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Opening tif files

Discussion in 'Digital Photography & Imaging' started by danielno8, Sep 13, 2004.

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  1. danielno8

    danielno8 Thread Starter

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    hi, i was wondering if you could tell me the best program for opening tif files on XP. i have a few tif files which work perfect on my 2000 system at work, but will not open in the normal windows picture and fax viewer on XP. I thought adobe photshop would open tif files and allow me to edit them but it does not?

    any advice on programs i could use would be great.

    thanks
     
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    I have all of my image types defaulted to open in Irfanview. It is free and very competent: www.irfanview.com

    Once you open any image you can scroll through the entire folder with your mouse wheel. There are options to fill the screen, resize Irfanview to the file size etc. You can also go File>Thumbnails and make the thumbs of the folder any size up to 300 X 300. You can make slideshows etc. Nice program.

    You have more editing capability than the Windows Picture and Fax viewer, but nowhere near Photoshop. If the images will open in Irfanview and it does all you need then you are OK. If you need more editing capabilities, right click on an image you want to edit, select “rename”, hit the right arrow key once so the highlighting goes away, and add an “f” to the tif file extension. Then you might be able to open it in Photoshop. For some reason I haven’t gotten a handle on, some computers will open tiff but not tif and the other way round.
     
  3. danielno8

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    yeah i have that program, and i can get it to open all my files except one for some reason. But photoshop won't open ANY of the files, btu it does open another tiff file i have. The TIFF files i am tryin to have it open range from about 1MB to 35MB. the error i get when opening them is "could not complete your request because it is not the right kind of document".

    You have any advice?

    thanks for the reply

    Dan
     
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    if irfranview and photoshop cannot open the tiff files perhaps they are corrupt.
    size should not be a problem - thats a function of how much memory you have on the PC and how much you have allowed photoshop to use.
     
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    if you right click on the file - does it give you a clue as to if its an image file
     
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    The files are not corrupt, as all but one opens in Irfan viewer, and none work in photoshop. and on Win 2000 they ALL open with the default "imaging" viewer.

    thanks

    Dan
     
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    under type of file it says "TIF File"
     
  8. etaf

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    strange ..........
    mmmmmmmmm
    The default program will depend on the association of tif i guess.
    sorry i cant help - photoshop is the industry standard, and i would think it would do anything :)

    an idea if you open with whatever works and save a copy - can all th eprograms open them again.

    its nothing like MAC version V PC version
     
  9. danielno8

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    when i tried saving from irfan viewer it jst saved the picture it was on?

    jst to clarify it is a tiff file with lots of pages.
     
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    when you say lots of pages - do you mean layers ???
     
  11. danielno8

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    well when i open it in irfan viewer, there is two green arrows, one pointin down and one pointin up, and as i click it it moves through all the photos. i don't knwo if that is layers or pages?
     
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