For fingerprint images WSQ (Wavelet Scalar Quantization) is superior to other lossy compression methods such as JPEG and was chosen by FBI (U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation) as the fingerprint image compression standard. WSQ is a lossy compression method that is well-suited for preserving the very high resolution details of grayscale images while maintaining high compression ratios of typically 12:1 to 15:1.Cognaxon WSQ image library provides the easy way to add WSQ image format support to your software projects. WSQ image library reads and converts between WSQ and 33 other graphic file formats it is small ( 2 Megabytes) and fast and has graphics format conversion utility.Supported formats for reading:WSQ BMP TIFF TIF JPG JPEG JP2 JPC JPE PNG GIF PSP JFIF RLE DIB TGAWINVSTVDAICB FAX EPS PCX PCC SCR RPF RLA SGI RGBA RGB BW PSD PDD PPM PGM PBM CEL PIC PCD CUT IFF ICO WMF EMF.Supported formats for writing:WSQ - FBIs Wavelet Scalar QuantizationBMP - Windows Bitmap GraphicsTIFF - Tagged Information File Format (no LZW compression)PNG - Portable Network GraphicsJPEG - Joint Photographic Experts GroupRGB - Silicon Graphics International (uncompressed)TGA - Truevision Targa GraphicJP2 - JPEG2000 Part 1JPC - JPEG2000 Code Stream.Adding WSQ image library to your software project is very easy. Only 2-3 steps and several lines of code are needed. Sample projects are provided for: Microsoft Visual C++Microsoft Visual C++ .NETMicrosoft Visual C# .NETMicrosoft Visual Basic .NETMicrosoft Visual J# .NETMicrosoft Visual BasicBorland C++ BuilderBorland DelphiSun JavaNetBeans Sun JavaEclipse Sun JavaMinGW CC++Eclipse CC++Code::Blocks C++Bloodshed Dev-C++Borland C++ for Win32Digital Mars CC++MatLabCompaq Visual FortranPowerBASICMASM32 (32 bit Microsoft Assembler).