Snowbound Software’s extensive experience working with TIFF images has led us to develop software that views and converts to and from the TIFF format and all of its associated compression algorithms with great precision and speed.

What is TIFF

TIFF (.tiff or .tif) or Tagged Image File Format is a common and comprehensive format for storing and sending raster graphics (bitmap) across computer networks on a great variety of computer platforms. TIFF was developed in 1986 by the Aldus Corporation (which is now part of Adobe) as a means of establishing a standard method of storing black-and-white scanned documents and faxes. Today, TIFF files are still most often used for black and white images for the digitization of documents. Many additions have been made to the format since inception for gray-scale and color images and documents to support the needs of document processing, graphic design, desktop publishing and medical imaging.

There are several advantages to using TIFF:

  • It is a platform-independent format, therefore usable on all computing platforms including PCs and Macs
  • TIFF is very flexible in supporting many different information fields (meta tags) and compression schemes
  • It is a lossless image format, meaning no image quality is lost when the image is digitized
  • TIFF supports multiple formats, enabling multiple pages that might include black and white, gray-scale and color documents to be saved as a single TIFF file instead of several files
  • One of the biggest benefits to using TIFF lies in the fact almost every image-editing program can create or save a file in TIFF format though support for multiple pages and all the various compression schemes may require 'professional strength' programs.

TIFF files are composed of three unique data structures:

  • Image File Header - defines the image size (height and width), number of colors (bit depth), and other information needed to display the image
  • Image file directory - data structure within a TIFF file containing information on multiple images stored in that TIFF file. A TIFF file can have many IFDs
  • Bitmap Data - pixel by pixel information

The Evolution of TIFF

Important: Avoid surprises and delays. Snowbound Software recommends that, as part of your evaluation process, you test your own sample documents against our products. Though we've been in the document business for almost 20 years, modifications to document formats occur from time to time. Often they don't conform to specifications, but you may find it important to work with them. Snowbound, unlike most of our competitors, develops it own technology. If in the rare case you come across a problem or non-conforming document or image, we can often quickly fix it.

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