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Image File Formats Fact Sheet

This fact sheet gives an overview of the extensive number of industry standard file formats supported by our scanners and software for capture, management and output of scanned originals.

These do not include software formats specific to programs for example PhotoShop PSD, PowerPoint PPT.

We have a large number of additional formats via our software packages.

More than 50 different image file formats are supported, ensuring
co-operation with most graphics, publishing, CAD and GIS applications.

Raster file formats

Color and Graytone file formats

 

 

Printer/Plotter output file formats

Scanned Files

 

 

 

 

Raster File Formats

 
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Bmp
The widely used raster file format from Microsoft Corp.
 
Cal – CALS1
CALS Type1 untiled format, compatible with CCITT Group4 format (CALS Computer Acquisition and Logistics System, MILR28002A).
 
Cal – CALS2
CALS Type2 tiled format, compatible with CCITT Group4 format (CALS Computer Acquisition and Logistics System, MILR28002A).
 
Cit
INTERGRAPH Inc. compatible CCITT Group4 format (Intergraph type 24).
 
Cut
For the Media Cybernetics Dr. HALO raster editor.
 
Dxb - TR
This is a trace subset of AutoCAD's Drawing Exchange Binary File Format (DXB), about 10 times more compressed than DXF.
 
Dxf - TR
This is a trace subset of the general Drawing Exchange File Format (DXF), supported by many CAD Systems, including AutoCAD. As DXF is written as a simple ASCII file it is easily ported between Computer systems.
 
Eps
Encapsulated postscript format. Works with many Desk Top Publishing software packages.
 
G3
GTX Corp. compatible CCITT Group 3 runlength compressed file format.
 
G4
GTX Corp. compatible CCITT Group4 file format.
 
Gr4
ABB Engineering Automation Inc. compatible CCITT Group4 format
 
Hrf
Hitachi Inc. CADCore format.
 
Ig4
Softdesks Group4 format.
 
Img - CADCamera
Raster file format originating from AutoDesk's CADcamera application.
 
Img - CADmate
General raster file format supported by Microtek.
 
Img - GEM
originating from Digital Research Inc. GEM applications
 
Pcx
The widely used file format originating from Z-Soft PC Paintbrush.
 
Pcx - MU
Generic FAX format. The scanned file is stored in multiple files, each in the Pcx format. Most PC FAX Card applications will accept Pcx files as input.
 
PDF
Adobe Portable Document Format
 
Pic
Apple MacIntosh scanned pict, file format.
 
Ras
Sun raster format.
 
Rlc - CADOverlay
Originating from Softdesk CADoverlay and ViewBase. CADoverlay can be used to take raster images in as an overlay in AutoCAD
 
Rlc – Xerox
Xerox Corp. Rlc file format supported e.g by Pro Scan applications.
 
Rle
INTERGRAPH Inc. compatible runlength compressed format (Intergraph type 9).
 
Rnl
Used by GTX corporation overlay CAD systems and Raster To Vector conversion systems.
 
Rst
Indigo Graphics Systems Inc. raster format.
 
Scn
Orignating from Scangraphics Inc. and Eldak Raster To Vector conversion and raster editor applications.
 
Tif - Fax
TIFF variant supporting FAX boards.
 
Tif - Gp3
Group3 runlength compressed raster version of TIFF.
 
Tif - Gp4
Group4 compressed raster version of TIFF.
 
Tif - LZW
LZW compressed raster version of TIFF.
 
Tif - Pack
Packbits byte oriented run-length compressed raster version of TIFF, similar to MacIntosh packbit format.
 
Tif – Uncompr.
Uncompressed raster version of TIFF, supported by many vendors.
 
Tif - WW
The runlength compressed TIFF variant compatible with the Wicks & Wilson aperture card scanners.
 
Vif
ABB Engineering Automation Inc. compatible runlength format.
 
Wpf
Compatible with the Wicks & Wilson aperture card scanners.
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Color/Graytone File Formats

 
Bmp
The color and graytone version of the .bmp file format from Microsoft Corp.
 
Igs
Softdesk’ uncompressed graytone format.
 
Jpg
The JPEG color and graytone file format (Joint Photographers Experts Group, ISO 109181).
 
Pcl
Hewlett Packard color, graytone and raster output file format for printers.
 
Pcx
The color and graytone version of the Pcx file format as defined by Z-Soft.
 
PDF
Adobe Portable Document Format
 
Ras
Sun color and graytone format
 
Rtl
Hewlett Packard RTL color, graytone and raster output file format supporting InkJet /Laser printer/plotters.
 
Tif - LZW
LZW compressed color and graytone version of TIFF.
 
Tif - Pack
Packbit compressed color and graytone version of TIFF.
 
Tif – Uncompr.
Uncompressed color and graytone version of TIFF.
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Printer/Plotter File Formats

 
Cal
Generic CALS* raster output file format supported by many printer/plotter manufacturers.
 
Crf
CalComp Inc. Large Format plotter direct raster output format.
 
Jdl
Japan Digital Laboratory Inc Large format plotter direct raster output format.
 
Ltx
Roland Inc. Large Format plotter direct raster output format.
 
Pcl
Hewlett Packard color, graytone and raster output file format for printers.
 
Rtl
Hewlett Packard RTL color, graytone and raster output file format supporting InkJet /Laser printer/plotters.
 
Tif
Generic Group4 compressed raster output version of TIFF, supported by many printer/plotter manufacturers.
 
Ver
Xerox Corp. Large Format plotter direct raster output format.

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Scanned Files
 
The data in a scanned file is color, graytone or raster data.
 
Color information is stored as RGB (24 bit) or indexed color (8 or 4 bit)
 
Graytone information is stored graytone bytes (8 bit)
 
Raster information is stored as pixels (1 bit), each bit determined by whether the original was black or white at that point.
 
Compatibility of the supported file formats is ensured with a wide variety of appliations designed to work with color, graytone and raster information, such as Graphics Editors, Viewers, Color RIPs, CAD overlay, Raster To Vector (RTV), GIS, Drawing Archival and Publishing programs.
If you find other file formats associated with Scanning and Printing please email us the details and we will include them within this list.
 
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