I trust you know, dear reader, that the only thing dumber than a TIFF file is converting your entire e-discovery collection to TIFF images for review. But, while wholesale TIFF conversion will forever be monumentally stupid and profligate, it appears TIFF files just acquired a few brain cells.
At risk of being revealed as the last kid on the block to figure this out, I learned today that Microsoft offers a way to smarten up TIFF images such that load files--those hinky, stinky electronic bills of lading that must accompany TIFF image productions to make them usable--may no longer be needed.
For those new to this topic, TIFF stands for Tagged Image File Format. Think of a TIFF as a still photo of a document, either one snapshot per page (single page TIFF) or a snapshot of all the pages laid out on the floor (multipage TIFF). I call TIFFs "dumb" because, unlike the native electronic versions of the documents they replace, TIFFs can't be searched electronically and don't function like native files. To anthropomorphize, TIFFs are so dumb, they don't know what they say. They're especially brain dead when used to replace spreadsheets or other formats which wither on the printed page. To offset their low IQ, TIFFs need literate escorts in the form of load files carrying the document's textual content and metadata.
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By: Craig Ball