View a Multi page tiff file in windows

I’ve been meaning to write about this for a while. Many people we send images files to don’t know how to view beyond the first page of a multi page tiff file in Windows XP (probably Vista, I haven’t tried).

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If you open a multi page tif using ‘Windows Picture and Fax viewer’ (the default unless another program you’ve installed has taken over as your preferred tiff viewer) you get an extra little drop down box at the bottom of your screen, that allows you to choose which page you’d like to view. When you go to print, you’re shown a preview of each page and can choose (by tick box) which pages you’d like to print.

Our fax to email scanner creates these multipage tiff’s.

Our Sydney holiday photo (after a little CGI…)

In June 2004 we went on holiday to Australia. The photos were shared on my web site, crafted hand coded pages in the days before I used movable-type to blog. One day, I may move them into the main blog but for now they still live in their own little folder at http://www.steveroot.co.uk/australia/. Amongst the requisite family holiday photos is an aerial photo of Sydney taken from a helicopter flight.

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This is ‘Deco by Night’, an image created by visual designer Albert Keifer. If you look really closely you can see our holiday picture in that image…. no I struggled too. The nice chap emailed a series of images to show me…

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So here’s our original holiday photo. The city of Sydney, it’s wide blue river, Opera House, distinctive bridge and some of the email Albert sent asking if he could use the image.

I am an illustrator, visualiser and I was approached yesterday to enter in this contest. I had the shape lying around and started working on rendering it from different angles and see how I could build an atmosphere. I was coming to a stage where I felt it needed some nice atmospheric background city to put this monumental shape in its correct feel of ‘being very big and aloft’.

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So I started a Google Image search on birds eye view and that’s how I came across your Sydney image. It immediately struck a chord and I went on to integrate it into the picture. I did not want recogniseable features since this is supposed to be a futuristich ‘somewhere’ place and a landmark building like the opera house would immediately distract from that and root it back to a well known place. That’s why I started to do a quick manipulation (which is also part of what I do for a living) and that’s how this image ended up the way it is now.

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I asked nicely if I could post it on my blog (OK, it’s taken almost 2 years for me to post, but I’ve finally got to it!) so he emailed me some of the interim images to show how the steps used to crate the image.
Click on the images to see them full size, you’ll probably need to do that to see the detail of the changes

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The first image is ‘the-beach’ which is used for the skyline and low sun.

The second image is ‘the-city-base-added’, click and see the full size image and you can see how it’s been flipped, cropped and laid on top of the first image.

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In the third image ‘city-remodeled’ you can see how Sydney has been transformed into a generic city, losing the landmarks of the harbour bridge and opera house.

Finally, the computer generated image of futuristic chrome petal shapes is the top layer.

5 and a bit years of blogging… just

So I may have been quieter than usual over the summer, but the blog still goes on. What visitors are reading though has changed since last year when this post gave the top 4 posts. Now they are:

1. Useful Windows Shortcut key to show Desktop is still number – This was written for XP but the shortcut works in Vista too.
2. Margins and Markups – what the difference is and how to calculate them.
3. Red mushroom with white spots – a photo I took while walking
4. BBC iPlayer and it’s built in Kontiki software – though I must make a new entry about this, as the iPlayer has moved on since 2 years ago. We’re now watching iplayer via our Ninendo Wii! Nicola used it to watch Gavin and Stacey for the first time to see the kitchen I designed (it’s the maple one, in the house set in Essex).
5. Welcome to the Christmas Party season – a review of our 2007 works christmas party.

Happy new year!

Happy new year everyone!

It may be apparent I’ve not been typing a lot lately. Well, I have, just not in the blog. Having caught up with work and other real life fun things I’m hoping to post several entries that are overdue. Before I do that, some suitable geek humour that had me in fits of laughter (good job I’m the only one in the office).

Sandwich
from: http://xkcd.com/149/

(funnier for me perhaps, ’cause sudo refers to the ‘root’ user…. hey, it’s geek humour, it’ll mean nothing to 99% of the population so you’ll not be perfectly normal not to understand it)