TIFF traces its origins to the 1980 where it was proposed as a standard for the emerging desktop scanner market. Originally, it was a simple format and could only understand black & white. Now, it is a robust format which handles high color, greyscale and large files like a breeze. Today, TIFF is a popular format for high color-depth images, along with JPEG and PNG. It is also a flexible, adaptable file format for handling images and data within a single file, by including header tags indicating size, compression, etc. It is regularly used in FAX and archive applications.
Frequently Asked Questions
- The image formats used on web sites are JPEG (or JPG), PNG and GIF. JPEG is best for images with many colors such as photos. GIF is best for line art, illustrations and drawings with limited color. PNG is the most versatile and can be used quite broadly on web-sites.
- The image formats used in documents follow a similar rule. GIF, TIFF and PNG are best for images with fewer colors and JPEG is used for images with many colors such as photos. The best test is to use pdf2image to convert to a few different formats and then view them both on-screen and in print to see which gives you the desired result.
- It’s also important to determine what formats your application can import. If the program you want to use only accepts BMP, then you need to convert to this format, even if it produces larger files than PNG.