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Tagged Image File Format

Tagged Image File Format
File extension: .tiff, .tif
MIME type: image/tiff, image/tiff-fx
Type code: TIFF
Uniform Type Identifier: public.tiff
Developed by: Aldus, now Adobe Systems
Type of format: Image file formats
Extended to: Exif, DCF, TIFF/EP

Tagged Image File Format (also known as TIFF) is a container format for storing images, including photographs and line art. It is now under the control of Adobe. Originally created by the company Aldus for use with what was then called "desktop publishing," TIFF is a popular format for color and black and white images. The TIFF format is widely supported by image-manipulation applications, by publishing and page layout applications, by scanning, faxing, word processing, optical character recognition and other applications. Adobe Systems, which acquired Aldus, now holds the copyright to the TIFF specification. TIFF has not had a major update since 1992, though several Aldus/Adobe technical notes have been published with minor extensions to the format, and several specifications, including TIFF/EP, have been based on the TIFF 6.0 specification.

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