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.
TIFF Format Overview
TIFF (Tagged Image File Format) is a widely supported high-quality raster image format, and a standard in areas like faxing, imaging and archiving. TIFF files can be viewed on just about every computer using a variety of applications. They can be single-page or multi-page, black & white or full color, high resolution for printing or low resolution for screen display.
TIFF file formats are used for storing high quality images. They can be very large. It is the favored image format in many graphic applications. These include FAX, archival and scanning applications, image manipulation programs, desktop publishing and 3-D imaging applications. A TIFF version called GeoTIFF is used to store geo-referenced raster images.
- Supports CCITT G3 and G4 encoding, LZW and MacIntosh RLE (packbits) encoding
- Supports 1-bit B&W, 8-bit colormap and 24-bit True Color
- Output to any resolution (dpi)
- Supports output to single-page, multiple single-page, single multi-page
- Option to output to standard or custom page size or as a cropped portion
- Source files may include vector graphics, raster images, text and fonts