TIFF (Tagged Image File Format)
The Tagged Image File Format (TIFF) is a flexible and portable standard graphics format. It was developed by Microsoft and Aldus (later Adobe) at the beginning of the 80s.
The TIFF format is equally suited to store both b/w copies and high-resolution sketches or colour images. Through its standardisation TIFF files are displayable on all common computer systems (Windows-PCs, Linux, Apple Macintosh, Digital, IBM RS/6000 and so on) without special extra software.
An A4 document in the quality of a colour print in the TIFF format only uses approximately 45 kB of storage space. In this way, a couple of million A4 documents can be digitally archived on a basic up-to-date standard computer. It can be assumed that the TIFF format will also be readable and displayable on future computer generation. Apart from PDF/A, TIFF is listed as an acceptable format for digital long-term archiving as required by the tax authorities.
bitfarm-Archiv also generates a small TIFF "preview" for archived file documents, e.g. a Word file. This enables a user to browse through documents in various formats without having to use and maintain external applications.