Tagged Image File Format .TIF File Description


The tagged image file format .TIF or .TIFF is a file format for storing images, including photographs and line art. The TIFF format is widely supported by a variety of applications.


MapViewer can import and export .TIF and .TIFF files.


When a .TIF or .TIFF file contains attribute information, MapViewer imports this information and stores it on the Info tab. For a full list of the available attributes in a .TIF or .TIFF file, refer to the online reference guide.


The TIFF specification allows an unusually wide variety of different formats and encodings within the same file format. While the filter can read most of the common variants of TIFF, it would be impractical to develop software to read every possible variant. The TIFF filter supports a wide variety of TIFF files that use the PlanarConfiguration 2 encodings.


TIFF images that contain bit per pixel counts other than 1, 4, 8, 16, 24, or 32 may not be readable depending on the encoding and alignment of the data.


TIFF images that are encoded with photometric interpretation models other than RGB, grayscale, or monochrome may not be readable. In particular, some YUV encodings cannot be imported.


Some of the compression algorithms allowable under the TIFF specification are not supported by MapViewer.



Only a single map object can be exported to a GeoTIFF. If multiple map objects exist in the MapViewer file, all maps should be overlaid before exporting. If other drawn objects (legends, scale bars, text, etc.) exist in the MapViewer file, these objects should be temporarily deleted before exporting.


Import Options

No import options dialog is displayed.


Import Automation Options

No import automation options are available.


Export Options

See Tagged Image File Format .TIF Export Options Dialog.


Export Automation Options

See Bitmap Export Automation Options



See Also

Tagged Image File Format .TIF Export Options Dialog

Tagged Image File Format .TIF Export Automation Options

File Format Chart