.TIF File Extension

There are 2 file types use the .TIF file extension:

  1. GeoTIFF Image
  2. Tagged Image File

1. GeoTIFF Image

GeoTIFF Image

TIFF-compliant geospatial image file created in the GeoTIFF format; contains geographic or cartographic data embedded as tags within the file; enables users to embed GIS data in the file without deviating from the TIFF (Tagged Image File Format) format.

Since GeoTIFF files contain coordinates, GIS applications can map specific regions of the raster image to latitude and longitude coordinates.

NOTE: The GeoTIFF format uses the extensible features of the TIFF specification to add tagged metadata to the image.

Software's name License Platforms
ClueTrust Cartographica ClueTrust Cartographica Free Trial Mac
ERDAS ER Viewer ERDAS ER Viewer Free Mac
ERDAS IMAGINE ERDAS IMAGINE Commercial Windows
ESRI ArcGIS for Desktop ESRI ArcGIS for Desktop Commercial Windows
GDAL GDAL Open Source LinuxMacWindows
Geosoft Oasis montaj Geosoft Oasis montaj Paid Windows
QGIS QGIS Free LinuxMacWindows
The MathWorks MATLAB The MathWorks MATLAB Commercial LinuxMacWindows

Updated: October 27, 2019

2. Tagged Image File

Tagged Image File

A TIF file contains an image saved in the Tagged Image File Format (TIFF), a high-quality graphics format. It is often used for storing images with many colors, typically digital photos, and includes support for layers and multiple pages.

You can open TIF files with various image editors since the TIFF format is common among graphics professionals. Some applications that support the format include Windows Photos (Windows), CorelDRAW Graphics Suite (Windows and macOS), ACD Systems ACDSee Photo Studio (Windows), Adobe Photoshop (Windows and macOS), and Apple Preview (bundled with macOS).

NOTE: You can also open TIFF files with Google Photos in a web browser, Chrome OS, and Android and iOS devices.

Updated: May 27, 2021

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