Appending Multiple Files Into a Single TIFF Image

Creating a single multi-page TIFF file from several different documents is an easy task with Raster Image Printer. Once append mode is turned on, and the name and location of the output TIFF file is set, simply print the files to Raster Image Printer in the order in which you want them to appear in the TIFF file.

The TIFF append options are controlled through the Save tab on the Printing Preferences dialog. Close any open applications that you will be printing from before making changes as not all applications will see your changes until they are re-started. Changing the options using the following steps is a global change, meaning that all applications will use these settings when printing to Raster Image Printer.

Step by Step Instructions

 

You can make the same changes outlined below through the Properties button on each application's Print dialog as you print your files, but it is generally easier to make this change once, and then print all the files.

 

The following steps show how to turn on the append mode and set up the resulting file name to create a TIFF file containing a fax header page printed from Microsoft Word® followed by an e-mail message printed from Microsoft Outlook®.

1.From the Windows Start menu, go to All Programs - Raster Image Printer  11.0 - Properties...

2.Click on the Save tab in the Printing Preferences dialog.

Select TIFFMultipaged (*.tif) from the Type drop-down list box.

Click the Append to file check box to turn on append mode. Append mode will append to an existing file if that file already exists, or it will create a new file if no file of that name is found.

In the Output Directory field, type in the folder where you want to save your TIFF images. You can also use the Browse... button to find a folder on your computer. If the field is left blank, the Documents folder is used by default.

In the Filename field, type in the base name you want to use for your TIFF image. This name needs to be the same each time you print for the pages to be appended.

3.Click the Apply button and then the OK button to set the changes.  If the output directory you typed in does not exist, you will be prompted to confirm creation of the new directory.

4.Open your first document and select File - Print from your application. In our sample, this would be the fax header printed from Microsoft Word®.

In the printer field choose the Raster Image Printer 11.0 from the list of printers.

Click the OK button on the Print dialog (or the appropriate button on your application's print dialog) to send the document to the printer.

5.The Save Image File dialog will appear with the Save in:, File name: and other file save options set as specified in Step 2. Leave this information as shown and click the Save button to create the TIFF image.

6.Open the second document, and select File - Print from your application.  In our sample, this would be the e-mail message printed from Microsoft Outlook®.

7.The Save Image File dialog will again appear with the Save in, File name: and file save options set as specified in Step 2. The TIFF image created in Step 5 is now listed in the folder. Click the Save button to append (add) the new page(s) to the existing TIFF image.

8.When you open the new TIFF image in your TIFF viewer you will see that all pages from the two documents are in the file. In our sample each file had a single page; this resulted in a two-page TIFF image. Please note that not all image viewers will properly display multi-page TIFF images.