Re: Imaging software to convert Bitmap to Tiff and Jpeg?

From:"J. A. Kiernan"

"Diane G. Miller" wrote:
> I was wondering if any of you are aware of free software (or websites for
> download)  that will allow me to convert bitmap images into tiff or jpeg.

I strongly recommend IrfanView, downloadable from  and also from several other
web sites. (A search with Google will probably bring
up hundreds, with the best at the top.)
It is freeware; you're invited to make a donation.
It lets you view any type of graphics file and make
all sorts of conversions including the ones you

Graphic Workshop from Alchemy Mindworks, 
is also excellent. It's shareware, and I'm a paid
up owner. GW is a bigger thing than IrfanView, and
may have more capabilities, but in the last year, 
since being told about IrfanView by a colleague,
I haven't used either GW or the fully commercial
PhotoPaint program at all. 

I do a lot of converting, and also modifying images 
to make them smaller for going onto my Neuroanatomy 
teaching (course notes) web site. (It's
in case anyone's interested.) 

IrfanView is easier to use than Graphic Workshop for 
these jobs, and it also lets you do simple 
modifications, such as adding text labels, cropping, 
and modifying contrast, brightness and colours. It's 
all very easy, and the program prompts you before you 
make any change to the original file.

I can't praise IrfanView too highly, and recommend you
to download it, and send Irfan a donation (he suggests
10-20 dollars or euros) if you like it. He is a Bosnian
student, financing his studies in Austria from such
donations. I believe him, but even if he is really an
American mafia millionaire I'm be happy to pay so little
for such a superb graphics management program.
John A. Kiernan
Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology
The University of Western Ontario
London,   Canada   N6A 5C1

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