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.TIF File Extension

File Type 1Tagged Image File

DeveloperN/A
Popularity
3.7 (76 Votes)
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 saved in 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.

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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. TIF is short for "TIFF."

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Programs that open TIF files
Updated 8/18/2016

File Type 2GeoTIFF Image

DeveloperAdobe Systems
Popularity
3.3 (26 Votes)
CategoryRaster Image Files
FormatBinary

Binary

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

.TIF File Association 2

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
Updated 1/7/2011

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