pdf is good as many people out there have acrobat reader, tiff is useful sometimes too, we have a printer that will print tiffs without using any viewing software (ie just send the tiff to the print queue), but most people would need a viewer to view it (I believe XP can open in picture viewer)
It really depends on how the file is to be used. Each is desgined for
different purposes. Here are the pros and cons as I see them. Keep in mind I
am just comparing these two specific file types and no others.
Higher resolution normally
Can be georeferenced (placed in real world coordinates using a world file)
Useable in most CAD, GIS, and Office software
Makes great source to create compressed image formats such as jpeg, Mr. SID,
ECW, & GIF which will lose some resolution due to compression.
Large file size
Not web friendly
Not secure & can be edited
Small file size
Can be secured
Familiar format for most computer users
Uses compression so resolution can suffer
Can not be directly inserted into most CAD, GIS, or Office programs
Can not be georeferenced
As you can see it will depend on what you wish to do with the file. If you
wish to produce a secure document you can share with others then PDF is the
way to go. If you wish to create a file for use as a back drop in AutoCAD
then Tiff is the way to go between these two file types.
Tripp Corbin, GISP, MCP
Associate Vice President, GIS/Mapping
ESRI Authorized Instructor
Keck & Wood, Inc.
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If i needed to plot a .dwg file to a .tiff file or a .pdf file, can someone
tell me which would be a better format as far as file size, flexibility for
What are the pros and cons to using a .tiff file as opposed to a .pdf?