I am wondering why they must be tif?
When viewed with Windows Picture and Fax Viewer, jpg images distort when one zooms in to read the text on the image. Tif images don't distort in the same way for some reason and one is easily able to zoom in and read the text with ease.
What do you mean when you say they are census images?
My hobby is genealogy research. When I speak of census images, I mean images of pages from various U.S. Census Records. These Census Records are hand written onto a Census Form, and because the information is hand written, it makes it very hard to read if there is any distortion at all.
Exactly how big a file are they?
I checked a few of the images at random and the ones I checked range from 1.00MB to 2.19MB. They're large files (images), but the detail is out of this world when viewed with Windows Picture and Fax Viewer.
But I've converted many of them to .jpg just to see how they do, and I'm assuming that they're compressed so small that when I zoom in to read what the handwriting says, it distorts so bad I can't make out anything but a blur.
I'm going to follow Mark's suggestion and see if I can zip a couple of the images and put them up so you guys can see what I'm talking about.
I greatly appreciate all the input ya'll have offered!