There are two types of of.TIF File Extensions that you can come across various times for different purposes. However, to figure out these extensions needs knowledge. And that’s why I am here today to talk about everything I have learned about this file extension on various computer systems. So, read the post and discover more.

Easy Ways to Open the .TIF File Extension

What Do You Mean By .TIF File Extension?

Like JPEG, PNG, and other image formats, the .TIF File Extension is another image format. Professionals use this format to store images in high-quality graphics. Developers use the format to store images that come in many colors (most commonly digital photos). The image format also includes layers for multiple pages.

Developers can save the TIFF files in an uncompressed format or they can also be a part of .JPEG (lossy) compression. Some developers also use the LZW lossless compression and it reduces the size of TIFF files but that does not compromise with the quality of the image. There are a some applications that might help you open the TIFF file on your Windows computer.

  • File Viewer Plus — Get it from Microsoft
  • Microsoft Photos
  • Microsoft Windows Photo Viewer
  • CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2019
  • Corel PaintShop Pro 2020
  • Adobe Photoshop 2020
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020
  • Adobe Lightroom 2019
  • Adobe Illustrator 2020
  • ACD Systems ACDSee Photo Studio
  • ACD Systems Canvas X 2019
  • Nuance PaperPort 14
  • Nuance OmniPage Ultimate
  • Roxio Creator NXT Pro 7
  • Other image viewer

How to Open TIF Files on Mac?

If you are running Mac OS, you can use these tools to open the file format on your computer.

  • Apple Preview
  • Adobe Photoshop 2020
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020
  • Adobe Lightroom 2019
  • Adobe Illustrator 2020
  • CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2019
  • ACD Systems ACDSee Photo Studio for Mac
  • Roxio Toast 18
  • MacPhun ColorStrokes
  • Other image viewer

But you can also open the .TIF extension on other operating systems like Linux, iOS devices, or Android. For Linux, you can use GIMP or other image viewer application. And you can use Google drive on both iOS and Android devices. And simply use the file viewer application on your Android phone to open a TIF file.

Other Types of TIFF Extensions

This is not the end, there is another type of TIFF extension that you can come across. And this is GeoTIFF Image. These images contain geographic or cartographic data that come with tags as embedded within the extension. This type of format helps users embed GIS data and it does not require the tagged Image File Format.

How to open the GeoTIFF Image on your computer? The file extension contains coordinates and GIS applications can help you open the file on your system.

You can use these applications on Windows-

  • Geosoft Oasis montaj
  • ESRI ArcGIS for Desktop
  • The MathWorks MATLAB
  • ERDAS IMAGINE
  • GDAL

And the following applications will help you open the file on your Mac computer-

  • QGIS
  • ClueTrust Cartographica
  • GDAL
  • ERDAS ER Viewer

But if you are running Linux OS, the only software that can help you view a GeoTIFF Image is GDAL. But that always is not the case. There can be many other software that would help you open the Tiff files on your device regardless of the type of operating system you are using. If you know about such applications, let’s suggest to us in the comment box below.

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