Downsize TIFF file

Posted on 2012-08-28
Last Modified: 2012-08-28
I have a few programs, usually when I want to down re-size my images, I just use ACDSSee.

But these are TIF file - a lot about 500 pages - medical records.  Right now, each one is 20M

I have Adonor Photoshope - I just would like to keep thr qulsity / integrity of the files

Thank you!
Question by:coreybryant
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    Hi Corey,
    The reason they're so large is probably because they're uncompressed TIFF files. There are various TIFF compression techniques. I suggest trying IrfanView, an excellent freeware that I've been using for many years:

    Click the Download link on the left to download IrfanView and click the PlugIns link on the left to download the PlugIns, which are needed to give you PDF capability (in your current situation, all you need is TIFF, but in case you want to be able to convert to PDF files, it's nice to have the PDF PlugIn). Install IrfanView first, then install the PlugIns. Run IrfanView and open your TIF file, then do a File>Save As. Select TIF in the [Save as type] drop-down, and you will see these options:
    IrfanView TIFF compression optionsI suggest CCITT Fax 4 (also called ITU-T Group 4), which should reduce the file size significantly, but still with good quality. You may also want to experiment with the other TIF compression options to see what works best for you, as well as trying to save as a PDF file, in which case the Save As dialog will have a Compression tab with various settings that you can experiment with. Regards, Joe
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    Thanks - that seems to be working.   I was playing with the batch option - since I have about 488 pages of these medical records.  

    When I go to the File - Batch, I choose the PDF (I am happy with that, when they were scanned, they were just scanned this way).  I can always keep an original on one of the other drives of course.    But it seems that it wants me to choose options for each one.

    Is there a way to just convert them all?  I noticed there is the advanced options (for bulk resize) and looked at it.
    IrfanView - Save SettingsBut when I hit save, it wants me to save as an .ini file and I did not know if that is OK or not?

    And if these settings are OK for the PDFs?

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    Assisted Solution

    by:Joe Winograd, EE MVE
    OK, so you do a File>Batch Conversion/Rename, click the Advanced button, and set the RESIZE parameters (make sure the [Apply changes to all pages (TIF/PDF saving)] is checked). Then you come back to the [Batch conversion] dialog. Click the [Batch conversion - Rename result files] radio button at the top and that will activate the [Batch rename settings], which was grayed out when you had [Batch conversion] checked. Now click the Options button next to the [Name pattern] field and set up the renaming pattern, such as $N (old file name). Now navigate to the folder where your TIF files are (in the [Look in] field, click the [Add all] button to add all of the files (make sure [Include subdirectories] is checked if you have subdirs), then click Start Batch. That will do them all automatically without any prompts! Regards, Joe
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    Author Closing Comment

    Hm, well it almost worked.   That name pattern was not ungreyed, but in the PDF, I went into options and unchecked security.  In the Advanced options, I just put 100% - I did not want anything changed.

    So it is working.  Thanks!
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    by:Joe Winograd, EE MVE
    You're welcome. Very glad to hear it's working! Regards, Joe

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