TIFF & HEIC Media Files Now Supported in Mindee

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Jun 17, 2022

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Mindee APIs are compatible with some of the most popular file formats: PDFs, JPEGs, PNGs, and WEBPs. In our most recent updates, we have added the TIFF and HEIC formats to our list of supported media file formats to ensure you can extract information from more types of documents.

What is a TIFF file?

TIFF is an acronym that refers to Tag Image File Format, and it is a type of file that may be used to contain raster graphics as well as image data. In comparison to JPEG files, TIFF file sizes are usually much larger. You can store high-quality photos of your documents or images in TIFFs. TIFF files are often used to hold scanned company documents, patient files, student files, and government data since they compress effectively.

Features of a TIFF File:

  • Have extensions ending in .tiff or .tif.
  • Natively supported in macOS, Windows, or Linux.
  • They can be compressed using lossless compression, which means the image is reduced without any quality loss, but with a smaller file size reduction.
  • It can be in multiple page formats, which means that if a user sends a multi-page tiff file, all the pages will be processed similarly to what is done with the PDF documents.

What is a HEIC File?

HEIC is an acronym for High-Efficiency Image Container. The format is an improved version of Apple’s High-Efficiency Image Format (HEIF), which has been used on its mobile devices since iOS 11.

When you snap a picture of a document with your iPhone or iPad, the image or pictures (in the case of dual cameras and live shots) are saved as HEIC files by default.

Features of a HEIC File:

  • Have extension ending in .heic.
  • Compatible with only IOS devices and macOS by default. Some Linux distros also support it and starting with Windows 10, you can easily install a HEVC extension from the Microsoft Store.
  • Contains the metadata for each picture, such as its size, resolution, and location.
  • Are space-saving and still offer high-quality images.
  • Image derivations enabling non-destructive image editing.

When sending documents to the Mindee API, you can use any of the supported formats!

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