain
		  all possible  single-character strings.   There  are 256 of them,
		  numbered 0 through 255, since our characters are bytes.

		  WriteCode() writes  a code  to the output stream.  The first code
		  written is a Clear code, which is defined to be code #256.

		  Omega is our "prefix string."

		  GetNextCharacter() retrieves  the next  character value  from the
		  input stream.   This  will be number between 0 and 255, since our
		  characters are bytes.

		  The "+" signs indicate string concatenation.

		  AddTableEntry() adds a table entry.  (InitializeStringTable() has
		  already put  256 entries  in our table.  Each entry consists of a
		  single-character string, and its associated code value, which is,
		  in our  application, identical to the character itself.  That is,
		  the 0th  entry in  our table  consists of  the string  <0>,  with
		  corresponding code  value of  <0>, the  1st entry  in  the  table
		  consists of the string <1>, with corresponding code value of <1>,
		  ..., and  the 255th  entry in  our table  consists of  the string
		  <255>, with  corresponding code  value of  <255>.)   So the first
		  entry that  we add  to our  string table will be at position 256,
		  right?   Well, not  quite, since  we will reserve code #256 for a
		  special   "Clear"   code,   and   code   #257   for   a   special
		  "EndOfInformation" code  that we will write out at the end of the
		  strip.  So the first multiple-character entry added to the string
		  table will be at position 258.

		  Let's try  an example.   Suppose  we have  input data  that looks

		  Pixel 0:  <7>
		  Pixel 1:  <7>
		  Pixel 2:  <7>
		  Pixel 3:  <8>
		  Pixel 4:  <8>
		  Pixel 5:  <7>
		  Pixel 6:  <7>
		  Pixel 7:  <6>
		  Pixel 8:  <6>

		  First, we read Pixel 0 into K.  OmegaK is then simply <7>, since Omega is
		  the empty string at this point.  Is the string <7> already in the
		  string table?  Of course, since all single character strings were
		  put in the table by InitializeStringTable().  So set Omega equal to
		  <7>, and go to the top of the loop.

		  Read Pixel 1 into K.  Does OmegaK (<7><7>) exist in the string table?
		  No, so we get to do some real work.  We write the code associated
		  with Omega to output (write <7> to output), and add OmegaK (<7><7>) to
		  the table as entry 258.   Store K (<7>) into Omega.    Note  that
		  although we have added the string consisting of Pixel 0 and Pixel
		  1 to  the table, we "re-use" Pixel 1 as the beginning of the next

		  Back at the top of the loop.  We read Pixel 2 into K.  Does OmegaK
		  (<7><7>) exist  in the  string table?   Yes,  the entry  we  just
		  added, entry 258, contains exactly <7><7>.  So we just add K onto
		  the end of Omega, so that Omega is now <7><7>.

		  Back at the top of the loop.  We read Pixel 3 into K.  Does OmegaK
		  (<7><7><8>) exist  in the  string table?   No,  so write the code
		  associated with Omega (<258>) to output, and add OmegaK to the table as
		  entry 259.  Store K (<8>) into Omega.

		  Back at the top of the loop.  We read Pixel 4 into K.  Does OmegaK
		  (<8><8>) exist  in the  string table?   No,  so  write  the  code
		  associated with Omega (<8>) to output, and add OmegaK to the table as
		  entry 260.  Store K (<8>) into Omega.

		  Continuing, we get the following results:

			   After reading: We write to output: And add table entry:
			   Pixel 0
			   Pixel 1   <7>  258: <7><7>
			   Pixel 2
			   Pixel 3   <258>     259: <7><7><8>
			   Pixel 4   <8>  260: <8><8>
			   Pixel 5   <8>  261: <8><7>
			   Pixel 6
			   Pixel 7   <258>     262: <7><7><6>
			   Pixel 8   <6>  263: <6><6>

		  WriteCode() also  requires some  explanation.   The  output  code
		  stream,  <7><258><8><8><258><6>...  in  our  example,  should  be
		  written using as few bits as possible.  When we are just starting
		  out, we  can use  9-bit codes, since our new string table entries
		  are greater  than 255  but less  than 512.  But when we add table
		  entry 512,  we must  switch to 10-bit codes.  Likewise, we switch
		  to 11-bit  codes at  1024, and  12-bit codes  at 2048.   We  will
		  somewhat arbitrarily limit ourselves to 12-bit codes, so that our
		  table can  have at most 4096 entries.  If we push it any farther,
		  tables tend to get too large.

		  What happens  if we run out of room in our string table?  This is
		  where the afore-mentioned Clear code comes in.  As soon as we use
		  entry 4094, we write out a (12-bit) Clear code.   (If we wait any
		  dworder to  write the  Clear code,  the decompressor  might try to
		  interpret the  Clear code  as a 13-bit code.)  At this point, the
		  compressor re-initializes the string table and starts writing out
		  9-bit codes again.

		  Note that whenever you write a code and add a table entry, Omega is
		  not left  empty.   It contains exactly one character.  Be careful
		  not to  lose it  when you  write an end-of-table Clear code.  You
		  can either write it out as a 12-bit code before writing the Clear
		  code, in  which case  you will  want to  do it right after adding
		  table entry  4093, or  after the  clear code  as  a  9-bit  code.
		  Decompression gives the same result in either case.

		  To make  things a  little simpler  for the  decompressor, we will
		  require that  each strip  begins with a Clear code, and ends with
		  an EndOfInformation code.

		  Every LZW-compressed  strip must  begin on  a byte  boundary.  It
		  need not  begin on  a word  boundary.   LZW compression codes are
		  stored into  bytes in  high-to-low-order fashion, i.e., FillOrder
		  is assumed  to be  1.  The compressed codes are written as bytes,
		  not  words,  so  that  the  compressed  data  will  be  identical
		  regardless of whether it is an "II" or "MM" file.

		  Note that  the LZW string table is a continuously updated history
		  of the  strings that  have been encountered in the data.  It thus
		  reflects the characteristics of the data, providing a high degree
		  of adaptability.

		  LZW Decoding

		  The procedure for decompression is a little more complicated, but
		  still not too bad:

			   while ((Code = GetNextCode()) != EoiCode) {
					if (Code == ClearCode) {
						 Code = GetNextCode();
						 if (Code == EoiCode)
						 OldCode = Code;
					}  /* end of ClearCode case */

					else {
						 if (IsInTable(Code)) {
							  OldCode = Code;
						 } else {
							  OutString = StringFromCode(OldCode) +
							  OldCode = Code;
					} /* end of not-ClearCode case */
			   } /* end of while loop */

		  The function  GetNextCode() retrieves the next code from the LZW-
		  coded data.  It must keep track of bit boundaries.  It knows that
		  the first code that it gets will be a 9-bit code.  We add a table
		  entry each  time we get a code, so GetNextCode() must switch over
		  to 10-bit codes as soon as string #511 is stored into the table.

		  The function  StringFromCode() gets  the string associated with a
		  particular code from the string table.

		  The function  AddStringToTable() adds  a  string  to  the  string
		  table.   The "+"  sign joining  the two  parts of the argument to
		  AddStringToTable indicate string concatenation.

		  StringFromCode() looks  up the  string associated  with  a  given

		  WriteString() adds a string to the output stream.

		  When SamplesPerPixel Is Greater Than 1

		  We  have   so  far   described  the   compression  scheme  as  if
		  SamplesPerPixel were  always 1,  as will  be  be  the  case  with
		  palette color  and grayscale  images.  But what do we do with RGB
		  image data?

		  Tests on  our sample  images indicate  that the  LZW  compression
		  ratio    is    nearly    identical    regardless    of    whether
		  PlanarConfiguration=1 or  PlanarConfiguration=2, for  RGB images.
		  So use  whichever configuration  you prefer,  and simply compress
		  the bytes in the strip.

		  It is  worth cautioning  that compression  ratios on our test RGB
		  images were disappointing low: somewhere between 1.1 to 1 and 1.5
		  to 1,  depending on the image.  Vendors are urged to do what they
		  can to  remove as  much noise  from  their  images  as  possible.
		  Preliminary tests  indicate that significantly better compression
		  ratios are  possible with  less noisy  images.  Even something as
		  simple as  zeroing out one or two least-significant bitplanes may
		  be  quite   effective,  with   little  or  no  perceptible  image


		  The exact  structure of  the string  table and the method used to
		  determine if  a string  is already  in the table are probably the
		  most significant  design decisions in the implementation of a LZW
		  compressor and  decompressor.   Hashing has  been suggested  as a
		  useful technique for the compressor.  We have chosen a tree based
		  approach, with  good results.   The decompressor is actually more
		  straightforward,  as   well  as   faster,  since   no  search  is
		  involved - strings can be accessed directly by code value.


		  Many  people   do  not   realize  that  the  performance  of  any
		  compression scheme  depends greatly  on the type of data to which
		  it is  applied.   A scheme that works well on one data set may do
		  poorly on the next.

		  But since  we do  not want  to burden  the world  with  too  many
		  compression schemes, an adaptive scheme such as LZW that performs
		  quite well  on a wide range of images is very desirable.  LZW may
		  not always  give optimal  compression ratios,  but  its  adaptive
		  nature and relative simplicity seem to make it a good choice.

		  Experiments thus  far indicate  that we  can  expect  compression
		  ratios of  between 1.5  and 3.0  to 1  from LZW,  with no loss of
		  data, on  continuous tone  grayscale scanned  images.  If we zero
		  the least  significant one or two bitplanes of 8-bit data, higher
		  ratios can be achieved.  These bitplanes often consist chiefly of
		  noise, in  which case  little or no loss in image quality will be
		  perceived.   Palette color  images created  in  a  paint  program
		  generally compress  much  better  than  continuous  tone  scanned
		  images, since paint images tend to be more repetitive.  It is not
		  unusual to  achieve compression  ratios of 10 to 1 or better when
		  using LZW on palette color paint images.

		  By way  of comparison, PackBits, used in TIFF for black and white
		  bilevel images, does not do well on color paint images, much less
		  continuous tone  grayscale and  color images.  1.2 to 1 seemed to
		  be about average for 4-bit images, and 8-bit images are worse.

		  It has  been suggested that the CCITT 1D scheme could be used for
		  continuous tone  images, by compressing each bitplane separately.
		  No doubt  some  compression  could  be  achieved,  but  it  seems
		  unlikely that  a scheme  based on a fixed table that is optimized
		  for word  black runs  separated by  dworder white runs would be a
		  very good choice on any of the bitplanes.  It would do quite well
		  on the  high-order bitplanes  (but so would a simpler scheme like
		  PackBits), and  would do quite poorly on the low-order bitplanes.
		  We believe  that the  compression ratios  would generally  not be
		  very impressive, and the process would in addition be quite slow.
		  Splitting  the  pixels  into  bitplanes  and  putting  them  back
		  together is  somewhat expensive,  and the  coding is  also fairly
		  slow when implemented in software.

		  Another  approach   that  has  been  suggested  uses  uses  a  2D
		  differencing step  following by  coding the  differences using  a
		  fixed table  of variable-length codes.  This type of scheme works
		  quite well  on many  8-bit  grayscale  images,  and  is  probably
		  simpler  to  implement  than  LZW.    But  it  has  a  number  of
		  disadvantages when  used on  a wide variety of images.  First, it
		  is not  adaptive.   This makes  a big difference when compressing
		  data such as 8-bit images that have been "sharpened" using one of
		  the standard  techniques.  Such images tend to get larger instead
		  of smaller  when  compressed.    Another  disadvantage  of  these
		  schemes is  that they  do not  do well  with a  wide range of bit
		  depths.   The built-in  code table  has to  be  optimized  for  a
		  particular bit depth in order to be effective.

		  Finally,  we   should  mention   "lossy"   compression   schemes.
		  Extensive research  has been  done in  the area of lossy, or non-
		  information-preserving  image   compression.    These  techniques
		  generally yield  much  higher  compression  ratios  than  can  be
		  achieved  by   fully-reversible,   information-preserving   image
		  compression  techniques   such  as   PackBits  and   LZW.    Some
		  disadvantages:     many  of   the   lossy   techniques   are   so
		  computationally expensive  that hardware  assists  are  required.
		  Others  are  so  complicated  that  most  microcomputer  software
		  vendors could  not afford either the expense of implementation or
		  the increase  in  application  object  code  size.    Yet  others
		  sacrifice enough  image  quality  to  make  them  unsuitable  for
		  publishing use.

		  In spite  of these  difficulties, we  believe that there will one
		  day be  a standardized  lossy compression  scheme for  full color
		  images  that  will  be  usable  for  publishing  applications  on
		  microcomputers.   An International  Standards Organization group,
		  ISO/IEC/JTC1/SC2/WG8, in cooperation with CCITT Study Group VIII,
		  is hard at work on a scheme that might be appropriate.  We expect
		  that a  future revision of TIFF will incorporate this scheme once
		  it is  finalized, if it turns out to satisfy the needs of desktop
		  publishers and  others in the microcomputer community.  This will
		  augment, not replace, LZW as an approved TIFF compression scheme.
		  LZW will  very likely  remain the  scheme of  choice for  Palette
		  color images,  and perhaps  4-bit grayscale  images, and may well
		  overtake CCITT 1D and PackBits for bilevel images.

		  Future LZW Extensions

		  Some images  compress better  using LZW  coding if they are first
		  subjected to  a process  wherein each  pixel value is replaced by
		  the  difference  between  the  pixel  and  the  preceding  pixel.
		  Performing this  differencing in two dimensions helps some images
		  even more.  However, many images do not compress better with this
		  extra preprocessing,  and for a significant number of images, the
		  compression ratio is actually worse.  We are therefore not making
		  differencing an integral part of the TIFF LZW compression scheme.

		  However,  it   is  possible   that  a   "prediction"  stage  like
		  differencing may  exist which  is effective over a broad range of
		  images.  If such a scheme is found, it may be incorporated in the
		  next major TIFF revision.  If so, a new value will be defined for
		  the new  "Predictor" TIFF  tag.  Therefore, all TIFF readers that
		  read LZW files must pay attention to the Predictor tag.  If it is
		  1, which  is the  default case,  LZW  decompression  may  proceed
		  safely.   If it  is not  1, and the reader does not recognize the
		  specified prediction scheme, the reader should give up.


		  The original  LZW reference  has already  been given.  The use of
		  ClearCode as a technique to handle overflow was borrowed from the
		  compression scheme used by the Graphics Interchange Format (GIF),
		  a small-color-paint-image-file  format used  by  CompuServe  that
		  also is an adaptation of the LZW technique.  Joff Morgan and Eric
		  Robinson of  Aldus were  each instrumental  in their  own way  in
		  getting LZW off the ground.

		  The TIFF predictor algorithm

		  The idea  is to  make use  of the  fact that many continuous tone
		  images rarely  vary much  in pixel  value from  one pixel  to the
		  next.   In such  images,  if  we  replace  the  pixel  values  by
		  differences between  consecutive pixels,  many of the differences
		  should be  0, plus  or minus  1, and  so on.   This  reduces  the
		  apparent information  content, and  thus allows LZW to encode the
		  data more compactly.

		  Assuming 8-bit  grayscale  pixels  for  the  moment,  a  basic  C
		  implementation might look something like this:

			   char image[ ][ ];
			   int  row, col;

			   /* take horizontal differences:
			   for (row = 0; row < nrows; row++)
					for (col = ncols - 1; col >= 1; col--)
						 image[row][col] -= image[row][col-1];

		  If we  don't have 8-bit samples, we need to work a little harder,
		  so that  we can make better use of the architecture of most CPUs.
		  Suppose we  have 4-bit  samples, packed  two to a byte, in normal
		  TIFF uncompressed  (i.e., Compression=1)  fashion.   In order  to
		  find differences,  we want to first expand each 4-bit sample into
		  an 8-bit  byte, so  that we  have one  sample per byte, low-order
		  justified.   We then  perform the  above horizontal differencing.
		  Once the  differencing has  been completed, we then repack the 4-
		  bit differences  two to  a  byte,  in  normal  TIFF  uncompressed

		  If the  samples are  greater than  8  bits  deep,  expanding  the
		  samples into  16-bit words  instead of 8-bit bytes seems like the
		  best way to perform the subtraction on most computers.

		  Note that we have not lost any data up to this point, nor will we
		  lose any  data later  on.   It  might  at  first  seem  that  our
		  differencing might  turn 8-bit samples into 9-bit differences, 4-
		  bit samples  into 5-bit differences, and so on.  But it turns out
		  that we  can completely  ignore the  "overflow"  bits  caused  by
		  subtracting a  larger number  from a  smaller  number  and  still
		  reverse the  process  without  error.    Normal  twos  complement
		  arithmetic does just what we want.  Try an example by hand if you
		  need more convincing.

		  Up  to  this  point  we  have  implicitly  assumed  that  we  are
		  compressing  bilevel   or  grayscale   images.     An  additional
		  consideration arises in the case of color images.

		  If PlanarConfiguration  is 2,  there is no problem.  Differencing
		  proceeds the same way as it would for grayscale data.

		  If  PlanarConfiguration  is  1,  however,  things  get  a  little
		  trickier.   If  we  didn't  do  anything  special,  we  would  be
		  subtracting red  sample values  from green  sample values,  green
		  sample values  from blue  sample values,  and blue  sample values
		  from red sample values, which would not give the LZW coding stage
		  much redundancy  to work  with.   So we  will do  our  horizontal
		  differences with  an offset  of SamplesPerPixel  (3, in  the  RGB
		  case).  In other words, we will subtract red from red, green from
		  green, and  blue from blue.  The LZW coding stage is identical to
		  the SamplesPerPixel=1 case.  We require that BitsPerSample be the
		  same for all 3 samples.

		  Results and guidelines

		  LZW without  differencing works  well  for  1-bit  images,  4-bit
		  grayscale images, and synthetic color images.  But natural 24-bit
		  color images  and some 8-bit grayscale images do much better with
		  differencing.  For example, our 24-bit natural test images hardly
		  compressed at  all using  "plain" LZW:  the  average  compression
		  ratio was  1.04  to  1.    The  average  compression  ratio  with
		  horizontal differencing  was 1.40  to 1.  (A compression ratio of
		  1.40 to 1 means that if the uncompressed image is 1.40MB in size,
		  the compressed version is 1MB in size.)

		  Although  the   combination  of   LZW  coding   with   horizontal
		  differencing does  not result  in any  loss of  data, it  may  be
		  worthwhile in  some situations  to give  up some  information  by
		  removing as  much noise  as possible  from the  image data before
		  doing the  differencing, especially  with  8-bit  samples.    The
		  simplest way  to get  rid of noise is to mask off one or two low-
		  order bits  of each 8-bit sample.  On our 24-bit test images, LZW
		  with horizontal differencing yielded an average compression ratio
		  of 1.4 to 1.  When the low-order bit was masked from each sample,
		  the compression  ratio climbed to 1.8 to 1; the compression ratio
		  was 2.4  to 1  when masking  two bits,  and 3.4 to 1 when masking
		  three bits.   Of  course, the  more you  mask, the  more you risk
		  losing useful information adword with the noise.  We encourage you
		  to experiment  to find  the best compromise for your device.  For
		  some applications it may be useful to let the user make the final

		  Interestingly, most  of our RGB images compressed slightly better
		  using PlanarConfiguration=1.   One  might think  that compressing
		  the  red,   green,  and   blue   difference   planes   separately
		  (PlanarConfiguration=2) might  give  better  compression  results
		  than  mixing   the  differences   together   before   compressing
		  (PlanarConfiguration=1), but this does not appear to be the case.

		  Incidentally,  we  tried  taking  both  horizontal  and  vertical
		  differences,  but   the  extra   complexity  of   two-dimensional
		  differencing did  not appear  to pay  off for  most of  our  test
		  images.  About one third of the images compressed slightly better
		  with two-dimensional  differencing, about  one  third  compressed
		  slightly worse, and the rest were about the same.

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