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Can a MAC read a .tif that I view in Windows?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography & Imaging' started by will104, Apr 20, 2005.

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  1. will104

    will104 Thread Starter

    Apr 20, 2005
    I have an item I am donating to an auction. The charity needs the artwork for the brochure sent to them on a CDROM. They include the words "MAC format, CMYK Build, high res. image in place" in the contract they sent me.

    I'm running Windows 98 SE. The files I have are tif's, and I view them with Kodak's image viewer that resides on my PC.

    Can I send these tif's, which are 32 MB apiece, to the art guy? Can he view these tif's on his MAC without me altering them?

    Any help would be appreciated.

  2. slipe


    Jun 27, 2000
    TIFF is supposed to be universal and should read on a MAC if the person knows what he or she is doing. The reason I add that caveat is that the Photoshop save dialog does have a different coding for Mac and PC.

    With your software limitations I would think your bigger problem would be CYMK. Jobs are usually submitted to large printing houses in CYMK because the output is usually better and a little closer to the original. But I’ve dealt with specialty shops that make plates for commercial printing and they accept any TIFF you want to send them. If the charity can’t take a RGB Windows TIFF I would guess they have a volunteer compiling the brochures with a Mac and very little software.

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