PDF vs TIFF Comparison

Posted on | July 16, 2010 | No Comments

PDF VS TIFF Comparison

TIFF is a royalty-free universal
standard format.
TIFF is a raster image of a document that contains
no embedded fonts, formatting or other platform-specific variable.
TIFF is the de facto standard for scanned,
faxed or archived documents.
TIFF is compatible with virtually all hardware
and software platforms.
PDF® is an open
standard Portable Document Format (PDF) based on PostScript® Page
Description Language developed and controlled by Adobe, Inc.
PDF’s unique feature is that all fonts, formatting,
colors and graphics are preserved regardless of the application used to create
the original file.
PDFs are widely used and accessible; requires
free viewer application to access.
PDFs are compatible with a wide range of hardware
and software platforms.
PDF is the de facto standard for all electronic
document exchange.
File Size
There are many factors that determine
the size of either file type.  The average size of a Group 4 compressed
TIFF of a billing statement page is 27kb.  You can create an all raster
PDF, which will be the same size as a TIFF.  Or, you can create a mixed
text, raster graphic and vector graphics PDF with embedded fonts, which will
be larger than a single-page TIFF, but smaller than a 100-page TIFF.  Or,
you can create a mixed text and vector graphic PDF with referenced fonts, which
will normally be the smallest, fastest and most device/resolution-independent
file size.  It all depends on what type of PCL you start with.
Search Capability
The text contents of OCR’d TIFFs
are fully searchable, although PDFs offer improved viewing of
“hits” directly on the image.
Although there are many factors that determine
the accuracy of OCR technology, it is generally considered to be 90-99% accurate.
PDF files can be generated as
fully text searchable.
Unlike TIFFs, you can search for hits directly
on the image.
Index keywords can be stored in the PDF header
for faster searching across many files in a folder.
Vendor Support
TIFFs are supported by all major
imaging and Electronic Document Delivery vendors.
PDFs are supported by all major
imaging and Electronic Document Delivery vendors.


Both TIFFs and PDFs
are widely used in e-Billing, Mortgage Loan, Insurance, Tax Preparation and Legal
TIFF is the most widely used imaging
and OCR format, and its future is not tied to any single company.
The PDF platform is growing in
usage and popularity as an accepted e-paper format.
The future of PDF is tied to its developer,
Adobe, Inc.
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