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You Cannot View TIFF Images Using Windows Picture and Fax Viewer

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This article was previously published under Q329270
SYMPTOMS
If you use Windows Picture and Fax Viewer in Windows XP, you may experience the following problems:
  • When you open a multiple-page Tagged Image File Format (TIFF) file, only the first page is displayed correctly. The rest of the pages display as black squares.
  • When you open a TIFF image, the image appears faded and it is unreadable.
If you use Windows 2000 Kodak Image Viewer, you can view these files as expected. Additionally, if you convert these TIFF files to a different compression format by using Windows 2000 Kodak Image Viewer, and then view these files using Windows Picture and Fax Viewer, you can view the files as expected.
CAUSE
Windows Picture and Fax Viewer in Windows XP uses Windows Graphics Device Interface (GDI+). GDI+ supports many standard compression algorithms for faxes. However, it may be incompatible with some of the encoding schemes that are not used frequently.
RESOLUTION
To resolve this problem, disable the PackBit encoding in the software that created the fax. Alternatively, convert these documents to a different format.
STATUS
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.
Windows XP Picture and Fax Viewer, Win2k Kodak Imaging, NT4 Wang PackBits, Imaging Controls, Black Page
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Article ID: 329270 - Last Review: 10/25/2002 07:20:00 - Revision: 1.2

  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
  • kbprb KB329270
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