Open JIFF files

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Have you encountered a problem with a JIFF file? Don’t you know which program opens a file with this extension? You will find all the information you need about working with a JIFF file here. In the further part of this page we have added a list of programs that should open your JIFF file. It is enough you choose a proper application for your operating system, download and install it.

What is JIFF file?

A JIFF file contains bitmap image data in JPEG format. This format is produced by most digital cameras and is the most widely used format for pictures on the Internet.

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JIFF files are much smaller than comparable image formats. This is achieved through the use of lossy compression. As the compression rate increases, these losses become visible and are noticeable by image noise and blocks in the image. With low compression, also referred to as high quality, these losses are barely noticeable despite the significantly smaller file size.

JIFF files can not contain transparency information. They are also not suitable for further image processing, since the losses of image information when repeatedly storing an image add up. This means that even when using a quality of 100% and thus the least compression, the noise in the image increases with each saving.

The JPEG format is not suitable for line drawings and rastered images, eg newspaper images. Here the losses due to the compression are immediately obvious. The file extension JIFF is the abbreviation for JPEG Interchange Format.

JIFF files can also contain so-called metadata. These are usually stored by digital cameras. You can include a lot of information about the picture. From the camera's data, exposure time and aperture, to the GPS location information of the location where the photo was taken.

JPEG data is also included in files ending in jpeg, jpg, jif and jpe. If the extension of the file is not recognized directly, it can also be changed to one of the others.

Every current operating system today contains an image viewer that can display JPEG files. There is also a large number of free or commercial programs.

Programs which can open a JIFF file

How to open file with JIFF extension?

In order to open a file with JIFF extension one of the following programs must be installed on user’s system. If a problem with opening JIFF file occurred, it is highly possible that none of the listed programs is present on user’s system. Even if one or more said programs are installed, there may be issues related with given programs. In order to solve a problem with JIFF files, follow the instructions below.
Install Apple Preview or other program from the list

Most often resolving problems with opening JIFF files is very simple. Just install an appropriate program that supports such files. All of the listed programs support JIFF files, but may vary in offered function and purpose. Some programs may be capable only of viewing contents of JIFF files or offer file conversion options, but may not be capable of editing such files.

Set Apple Preview as the default program for opening JIFF files

It is possible that although a compatible program has been installed on user’s system, it is not used by the system to open it. This may happen because no default application was associated with this type of files. To associate JIFF files with given application, select "Open with" from drop-down menu (accessed by right-clicking on the file). Then select from the list the program or application you want to be used to open this type of file. If the Apple Preview applications is not on the list, select "Browse" option in order to manually locate the directory where Apple Preview has been installed.


Check the section that lists most common problems with JIFF files

Sometimes problems with opening JIFF files may not lie with the application itself, but can arise due to other causes, such as:

  • File data is corrupted
  • JIFF files has been not been completely download from the internet (only a part of the data has been downloaded)
  • Currently used user account hasn’t been granted necessary privileges to open JIFF files (should that be the case, please contact your system administrator or IT specialist)
  • JIFF file was being copied from a corrupted storage device and is incomplete or data is corrupted. (Copying files from unknown or untrusted sources should be conducted with great care as such files may contain malicious software, which can damage your system)

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