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Jan 5, 2010 1:08 PM
I can't figure out why Preview will not open .tif files. I get a window saying that files may be damaged or Preview doesn't recognize the extension. However, these files open in my wife's pc, so there is no damage. From what I am understanding, Preview does open those files. I take it iPhoto cannot open .tif files?

Thanks for any help.

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  • thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7 (26,920 points)
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    Jan 5, 2010 1:17 PM (in response to Steve Hadeen)
    I've never had any problems opening TIFF files in Preview, and still don't (just checked). I suspect there must be something not quite right about the files you're trying to open, though what that might be, I don't know. iPhoto should also be able to open them.
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  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,815 points)
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    Jan 9, 2010 5:41 AM (in response to Steve Hadeen)
    I can't figure out why Preview will not open .tif files.


    If you click once on the file icon and do File > Get Info > Open With, what does it say?
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  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,815 points)
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    Jan 10, 2010 5:26 AM (in response to Steve Hadeen)
    I can't duplicate your problem. My Preview opens .tif and .tiff. It also converts other things to .tiff and then opens them. Could you send one of the files yours won't open (tom at bluesky dot org)?
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  • F Shippey Level 7 Level 7 (21,500 points)
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    Jan 11, 2010 7:36 PM (in response to Steve Hadeen)
    TIF files come in several 'flavors'. The data bit order can be reversed or some form of compression can be used. I've already seen problems opening some TIF files. Did all your files come from the same source? What was the source?
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  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,815 points)
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    Jan 11, 2010 8:29 PM (in response to Steve Hadeen)
    Will do.


    Thanks! My Preview will not open it, nor will a more versatile app I use called GraphicConverter. It says the file is broken or of unknown format or not a graphic.
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  • Francine Schwieder Level 6 Level 6 (19,000 points)
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    Jan 12, 2010 9:34 AM (in response to F Shippey)
    I also saw a thread where tif files wouldn't open, all of them came from FAX and had different resolutions for the dimensions, so that is still another possible problem. See here:

    http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=10760139

    If all the files are from the same source it makes it more likely that there may be something "different" about them that Preview won't handle. If the tif files are from a variety of sources then there may be some other problem.
    Francine


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  • F Shippey Level 7 Level 7 (21,500 points)
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    Jan 12, 2010 9:52 AM (in response to Francine Schwieder)
    One of our fellow L4 users has problems with TIF files generated by an older version of a music scoring program because the TIF files are compressed with a form of fax compression (which gives a very small file size). This form of TIF compression seems to be no longer supported under Snow Leopard.

    The OP hasn't replied as to what kind of TIF files he is having problems with - image files or graphics files.
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