How To: View TIFF images in Microsoft Document Imaging (MDI) generated by sderaster


TIFF files written by sderaster store data from a different band separately, instead of interleaved by pixel. Microsoft Office Document Imaging uses Microsoft Document Imaging Format, a file format based on the Tagged Image File Format (TIFF) that is designed to store images by page layout.

The sderaster command writes a valid TIFF format that can be read by most TIFF readers; however, Microsoft Document Imaging cannot read TIFF files that are formatted this way.


Instructions provided describe how to view TIFF images generated by the sderaster command in Microsoft Document Imaging.

  1. Load the TIFF image into ArcMap/ArcCatalog.
  2. Right-click the image and select 'Export Data' to export the TIFF file to a TIFF with another name. Make sure the exported format is TIFF.

    Users can also use tiffcp (a tool that comes from the libtiff.org library) to change the pixel layout from separate to interleaved.

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