Types Of File Formats Used For High Resolution Printing

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Today’s printing industry uses many different types of file formats in everyday work. Some of these are recognized by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) , and others are only recognized as an industry standard. TIFF, XMP, JDF, and PDF/X are examples of these file formats. They are useful when storing information in a file, viewing it, simply exchanging information through various program, or giving the user an idea of what the production of a product will be like. Each of the formats has its befits and some even have draws backs to them. Overall the industry would not be the same without them. The abbreviation TIFF stands for tagged image file format, created in the mid-80 by the Aldus Corporation. Most commonly used for high resolution printing. A larger file size is needed to compensate for the higher resolution. This also makes it a bad idea to use TIFF for web browser display purposes because the larger files will cause the file to take longer to load. TIFF format also support layers, making it a common file format for editing in programs. “TIFF is also supported by all the major graphics and image manipulation and desktop publishing applications as well as word processing and scanning programs,” (Kabachinski, 2007) Because of this TIFF is considered a industry standard, but it is also recognized by ISO as an international standard. Some of the programs that use this format are; Microsoft Windows Photos, Microsoft Windows Photo Viewer, and Adobe Photoshop CC. The file format is popular “because it supports color depths from 1 to 24 bit and supports lossless compression.” (TIFF File Extension, Unknown) Meaning that it supports all the original data. Another thing to note about the TIFF file format ... ... middle of paper ... ... industry standard and it recognized by the ISO as an international standard. Likewise PDF/X is also used with a variety of devices, and allies the user to present images, and text in a single print-ready document. Each of these formats were created with a specific purpose in mind. PDF/X, TIFF, and XMP are all considered to be the standard by the ISO and are used across the printing industry. TIFF which is most commonly used for printing high resolution picture. PDF/X which allows users to view documents in a print-ready format. XMP file format that embed information within the file. Although JDF is not recognized by the ISO, it is still used because it simplifies the exchange of information between programs. All of these file formats are extremely important to the industry, and are used in various points in the printing process, from the beginning to the end.

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