Why Scan to TIFF

By NE Docs | September 9, 2014

Why Scan to TIFF

If you are converting your physical files into electronic images, then you may have encountered the term TIFF, or Tagged Image File Format. While many professionals have never heard the term TIFF, it is a common file format found in the realm of document scanning/conversion. In our last article, Why Scan to PDF, we discussed how it is important to determine the proper file type for your document management needs. In light of this knowledge gap surrounding TIFFs, we have compiled some information about these files and why you might choose to scan to TIFF.

TIFF files are most widely used for image files and are often created by scanning software.  TIFF files can be lossy or lossless, and normally preserve 8 or 16-bits per color for 24 and 48-bit totals respectively.

Benefits of Scanning to TIFF

Compression: By design, TIFF files will not perform any compression. While uncompressed files tend to be quite large, you will not experience any loss in image detail. This allows your files to be frequently saved without losing any information. Compression is available – but compressed TIFF files tend to be unsupported by most software suites.

Compatibility: The main advantage when scanning to TIFF is the compatibility with most editing software and major operating systems. This wide acceptance of TIFF allows you to send files without the worries of system compatibility.

There is one catch to these lossless files…size.

If image size is an issue or concern for you, TIFF may not be the best file type for your needs. Size is the primary disadvantage of TIFF – as image files (especially uncompressed files) tend to be very large. Not only does a larger file occupy more space, it is also more difficult to share and manage. Large TIFF files cannot be easily emailed or shared, causing potential issues in document management. TIFF files also lack many of the robust features found in other formats – for example PDF. Some of these features include security controls and customization tools. While TIFFs are large, they are easily managed inside of a document management system.

If you are interested in learning more about file conversion and the right file type for your business needs, talk to one of our amazing representatives today!

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