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.TIF File Extension

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File Type 1Tagged Image File

DeveloperN/A
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CategoryRaster Image Files
FormatBinary

Binary

This file is saved in a binary format, which requires a specific program to read its contents.

What is a TIF file?

A TIF file is an image file that uses a high-quality graphics format. It is often used for storing images with many colors, such as digital photos and includes support for layers and multiple pages. TIF is short for "TIFF."

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TIFF files can be saved in an uncompressed (lossless) format or may incorporate .JPEG (lossy) compression. They may also use LZW lossless compression, which reduces the TIFF file size, but does not reduce the quality of the image.

View the TIFF definition.

Programs that open TIF files
Windows
File Viewer Plus
Microsoft Windows Photos
Microsoft Windows Photo Viewer
CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7
Corel PaintShop Pro X8
Adobe Photoshop CC 2015
Adobe Photoshop Elements 14
Adobe Illustrator CC 2015
ACD Systems ACDSee 18
ACD Systems Canvas 15
Nuance PaperPort 14
Nuance OmniPage Ultimate
Roxio Creator NXT Pro 3
Other image viewer
Mac
Apple Preview
Adobe Photoshop CC 2015
Adobe Photoshop Elements 14
Adobe Illustrator CC 2015
ACD Systems ACDSee Mac Pro 3
Roxio Toast 14
MacPhun ColorStrokes
Other image viewer
Linux
GIMP
Other image viewer
Web
Google Drive
iOS
Google Drive
Android
File Viewer for Android
Google Drive
Updated 4/19/2016

File Type 2GeoTIFF Image

DeveloperAdobe Systems
Popularity
3.3 (22 Votes) Thanks for voting!
Rare Uncommon Average Common Very Common
CategoryRaster Image Files
FormatBinary

Binary

This file is saved in a binary format, which requires a specific program to read its contents.

Definition

TIFF-compliant geospatial image file created in the GeoTIFF format; contains geographic or cartographic data embedded as tags within the file; enables users to embed GIS data in the file without deviating from the TIFF (Tagged Image File Format) format.

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Since GeoTIFF files contain coordinates, GIS applications can map specific regions of the raster image to latitude and longitude coordinates.

NOTE: The GeoTIFF format uses the extensible features of the TIFF specification to add tagged metadata to the image.

Programs that open TIF files
Windows
Geosoft Oasis montaj
ESRI ArcGIS for Desktop
The MathWorks MATLAB
ERDAS IMAGINE
GDAL
Updated 1/7/2011