Tiff Fax Viewer: Written iPhone App Review
Tagged Image File Format (TIFF) is not the most flexible of files to handle on the iOS. They tend to be fairly large and unwieldly, although they preserve image detail far better than the popular JPEG format. TIFF is widely used by graphic design artist, as well as in many digital word processing, faxing and copying systems. Tiff Fax Viewer, from developer i’m Apps, offers an affordable way to view multi-page TIFF fax images on your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad.
Tiff Fax Viewer adds TIFF image opening options to your iOS email browser options, allowing you to directly “open with” TIFF images, including multi-page faxes, from your Gmail. Once loaded, Tiff Fax Viewer allows you view files in a number of different views with zoom and other standard image viewing options. You can then export the files, import from copy/paste, email them, or even change file formats to the popular PDF and JPEG file types. Page naviagaiton is impressively quicky, with a wheel navigation option to speed between multi-page faxes. Files appear sharp and crisp, plus the additional language support (both English and Chinese) doesn’t hurt either.
Appearance and Layout:
Frankly, Tiff Fax Viewer is a fairly bland-appearing app. That’s not to say it isn’t useful, just that the overall graphic design layout isn’t exactly pleasing to the eye. Buttons and tabs are basic, standard iOS fare, with the landing page looking like it was created with clip art and Microsoft Word. However, the layout is still fairly decent and allows for easy, simple browsing without many distracting additional icons and options. Most users should be able to figure out Tiff Fax Viewer from the get-go, even without the use of the good help guide offered through iTunes or via the developers website email.
At $1.99, Tiff Fax Viewer isn’t terribly pricey and it meets an important need for iOS users. There’s some nice options to be found in this app, including the JPEG and PDF export options and the multi-touch functions. However, the drab layout won’t win it any graphic design points, as neither will the higher iOS version requirements. Still, I would recommend at least looking into Tiff Fax Viewer if you need a dependable and no-frills iOS TIFF image viewer, especially for multi-page faxes.
Tiff Fax Viewer iPhone app requires iOS 4.3 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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