If you’re a regular joe, you would probably ask, what is TIFF and why is it popular? TIFF is basically short for Tag Image file format that has a file extension name shown as “.tiff” or “.tif” at the end of the file name. Like JPEG, PNG, BMP, and GIF, TIFF is also an image format that is used online and offline but more often used for storing raster graphics, and for the exchange of images from different programs. This file is often used by graphic artists, photographers, 3D rendering, medical imaging, and publications that print or post digital media.
This file was developed by Aldus Corporation, which is now part of Adobe Software, and was first released back in 1986. Its recent release was 18 years ago, March 2002, announcing TIFF supplement 2 and the 6.0 TIFF version’s final release was in 1992. But Aldus wasn’t the only reason this format exists with its awesome features as Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard also contributed to the development of the format.
So, to answer the long-standing question – why is it popular? It is because it answers most professional requirements that are found in various industries. This format is everywhere and you just probably haven’t noticed.
What makes TIFF special?
When a JPEG file is compressed, some of its data are lost and therefore becomes low in quality. When TIFF was created, it was ensured that the format was created based on the lossless compression method. So when a TIFF is edited, no data is affected and quality stays as it is. Additionally, TIFF can also be saved in different color formats, including grayscale, RGB, or color palette.
So why convert to PDF?
PDF is a file format that can be read universally on any platform or device so transferring and viewing are possible even if the viewer does not have an application to edit it. Since PDF is also lossless, it is sensible for a TIFF to be converted to a format that provides the same quality when transferred.