12 Facts About TIFF


Tag Image File Format, abbreviated TIFF or TIF, is an image file format for storing raster graphics images, popular among graphic artists, the publishing industry, and photographers.

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TIFF is widely supported by scanning, faxing, word processing, optical character recognition, image manipulation, desktop publishing, and page-layout applications.

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TIFF was created as an attempt to get desktop scanner vendors of the mid-1980s to agree on a common scanned image file format, in place of a multitude of proprietary formats.

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Today, TIFF, along with JPEG and PNG, is a popular format for deep-color images.

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TIFF is a complex format, defining many tags of which typically only a few are used in each file.

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TIFF file contains one or several images, termed subfiles in the specification.

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Baseline TIFF readers are only required to make use of the first subfile, but each IFD has a field for linking to a next IFD.

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TIFF is a flexible, adaptable file format for handling images and data within a single file, by including the header tags defining the image's geometry.

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TIFF offers the option of using LZW compression, a lossless data-compression technique for reducing a file's size.

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TIFF readers are required to ignore tags that they do not recognize, and a registered developer's private tags are guaranteed not to clash with anyone else's tags or with the standard set of tags defined in the specification.

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BigTIFF is a TIFF variant file format which uses 64-bit offsets and supports much larger files .

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CGATS reviewed their alternatives for this purpose and TIFF seemed like the ideal candidate, except for the fact that it could not handle certain required functionalities.

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