Here’s my situation that I’ve come upon a few time in the last few weeks.
As the family historian I’ve got a lot of photos. I’ve been taking my time and scanning them. In my research in reading and talking to archivists, I’ve been told that I should save my photos as .tiff files. That’s what I’ve been doing for the last couple of years.
Since I haven’t needed to do much with them but scan the photos that’s what I’ve been doing. However, in the last month or so I’ve wanted to print the photos out. Well I’ve had problem with that, Target will not print photos in the .tiff format. They told me that .tiff files do not have a high enough resolution to be printed, but all my .tiff files are much bigger then their .jpg files. I’ve also been told that .tiff files are the best way to save files as they are not compressed.
Today I also tried to upload .tiff photos to Picasa and it would not let me. I had to convert the files to .jpg for them to get uploaded.
Is there something about .tiff files that I’m missing? Why am I having such a problem with them when I’ve been told to go that way. I’d rather not go through all the work that I have and have them not be usable in years to come.