[pdftex] Why was TIF support removed?

John Culleton john at wexfordpress.com
Mon Jul 14 09:44:19 CEST 2003

On Saturday 12 July 2003 01:22 pm, Hans Hagen wrote:
> At 07:36 12/07/2003 -0400, Jeffrey McArthur wrote:
> > >pdftex does not support TIFF any more. ...
> >
> >Tiff files worked.  Why was it taken out?
> >Including Tiffs has proven a lot more reliable than including PDFs.
> >Particularly including PDFs generated by propritary software.
> there are many kinds of tiffs and keeping up with all its flavors is a
> pain; the problem is that a tiff file needs to be converted to something

I understand the reasons. However Gimp, the most common open source
Photoshop replacement, works in RGB. Most prepress programs expect CMYK.
So the solution has been to save in pnm and use the utility pnmtotiffcmyk. 
Perhaps ImageMagick can do something similar, going from pnm (rgb) to
pdf(cmyk); I don't know. 

In any case the proper workstream for producing a cmyk pdf file for insertion 
in the latest pdftex needs to be addressed. 
John Culleton
Able Typesetters & Indexers

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