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Re: Version 4.0 - Importing TIF files

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  • Subject: [mg18125] Re: Version 4.0 - Importing TIF files
  • From: "Stephen P Luttrell" <luttrell at>
  • Date: Fri, 18 Jun 1999 00:51:34 -0400
  • Organization: Defence Evaluation and Research Agency
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> I am running Version 4.0 and I am trying to import TIF files.  As a
> test, I created a TIF file by converting an existing graphic file.  I
> was successful in importing the TIF file.  I then tried to import a TIF
> file created by another process.  The process is as follows:  I take a
> stellar spectra using a CCD camera, and convert the image file from its
> proprietary format to a TIF format by using the software package MIRA.
> MIRA is an astronomical image processing program.  I cannot import the
> TIF fie created in this fashion.  I get an error message that reads
> "Incorrect  TIF format"  What constitutes a correct TIF format from an
> incorrect TIF format?  Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

I have $Version = "4.0 for Microsoft Windows (April 21, 1999)".

I just created doodles using both Corel Photo-Paint 7.467 and PaintShop Pro
4.12 (shareware from, and then saved them as
a TIF files. These both imported OK into Mathematica using
Import["name.ext"], and then displayed correctly using Show.

So, if I had a TIF that wasn't quite the right format (as far as Mathematica
was concerned), I would try to read it into one of these packages (which
might be less fussy than Mathematica), and then save it back to disk again
in what would hopefully be the right format.

Stephen P Luttrell
Signal Processing and Imagery Department
DERA Malvern, St.Andrew's Road
Malvern, United Kingdom, WR14 3PS

+44 (0)1684 894046 (tel)
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luttrell at (email)

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