I have scanned In around 300 pages of an old archive map for my work experience. I divided them by sub maps so I ended up with 13 .PDF files.

As of now I started converting the first file to images using PDF-XChange viewer thinking they would become .jpeg files. but they did not, they became .TIF files (yes those are all capital letters, at least in window XP's properties tab)

Immagine TIF

So how can I use them?

I want to be able to combine all the 300 images I got into new .pdf files after I did some photo "enchanting" like cutting out the white areas or changing the contrast. Can this be done with .TIF files?

I found this article on combining multiple images into one pdf: Link Does this work with TIF files?

  • It could be TIFF. Try opening it in Paint(or equivalent), if it works, its an image file (and file association is borked on your system). – PTwr Jan 15 '16 at 10:23
  • From the second line of the article: "TIF" and "TIFF" redirect here.. I think we are talking about the same file – BRHSM Jan 15 '16 at 10:25
  • olden windows xp days, I just miss them! – Sнаđошƒаӽ Jan 15 '16 at 10:39

A TIFF file is a high quality Tagged Image File Format - further reading here. It can have several "pages" and has support for layers, similar to a PDF.

There are many image applications that can open TIFF files. You can open it in Windows XP using Windows Picture and Fax Viewer.

There are many solutions for converting a TIFF to PDF as well as editing, some online based ones and some downloaded. To prevent too much information that will go out of date, I suggest searching for a TIFF to PDF converter, or TIF Image Editor, or check within your scanner software for this option, as many scanners will have the option to scan directly to JPG/TIFF/PDF. I personally use Irfanview which can handle almost every image format I can throw at it, but there are a lot of other utilities out there.

  • is the Windows Picture you talk about the same as windows photo viewer that comes with XP or is it a different program? Windows photo viewer cant show the files. – BRHSM Jan 15 '16 at 10:29
  • @CoderGuy Assuming the images are okay, it's called Windows Picture and Fax viewer and may not be the same, I'm not sure what program you're trying to use. Under 'Open With', choose this option: faxpipe.com/images/xp/open_with.gif – Jonno Jan 15 '16 at 10:31
  • I use the program that comes with windows XP called Windows photo viewer. which is a simple photo viewer that comes with windows as a standard – BRHSM Jan 15 '16 at 10:34
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    @CoderGuy That is a different utility - both come with Windows XP, although I would expect that to open it okay also, it's possible the conversion to TIFF didn't work properly. I've added one example utility you can try in my answer. – Jonno Jan 15 '16 at 10:38
  • I'll convert them to jpegs then. I can't convert TIF files to pdf files with my converter. – BRHSM Jan 15 '16 at 10:41

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