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Tagged Image File Format, abbreviated TIFF or TIF, is a computer file format for storing raster graphics images, popular among graphic artists, the publishing industry, and photographers. The TIFF format is widely supported by image-manipulation applications, by publishing and page layout applications, and by scanning, faxing, word processing, optical character recognition and other applications.

TIFF
Filename extensions .tiff, .tif
Internet media type
  • image/tiff
  • image/tiff-fx
Type code TIFF
Uniform Type Identifier (UTI) public.tiff
Developed by Aldus, now Adobe Systems
Initial release 1986; 30 years ago (1986)
Latest release
TIFF 6.0
(3 June 1992; 24 years ago (1992-06-03)
TIFF Supplement 2 / 22 March 2002; 14 years ago (2002-03-22))
Type of format Image file format
Extended from tiff
Extended to Exif, DCF, TIFF/EP, TIFF/IT, TIFF-FX, GeoTIFF
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Tagged Image File Format, abbreviated TIFF or TIF, is a computer file format for storing raster graphics images, popular among graphic artists, the publishing industry, and photographers. The TIFF format is widely supported by image-manipulation applications, by publishing and page layout applications, and by scanning, faxing, word processing, optical character recognition and other applications.

The format was created by Aldus Corporation for use in desktop publishing. It published the latest version 6.0 in 1992, subsequently updated with an Adobe Systems copyright after the latter acquired Aldus in 1994. Several Aldus/Adobe technical notes have been published with minor extensions to the format, and several specifications have been based on TIFF 6.0, including TIFF/EP (ISO 12234-2), TIFF/IT (ISO 12639), TIFF-F (RFC 2306) and TIFF-FX (RFC 3949).