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How to View Tif & Max Files

TIF Files

The multi-layer tif images are viewable through Wangimg.exe or Kodakimg.exe, which comes with Windows98 and is already associated with tif files in Microsoft's Internet Explorer in Windows98. If you are having problems viewing the TIF images and are seeing only an icon for QuickTime that has been "broken" - then Quicktime needs to be disassociated as the TIF viewer. See Quicktime instructions for students and Notes from the Apple Tech Info Library.

Windows XP and Windows 2000 do not have Kodakimg as a plug-in.  An alternative would be Prizm software from TMSSequoia which works on a variety of platforms.  Ordering and installation instructions are on their website.

If you are using Netscape and wish to associate these tif images with the Wangimg.exe or Kodakimg.exe, read the following instructions:

    To install Wangimg.exe or Kodakimg.exe

    These programs come with Windows 95 and 98 respectively. To associate in Netscape, open Netscape and:

      1. go to Edit menu and Preferences
      2. click on the + next to Navigator
      3. click on Applications
      4. scroll down list to TIFF Image and highlight
      5. click Edit button
      6. be sure that the "Application window" has the path statement for the viewer executable followed by a %1 (e.g., c:\windows\WangImg.Exe "%1").
      7. click OK twice and you are ready to use the viewer.


    If the TIF/TIFF Image does not appear on the list of applications you will need to add it. Follow steps 1, 2, 3, above.

      4. click on "New Type" button
      5. "Description of type:" = application
      6. "File extension" = tif
      7. "MIME type" = application
      8. "Application to Use:" - click on Browse and go to the directory where you installed the viewer; usually c:\windows and highlight the wangimg.exe and click on "Open" . Be sure to add the %1 as in step 7. above.
      9. click OK twice and you are ready to use the viewer.
MAX Files

To view max files within your browser, you need to have the free Scansoft Paperport Viewer for windows installed.

To install PaperPort Viewer in Netscape:

     Once you have Netscape installed, go back to the software directory to /ppview and click on the setupex.exe to install the PaperPort viewer. When
     PaperPort is installed, open Netscape and
          1. go to Edit menu and Preferences
          2. click on the + next to Navigator
          3. click on Applications
          4. scroll down list to PaperPort Viewer and highlight
          5. click Edit button
          6. be sure that the "Application window" has the path statement for the viewer executable followed by a %1 (e.g., c:\ppviewer\ppviewer.exe %1).
          7. click OK twice and you are ready to use the viewer.

     If the PaperPort Viewer does not appear on the list of applications you will need to add it. Follow steps 1, 2, 3, above.
          4. click on "New Type" button
          5. "Description of type: = application"
          6. "File extension = max"
          7. "MIME type = application"
          8. "Application to Use: - click on Browse and go to the directory where you installed the viewer; usually c:\ppviewer and highlight the ppviewer.exe and
          click on "Open" . Be sure to add the %1 as in step 7. above.
          9. click OK twice and you are ready to use the viewer.


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