Graphic Interchange File


  • A bit-mapped graphics file format used by the on the Internet. GIF supports color and various resolutions. It also includes data compression, but because it is limited to 256 colors, it is more effective for scanned images such as illustrations rather than color photos.  1
  • An image storage format that is widely used on the web.  2
  • A compressed file format used by the CompuServe system for photographs. Limited to 256 colors.  3
  • A computer compression format for pictures.  4


  1. Vinson & Elkins LLP Practice Support, EDD Glossary.
  2. RSI, Glossary.
  3. Formerly American Document Management, Glossary of Terms, now 5i Solutions Glossary.
  4. Kroll Ontrack, Glossary of Terms
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