Software for Viewing TIFF Images

TIFF imaging options for Windows

Imaging for Windows
Although most browsers support display of jpg and gif images, an external viewer or plug-in is required for viewing TIFF images. Imaging for Windows® offers users basic desktop image viewing including TIFF files. Developed for Microsoft, it is currently included as an accessory in every copy of Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT, and Windows 2000. Since it is part of the standard install, you may already have Imaging for Windows installed on your desktop. To find out if you do, click on the “Start” button, select “Programs” and then “ Accessories,” and look for “Imaging.” Early versions of Windows 95 did not have this software and those users can download it free of charge. Users with later version of Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT 4.0, and Windows 2000 users can obtain this software directly from their operating system CDs. Window XP users can use the included Windows Picture and Fax Viewer. Windows Picture and Fax Viewer is a Windows application and not a browser plug-in.

Various other programs are available for viewing TIFF images. The table below shows free and low cost viewers and plug-ins for Windows and various other Operating Systems that are available for download.

Note: Some settings in QuickTime, Nero, and other software products may conflict with tif viewer software. If you are unable to view a tiff file with one of the viewers below, contact your PC support service for assistance.

Available viewers and plug-ins for tiff files:

Viewers Available at OS Compatibility Comments
Brava Reader! Windows 2000, XP


Pic Viewer Windows 9x, Me, NT, 2000, XP

$20 shareware

IrfanView32 Windows 9x, NT, 2000, XP Free for non-commercial use.
Nico's Viewer Windows 9x, Me, NT, 2000, XP


Xnview Win 3.1,Win 9x, WinNT, Win2000, Win XP, Linux x86,FreeBSD, Silicon Graphics (Irix 5.6), Solaris 2.6, BeOS x86 Free for noncommercial use.
Acdseeclassic Win 9x, WinNT, Win2000, Mac 30 day free evaluation
NIH Image Macintosh Public Domain
ImageMagick X windows (Win 9x, Win 2000, Linux, Unix, OS2, VMS, Mac) Free. If you don't know what X Windows is then this is NOT for you.
AlternaTIFF Win 9x, WinNT, Win2000
Free, but registration required. For IE or Netscape 
TiffSurfer Basic view only Win 9x, WinNT, Win2000
Graphic Converter or
Mac OS 7 or later $35 shareware

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