3 Tips for Integrating TIF Conversion in your Custom Solution


The TIF (Tagged Image File) format is often preferred by photographers because of the image quality it provides, as well as its compression features and availability for editing. TIFs provide high colour-depth images and smaller processing times than, for example, EPS or AI files. Apart from photography, the TIF format is also used in the professional printing or publishing industry and in graphic art.

As opposed to JPEGs, which provide a “lossy compression” of the image, TIF files can ensure a “lossless” compression, thus retaining all the image details with increased accuracy. This, however, also means that uncompressed TIF files tend to get very large and are more difficult to store or share.

With its equal range of both advantages and disadvantages, the TIF format is preferred by some and avoided by others. If you are a developer who plans to create an integrated solution that offers its users the possibility to convert image files both to and from the TIF format, here are 3 essential tips:

  1. Choose a professional converter which can be easily incorporated in the custom solution you plan to design. reaConverter Pro is a great option, because apart from its GUI interface, it can also be operated through the command-line interface. This means that you can run it both directly, by issuing command through mouse clicks, or indirectly, by writing ”command lines” which dictate the program what operations to undertake. The first option might seem easier at first glance, but it is less effective when you plan to do advanced programming. In fact, reaConverter Pro is precisely addressed to developers and professional image designers, and it can be tried for free at reaconverter.com

  3. Use reaConverter Pro to automate a series of routine and/or reoccurring operations connected to how your software handles conversions to and from the TIF format. Thus, you will be able to increase your productivity, spend less time doing tedious operations over and over again, as well as avoid errors and generally work more effectively.

  5. Use the program’s command-line tool, cons_rcp.exe, to integrate the conversion of TIFs in and from a large variety of formats, including JPG, PNG, PDF and many others — in your custom programming solution. The tool can be used through third party applications via command-line interface. By using it, you can also define the variety of image editing actions to apply to your files. Depending on what you plan to do with your TIF files, reaConverter lets you choose between 2 kinds of CCIT compression: Group 3 compression and Group 4 compression. A comprehensive command-line interface manual is available at this address: http://www.reaconverter.com/features/command-line.html

Example of command-line conversion:

Here is a quick tutorial of how you can find it and how you can start using the command-line feature.

To convert TIF file into JPG try:

cons_rcp.exe -s "C:\source_file.tif" -o "C:\output_file.jpg" -jpg_quality 100%

Batch TIF to JPG conversion from one folder to another:

cons_rcp.exe -source_folder "C:\source_folder\" -source_ext tif -dest_path "C:\output_folder\" -dest_ext jpg

Command-line tiff conversion tool is an advanced feature meant for professional use, and is available in Pro edition only.


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