Open TIF File format – Programs and How to

Aldus Tagged Image File Format (TIFF) bitmap image definition and 4 other types and linked programs information.


The File extension tif is used by the following type(s):

type 1 description:
Aldus Tagged Image File Format (TIFF) bitmap image
The TIF file extension is traditionally used for Tagged Image File Format – one of the most widely supported lossless (does not lose information during compression) file formats for storing bit-mapped images (both PCs and Macintosh computers).

TIFF/IT is a standard for the exchange of digital adverts and complete pages. TIFF/IT files only contain bitmap data, no vector data. The files are not rasterized (although they could be) but they contain 256 graylevels per channel.

MIME: image/tif, image/x-tif, image/tiff, image/x-tiff, application/tif, application/x-tif, application/tiff, application/x-tiff

that open tif files:
  • Ability Photopaint (Microsoft Windows)
  • ACDSee Photo Manager (Microsoft Windows)
  • Adobe Creative Suite (Microsoft Windows)
  • Adobe Creative Suite for Mac (Apple OS X)
  • Adobe Illustrator (Microsoft Windows)
  • Adobe Illustrator for Mac (Apple OS X)
  • Easy-PhotoPrint EX (multiplatform software)
  • FastStone Image Viewer (Microsoft Windows)
  • FormatFactory (Microsoft Windows)
  • Free PDF Converter (Microsoft Windows)
  • Nero Multimedia Suite (Microsoft Windows)
  • Draw (multiplatform software)
  • PrimoOnline (Microsoft Windows)
  • Windows Live Photo Gallery (Microsoft Windows)
  • XnView (multiplatform software)


type 2 description:
BigTIFF image files
BigTIFF files are TIFF files which are larger than 4GB.
that open tif files:
XnView (multiplatform software)


Digital Raster Graphic image files
A digital raster graphic (DRG) is a scanned image of a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) standard series topographic map, including all map collar information.

The image inside the map neatline is georeferenced to the surface of the earth and fit to the Universal Transverse Mercator projection.

The horizontal positional accuracy and datum of the DRG matches the accuracy and datum of the source map. The map is scanned at a minimum resolution of 250 dots per inch.

that open tif files:
Microsoft Expression Design (Microsoft Windows)


type 4 description:
GeoTiff format
A geographic format, basically 2D with height optionally. Focuses on system transformations and projections.
Software: GDAL (multiplatform software)