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What is TIFF and Why Use It?

You may have heard of TIFF (Tagged Image File Format) or have seen the file extension .tiff. What is TIFF?

TIFF is a file format for storing images and is commonly supported by image editing applications. It was designed for scanning paper documents in the mid-1980's in attempts to manage volumes of paperwork in the legal industry and to find a common scanned image file format.

In general, image file formats have an image header with set fields or "tags" that contain information such as dimension or color space specification that pertain to the image. The TIFF file format is different in that it allows you a set of tags that you can customize to hold application specific information.

For instance, TIFF tags allow for a wide range of different compression schemes and color space specifications or can be used to format multiple images within a single file. TIFF makes it possible for almost any information to accompany an image. The flexible quality of the TIFF format make it ideal for photographers and publishing industries who use desktop publishing, and imaging applications.

The reasons of using TIFF format

TIFF is what's known as a loss-less format, what you see is what you get. Formats like JPEG are compressed to create smaller file sizes which reduces file quality. While larger in size, saving files as TIFF ensures that images will produce and maintain the highest quality for future use.

TIFF images are also difficult to alter making them ideal for protecting information and archiving. Further, unlike PDF or publisher files, TIFF is a clean file format which contains no links or hidden data and therefore can never have a virus embedded within it.

As a well-established file type, TIFF is supported by a large range of applications making it viewable by everyone and offers various compression options to support any storage needs. It also supports multiple pages allowing you to combine numerous files into one TIFF.

TIFF is the standard format used for facsimile transmissions making it a staple for any business.


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