JPEG on the Mac: A New Chapter in History and 20 Years Xcode

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Leipzig, December 21th 2023 – Last year, in October 2022, the Independent JPEG Group (IJG) provided a new preview version of libjpeg 9f, completing the support for the two major Integrated Development Environments (IDEs) for the creation of applications with a graphical user interface (GUI) on the Microsoft Windows platform: Microsoft Visual Studio/Microsoft Visual C++ (MSVC) and Embarcadero RAD Studio (Rapid Application Development)/C++Builder/Delphi.

Microsoft Windows is the dominant platform in Desktop Computing, followed by the Apple Mac platform. This year Apple introduced new devices which enable the Independent JPEG Group to add support for the major Integrated Development Environment on macOS, Xcode, thus completing the support for the three major Integrated Development Environments in Desktop Computing overall.

The new version libjpeg 9f is scheduled for release in January 2024.

With these features the Independent JPEG Group ensures that the JPEG image format can be properly supported by application software developed with the major Integrated Development Environments. Additional information about the history of Integrated Development and corresponding JPEG integration can be found here:

About Independent JPEG Group (IJG)

IJG is an informal group that writes and distributes a widely used free library for JPEG image compression on a non-profit basis. The first version of this library was released on 7-Oct-1991. After this, many versions of libjpeg were created to make the standard sustainable for future applications. The IJG was headed originally by Thomas Lane and since 2005 by Guido Vollbeding. From 2008 the IJG is part of the Institute for Applied Informatics (InfAI) in Leipzig, where the format is developed further. The reference software of the Independent JPEG Group was a key to the success of the original JPEG standard and has found widespread adoption in applications of image coding. IJG News at:

About InfAI

The Institute for Applied Informatics (InfAI) e.V. in Leipzig furthers Science and Research on the fields of Information Technology and Business Informatics. At present nearly 180 associates conduct research there. The Independent JPEG Group is part of the InfAI and benefits from its know-how. The InfAI provides an excellent network and performed numerous research and industry projects since its establishment in 2006. More information at:

Press contact:

Dr. Lars Göhler, eastpress media (
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Project contact Independent JPEG Group at Institute for Applied Informatics

Guido Vollbeding, Institute for Applied Informatics (InfAI,,
Goerdelerring 9
04109 Leipzig
Phone: +49 341 2290370

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