You may have recently noticed that devices like newer or updated iPhones and Android phones have started recording images in a format called HEIF (High Efficiency Image File) format or HEIC (High Efficiency Image Container) format rather than the JPEG format you’re used to.
Or you may be wondering why you’re being given an option like this in your phone settings:

HEIF/HEIC are image container formats (see post Containers vs. Formats)  that use new image compression techniques to provide better image quality than the traditional JPEG format for the same amount of storage.  For instance, the image of the flowers needed 3.97 MB of storage for JPEG versus 2.46 MB of storage for HEIC for the same visual quality.  HEIF is very efficient and rapidly becoming adopted by camera and phone software developers. What this doesn’t mean, however, is that it is universal or will remain supported by software vendors.
You can currently share HEIF/HEIC files between newer or updated phones.  You can also open HEIF/HEIC in many apps that already have built in HEIC support, such as Windows Photo. However, older apps do not support HEIF/HEIC and viewing on the web is still a bit of a challenge. Apple Safari (generation 17.0 or greater) will automatically support HEIF, but other browers won’t show your HEIF images without a plug-in. Further,  it’s likely, but not guaranteed that HEIF will continue to be supported (see the blog posts on JPEG 2000 and JPEG-XL for examples of how great formats have lost industry support).
If you’re using certain versions of Safari, you can see this HEIC image. Other browsers show you a broken link.
Bevara technology lets you embed HEIC/HEIF in popular browsers.
Unfortunately, HEIF/HEIC, and particularly the common compression technique underlying them are licensed formats, so Bevara cannot offer them as part of the free Bevara Access IDE. Contact Bevara support to upgrade to the Bevara Access Premium IDE for licensed formats.