AlternaTIFF

Version 2.0.6
Developed by Medical Informatics Engineering, Inc.

In this document:
   Introduction
   Installation
   Uninstallation
   Program Features
   Supported Image Types
   Terms of Use
   Feedback
At the AlternaTIFF web site:
   Answers to frequently asked questions
   Release notes
   Technical documentation
   Full terms of use
   Information on purchasing licensed copies

Introduction

AlternaTIFF is free browser add-on which can display most of the common types of TIFF image files. It is available in two versions: an ActiveX control for Internet Explorer, and a Netscape-style browser plug-in for most other web browsers. The plug-in also works in some versions of Internet Explorer. It requires Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7/etc., and a supported web browser. It is intended to work with 32- and 64-bit versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer, and 32-bit versions of most other browsers (Firefox, Opera, Chrome, etc.).

Installation

AlternaTIFF is available in two forms: a ActiveX control for Internet Explorer, and a Netscape-style plug-in for most other web browsers.

Installation of the ActiveX version

The AlternaTIFF web site may offer a way to automatically install over the web.

The ActiveX version is also available in a ZIP file that can be downloaded and installed manually. To install, download the alternatiff-ax-wXX-2.x.x.zip file; then create a folder (for example, "C:\Program Files\AlternaTIFF") and unzip the contents of the ZIP file into it. Run the "install.bat" script to register the ActiveX control with Windows. You should see the message "DllRegisterServer in alttiff.ocx succeeded." Note that the alttiff.ocx file must remain at that location in order for it to work.

You will be instructed to register the first time you attempt to view a TIFF file, if you have not previously registered either the plug-in or the ActiveX control.

Installation of the Netscape plug-in version

Download and open the alternatiff-pl-w32-2.x.x.exe file.

AlternaTIFF must be registered before it can be used to view images. If you have never registered it before, you will be shown a form to fill out for automatic registration over the internet. This feature requires an active internet connection. (It will attempt to use Internet Explorer's proxy settings, if available.) If your computer does not have a direct internet connection, press the "Manual registration" button to allow you to enter an activation key that can be generated at any time at a web site.

If you are not able to complete the registration at this time, you can still continue with the installation by pressing Cancel. However, the plug-in will not display images until it is registered. Registration can be completed later when the plug-in is in use, or by re-running the install program.

After the registration step (if necessary), you will see a dialog box that allows you to choose where to install AlternaTIFF. In most cases, an appropriate location will be suggested, and there's no need to change it. Press the Install button to complete the installation.

Uninstallation

Uninstallation of the ActiveX version

Try one or more of the methods below, depending on how you installed AlternaTIFF, and the versions of Internet Explorer and Windows you're using.

If you've used AlternaTIFF since you last restarted Internet Explorer, it's best to first close all IE sessions, and restart IE.

Uninstallation of the ActiveX version - auto-installed, IE 8+

Uninstallation of the ActiveX version - auto-installed, IE 7

Uninstallation of the ActiveX version - auto-installed, Windows XP or earlier versions of Windows

Uninstallation of the ActiveX version - if you manually installed from the ZIP file

Uninstallation of the Netscape plug-in version

To uninstall AlternaTIFF, re-run the setup program (alternatiff-pl-w32-2_x_x.exe). If it displays a registration form, press Cancel. Then press the Uninstall button.

AlternaTIFF Features

Program features accessible from the tool bar: You can access AlternaTIFF's menu from the toolbar button, or by clicking the right mouse button anywhere on the image or toolbar. You can use the menu to do everthing you can do from the toolbar, with the following additions:

Supported TIFF Images and Features

Among the image types AlternaTIFF supports: Among the types of images and TIFF features that AlternaTIFF does not support:

Troubleshooting

Please see the AlternaTIFF FAQ for troubleshooting tips.

Terms of use

The following applies only to the "free" version of AlternaTIFF, and not to any specially licensed versions that you may have purchased from Medical Informatics Engineering. Complete terms of use are available at http://www.alternatiff.com/terms.html.

AlternaTIFF
Copyright © 1998-2013 Medical Informatics Engineering, Inc.

AlternaTIFF is provided free of charge. You may use it however you like, for whatever you like (personal or commercial use), for as long as you like, at no cost. AlternaTIFF must be registered on each computer on which it is used. You are allowed to redistribute AlternaTIFF, but you may only distribute it in unmodified form.

DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTY

The software is provided "AS IS" and without warranty of any kind and Medical Informatics Engineering expressly disclaims all other warranties, express or implied, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. Under no circumstances shall Medical Informatics Engineering be liable for any incidental, special or consequential damages that result from the use or inability to use the software or related documentation, even if Medical Informatics Engineering has been advised of the possibility of such damages.

AlternaTIFF uses code from LIBTIFF, which carries the following license and copyright:
LIBTIFF
Copyright © 1988-1997 Sam Leffler
Copyright © 1991-1997 Silicon Graphics, Inc.

Permission to use, copy, modify, distribute, and sell this software and its documentation for any purpose is hereby granted without fee, provided that (i) the above copyright notices and this permission notice appear in all copies of the software and related documentation, and (ii) the names of Sam Leffler and Silicon Graphics may not be used in any advertising or publicity relating to the software without the specific, prior written permission of Sam Leffler and Silicon Graphics.

THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS-IS" AND WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS, IMPLIED OR OTHERWISE, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.

IN NO EVENT SHALL SAM LEFFLER OR SILICON GRAPHICS BE LIABLE FOR ANY SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, INDIRECT OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OF ANY KIND, OR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER RESULTING FROM LOSS OF USE, DATA OR PROFITS, WHETHER OR NOT ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF DAMAGE, AND ON ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY, ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE USE OR PERFORMANCE OF THIS SOFTWARE.

Feedback

You may send comments, questions, bug reports and other feedback to alternatiff@alternatiff.com. Visit the AlternaTIFF web site for current information.

Please read the FAQ before asking a question.