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DEFINITION: MrSID (Multi-resolution Seamless Image Database) is an image compressor, viewer, and file format for extremely large raster graphics images. MrSID, created by LizardTech, works by putting together hundreds of small image tiles into one large seamless image that can be compressed and decompressed with little or no degradation. One problem previously associated with raster images was the long amount  … 
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FILE COMPRESSION SOFTWARE DEFINITION (continued): …  of time it took to open very large files. The creators of MrSID overcame that problem by giving the user the ability to decompress just the portion of the image they wanted to view. The user can move from one part of the image to another quickly without having to wait for the entire image to decompress. Another problem associated with massive raster images was the large amount of storage space they required. MrSID uses a patented "wavelet" technology first developed at the National Research Laboratories at Los Alamos to achieve a compression ratio of 20:1 for greyscale images and 50:1 for full … 
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