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Changes in TIFF v3.5.3

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This document describes the changes made to the software between the
<I>previous</I> and <I>current</I> versions (see above).
If you don't find something listed here, then it was not done in this
timeframe, or it was not considered important enough to be mentioned.
The following information is located here:
<LI><A HREF="#configure">Changes in the software configuration</A>
<LI><A HREF="#libtiff">Changes in libtiff</A>
<LI><A HREF="#tools">Changes in the tools</A>
The ChangeLog will follow, but please note the most important change: 
LZW compression has been removed. 
Unisys has the patent on LZW compression and have been very active in
their enforcement of late, demanding payments of $5000 or more from
websites using unlicensed software to create GIF's.  They could well
do the same do persons using libtiff to create LZW compressed TIFF
From <A HREF=>Burn All GIF's Day</a>:
<em>The catch is that it appears to be difficult or impossible to get a
Unisys license to use LZW in free software that complies with the Open
Source Definition</em>
Unfortunatly, the removal of LZW compression means that saved image size has
grown dramatically.  Without a change in the TIFF spec to support
another lossless compression format, this is unavoidable.
The library can use zip for lossless compression, but as this is not
part of the spec, TIFFs using zip compression may not work with other
We will be making a patch available that will contain the LZW
compression code for users who have either obtained a license from
Unisys or are willing to risk it. 
LZW decompression is unchanged. 
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	<LI> Added zip creation to release makefile target 


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	<LI> Added html for TIFFWriteTile.3t man page. 
	<LI> Added some changes to tif_write.c to support rewriting existing
	fixed sized tiles and strips.  Code mods disabled by default, only
	enabled if REWRITE_HACK is defined for now.

	<LI> Added TIFFWriteTile.3t man page.

	<LI> Added notes on use of in build.html, and fixed 
	email subscription address.

	<LI>  Fixed apocalypse-inducing y2k bug in contrib/ras/ras2tiff.c 

	<LI>  Did some casts cleaning up to reduce compiler warnings in tif_fax3.c,
	   from Bruce Carmeron <> -- modifications of 
	   changes made by Frank (sun cc still complained on cast). 

	<LI> fixed various VC++ warnings as suggested by Gilles Vollant

	<LI> Modified TIFFquery.3t man pages info on TIFFIsByteSwapped() to
	not imply applications are responsible for image data swapping.

	<LI>  HTML-ized the man pages, added to html/man
	<LI>  Removed LZW Compression to comply with Unisys patent extortion. 

	<LI>  Corrected one remaining 16 -> 32 bit value in tif_fax3.c, 
	   From Ivo Penzar < 

	<LI>  Added patch from Ivo Penzar to have TiffAdvanceDirectory handle
	   memory mapped files. <>

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	<LI> Fixed apocalypse-inducing y2k bug in contrib/ras/ras2tiff.c 

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