Announcing the End of TIFF-based Productions

  • April 1, 2020
  • by David Carns

Tysons, VA — April 1, 2020 — Casepoint, a leader in enterprise eDiscovery technology, today announced the eDiscovery industry has crossed a major milestone: The very last TIFF-based production in response to a discovery document request was produced at 5:23 a.m. EDT. The production consisted of 600 pages of TIFF images (with no redactions) for ACME Corporation v. Wiley, Inc. Apparently, neither party in the matter actually specified a form of production, so the plaintiff got what they asked for.

The Tagged Image File Format (TIFF) was invented in 1986 as a standard image format for scanner hardware manufacturers. Since that time, the litigation support and eDiscovery industry has tolerated TIFF-based productions for reasons that many will explain at great length, as is the preference for veterans in the industry. While many have wondered why eDiscovery practitioners cannot simply use PDFs like everyone else in the world, many others have taken comfort in the explanation “just because.”

Experts in the field are both lamenting and celebrating the demise of TIFF-based productions. “I don’t know…there was something oddly wonderful about using technology invented 30+ years ago as a mainstay in our industry,” said David Carns, Chief Revenue Officer at Casepoint. “With so many cutting-edge technologies in eDiscovery, it felt good knowing we were keeping that candle burning.”

Others were not so kind. Vishal Rajpara, Chief Technology Officer at Casepoint said, “I am glad this day finally came to pass. Don’t get me wrong, Casepoint’s technology platform will continue to support TIFFs for legacy cases forever—since apparently TIFFs will never actually go away—but I’ve been trying to explain the benefits of native productions for the past 10 years.”

This major milestone will no doubt be “clawed back” in less than 24 hours, and we will all go back to producing and receiving TIFF-based productions on a regular basis, but at least it will be in keeping with so many other good intentions in the industry.

Disclaimer: We are all reading about the truly serious situation in the world, but we hope this moment of levity was enjoyed as a momentary distraction – maybe with a smile or at least an eye-roll. Happy April Fool’s Day. 

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