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What is tiff file?

Files with tiff extension are bitmap images in the Tagged Image File Format. Usually having the extension TIF, it's one of the more common graphics file types.

tiff file description

File extension TIFF is used ed for one of the common graphics format.

Tagged Image File Format - one of the most widely supported lossless (does not lose information during compression) file formats for storing bit-mapped images (both PCs and Macintosh computers).
TIFF graphics can be any resolution, in black and white, gray-scaled, or color. Is used un-compressed or LZW compressed.
Many different formats (Uncompressed, Huffman compressed, Jpeg,LZW,CCITT3/4, G3 FAX, G4 FAX, Packed Bits).

TIFF/IT is a standard for the exchange of digital adverts and complete pages. TIFF/IT files only contain bitmap data, no vector data. The files are not rasterized (although they could be) but they contain 256 graylevels per channel. TIFF/IT is the abbreviation of Tagged Image File Format/Image Technology.

As the name indicates, TIFF/IT is based on the well known TIFF standard. Because the TIFF/IT standard is very flexible, a subset of the standard was devised that is called TIFF/IT P1. P1 is limited to CMYK jobs. It does not support spot colours. When most people talk about TIFF/IT, they refer to the P1 version. A P2 version was in the works for a long time and may never make it, given the decreasing popularity of TIFF/IT.

TIFF/IT has only been successful in some markets like the exchange of adds for newspapers or magazines and the exchange of pages for magazine printers. In the past years, its role has largely been taken over by the PDF file format, more specifically PDF/X-1a.

From around 2000 to 2004 a number of companies selling TIFF/IT related products announced products in which TIFF/IT data were encapsulated in PDF files. This merging of these two formats, with PDF offering wide industry support and TIFF/IT’s proven track record of reliability, was an interesting concept but I don’t think any of these hybrid formats are still in widespread use. RIPs would frequently choke on such files and vendors were reluctant to actively support odd file formats.

MIME types:
image/tif
image/x-tif
image/tiff
image/x-tiff
application/tif
application/x-tif
application/tiff
application/x-tiff

Software that will open tiff file

XnView MP

A popular utility for viewing and converting graphic files

Adobe Photoshop

One of the best bitmap graphic editing program

Adobe Photoshop for Mac

Mac version of popular digital image editor


What file extension actually is?

Simply put, file extensions are the characters after the dot in the file name, so for example filename.mp3 has file extension „mp3“. This helps Windows to identify which program should be used to open the file.

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