Reduce size of Multipage Tiff Files

Posted on 2006-04-22
Last Modified: 2012-08-14
Hi All,

Does any one know of any application that can reduce the size of multipage tiff files. We have a doc management system that scans in all incoming mail. Docs were meant to be scanned in B&W at 200dpi but some one changed the settings to Full Color 300dpi and the files are 50MB each instead of 0.5Mb each.

Thanking you,

Question by:CSEAITDept
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    by:David Brugge
    You can set up an action in PhotoShop that will open all of the tiff files in a folder, convert them to B&W, downsample to 200 dpi, and save them to a different folder.

    Or you can get a freeware program that will do the same at:
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    Here's a tutorial that may be helpful.

    Author Comment

    Just to clarify more,

    It is multipage, not multiple tiff files. when i open them in paint shop pro it opens each page of the tiff file as an indivual image.  Say letter.tiff has 4 pages PSP opens them as letter1, letter2 etc and will not save them as one file as before. Windows image and fax viewer opens these files and you can flick from page to page in this application but you cannot reduce the quality or change to B&W.


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    Adobe owns the license to the TIFF format. While the multi page tiff is a powerful format, it is not being supported very much by Adobe because all of their marketing efforts go towards their other multi-page format, PDF.

    As a result, it’s hard to find programs that support multi-page tiffs (as if you didn’t already know)
    When you do find them, they are tend to be very specialized programs and tend to be very expensive.

    Here is a list of programs that support multi-page tiff formats. I have looked at some of the sites. They talk about the ability to edit multi-page documents but non get about your requirements. Many can do batch processing and many of them have evaluation copies available for download

    I would contact some of these companies with your needs and see if someone comes through. I’m sorry, I don’t have any personal recommendations. There are also TIFF users forums that you can google that may have more information.

    Cerious ThumbsPlus (Win only):

    Crown Image:

    Hewlett Packard "imageview" (included with HP-UX):

    Northern Development Group "SwiftView" (multi-platform):

    Spicer "Imagenation" (multi-platform):

    TDF Corporation "Personal Image Edition" (Win & OS/2):

    TMS Sequoia (multi-platform):

    ViewFax (for X Windows):

    Visioneer PaperPort (Win & Mac):

    I hope this helps.

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    by:David Brugge
    "documents but non get about you"..
    should read:
    "documents, but none of them give any details about your"....

    (deduct one letter grade and send a note home to my parents!)

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