File format for storing and exchanging bitmapped or raster images (i.e., scans and images created in paint and photo-retouching programs). This standard can represent black & white, grayscale, and color images. It is commonly used in page layout applications. TIFF was originally developed by Aldus Corporation (now part of Adobe Systems) late in 1985. Microsoft played a role in the drafting of TIFF which led to TIFF's acceptance on both the Macintosh and Windows world.