MRF (Monochrome Recursive Format)

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File Format
Name MRF (Monochrome Recursive Format)
Ontology
Extension(s) .mrf
Released 1997

MRF (Monochrome Recursive Format) is a bi-level raster image file format developed by Russell Marks.

MRF images are always compressed. The compression scheme is somewhat unusual, and involves recursively subdividing tiles until each is a single color.

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Disambiguation

Some sources say that the MR in MRF stands for Marks Russel (i.e., the developer's name backwards and misspelled), but the pbmtomrf-1.0 distribution makes it clear that it stands for Mono Recursive or Monochrome Recursive.

Format

Files have a 13-byte header, followed by the compressed image data.

Identification

Files begin with a 4-byte ASCII signature: "MRF1".

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