[Air-L] e-reading limitations

Conor Schaefer conor.schaefer at gmail.com
Thu Oct 11 08:23:08 PDT 2007

Hm, I usually write the file format "TIFF," but I think we're talking 
about the same thing. And oddly, according to Wikpedia, at least, Adobe 
now owns TIFF. From Wikipedia:

Tagged Image File Format (abbreviated TIFF) is a container format for 
storing images, including photographs and line art. It is now under the 
ownership of Adobe. Originally created by the company Aldus[1] for use 
with what was then called "desktop publishing," TIFF is a popular format 
for color and black and white images. The TIFF format is widely 
supported by image-manipulation applications, by publishing and page 
layout applications, by scanning, faxing, word processing, optical 
character recognition and other applications. [2] Adobe Systems, which 
acquired Aldus, now holds the copyright to the TIFF specification.

So it would seem to me that Microsoft was not allowed to include the 
TIFF reader functionality, or decided to exclude it out of animosity 
toward Adobe. Either way, something political, I'm sure.

A quick google for "tiff reader" yielded this page, for a Windows-based 
TIFF viewer called "Brava."


Good luck, and I look forward to others' suggestions.


Cristian Berrio Zapata wrote:
> Dear all:
> I use to digitalize documents to facilitate my students access to
> information. It is also quite useful when working with virtual classrooms
> (i.e. Moodle or Blackboard). Unfortunatelly I have found an unexpected
> problem:
> With MSOffice suite 2003, Microsoft used to include a program called MS
> Document Imaging produced under licensce of Scan Soft Inc. It is a *.tif
> reader which is quite useful (pro versions include tools like underline and
> notes). Big trouble is that MS decided to exclude it from MSOffice suite
> 2007, so many of my students are blocked when getting to read.
> Does anyone of you know about a TIF document reader which is free and has a
> decent quality?
> NOTE: Adobe reader does not reconise TIF as it is the competitors' format.
> Thanks for your help.
> Cristian Berrio Zapata
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