The need to OCR TIFF files
Most scanned documents are output in TIFF format, which is an image file format. This means that many scanned text documents may be saved on your computer as image files, in which the text is not automatically readable. OCR software makes image files text-searchable by identifying the text characters within digital files. Thus OCR is allows you to make better use of your scanned documents.
Solutions for OCRing TIFF files
TIFF files are not always the ideal format for storing images. The file size is often very large, and they do not have very high rates of compression. Instead, you can convert TIFF files into PDF, which is much more flexible, better for sharing, and can be compressed significantly. Once you have the PDF file, you can use PDF OCR software to make it text-searchable.
OCR tools for TIFF files
There are many different tools that you can use to OCR TIFF files. If you think you would benefit from a tool that first converts your TIFF files into PDF, you should try PdfCompressor from CVISION. PdfCompressor converts files from other formats to PDF, compresses them, and OCRs them, all in one easy step. Download the free trial version of PdfCompressor to try it out.