Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Why doesn’t FFP or FFPx support any formats other than JPEG or TIFF?


A. This is because most other formats don’t support metadata very well. Metadata are things such as the Author and Title information – PNG, for example, doesn’t support metadata in a well defined way. As FFP and FFPx uses the metadata extensively for its competitions, it only makes sense to support these formats. Also, JPEG and TIFF are by far the most widely used.


Q. Should I use TIFF as it is a lossless format?


A. You can if you want to, but the image files are much bigger. You may want to do a trial to see if you can tell the difference between JPEG and TIFF to see if you - or anyone in your photo group - can see a difference. If they can't, use JPEGs; they're much quicker to copy and load into FFP or FFPx.


Q. Should I turn on colour management within FFP or FFPx.


A. The short answer is no; Windows itself will colour manage images. The FFP and FFPx settings are left over from earlier versions of Windows and will be removed in later versions.


Q. <x,y,z other product> supports all kinds of fancy transitions; why doesn’t FFP or FFPx?


A. This is mainly to do with using the secondary screen for projection – most products only produce fancy transitions on the primary screen. Graphics support for the secondary screen was rather weak until very recently, even now, a fairly powerful graphics card would be required – more powerful than most laptops have. I still keep a lookout for a solution as I’d like to fade between images.


Q. Does FFP or FFPx run on the Mac?


A. No, there are no plans for a Mac version of FFP or FFPx.


Q. FFP or FFPx doesn’t support our particular competition; can it be added?


A. There’s a fair chance for FFPx. FFP is still supported, but new features are much more likely to be added to FFPx.