Are .bmp files really that bad?

Subject: Are .bmp files really that bad?
From: "Carrie Baker" <carriebak -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 31 Aug 2006 13:05:08 +0300

I was out of the office for a few months and someone else updated the
user guides I work on.
I found that all of the screen captures they made were .bmp files.
I work on FrameMaker with referenced graphics, we convert to PDF which
are distributed both on a CD and over the internet and we create
WinHelp files.
I generally use a .gif or .png format.
When I am given .bmp files I convert them to one of those formats.

But is .bmp that bad?
Is there any reason that I should convert the .bmp files I have now to
.png (will it affect the project, or PDF in anyway?) or should I
leave them as they are?
Carrie Baker
carriebak -at- gmail -dot- com

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