Raw file formats as input maps
I take a lot of reference photos in a Raw format (.cr2 from my Canon)
There is a lot of detail in RAW that Bitmap2Material could use to extract better diffuse textures.
There is just so much information in my raw source files that could be incredibly helpful to generating normals, better light cancellation, and more accurate glossiness.
Accommodating all those variations may be prohibitive, but it would be great to at least have some options for users who can do their own conversions; EXR, HDR, DNG.
I think more image formats are a good idea in general, but unfortunatelyraw comes in as many flavours as there are cameras out there. Some manufacturers don't even keep to their own standard, the moment they announce a new camera, they throw the old code over board and do something new and most likely incompatible. Adobe has a real hard time keeping up with all the raw formats out there. Unfortunately nobody could, up to this point, decide on a standard every one has to use. That's why every manufacturer usually ships their own set of tools to convert their raw format into something most applications can actually use.