Tagged Image File Format (TIFF)
Definition - What does Tagged Image File Format (TIFF) mean?
Techopedia explains Tagged Image File Format (TIFF)
A TIFF file uses the file extension ".tif" or ".tiff". TIFF is also known for its flexibility and has more features and capabilities than other image file formats. Often, these add to the complication to learn and understand its features. A TIFF file is organized into an image file header, an image file directory and a bitmap data, with the previous two being considered mandatory.
TIFF is largely used in imaging and 3D applications, medical imaging and desktop publishing. Most image editing software or applications are capable of working with TIFF files.
TIFF, however, has a few drawbacks. One of them is the lack of mechanism to specify the multi-layer relationships between different TIFF pages. Also, in some ways, it lacks standard support for advanced imaging capabilities. Another major drawback lies in the size limitation. As the format makes use of 32-bit offsets, the file size is limited to 4 gigabytes.