A tiny piece of Polish software came to the rescue. At MapAction, we had a request yesterday from our field team in Papua New Guinea for help with converting TIFF files whose georegistration parameters are saved MapInfo format (.TAB file) to something compatible with ArcGIS.
It’s not a complicated task: TAB files are easy to read, and all that’s needed is to calculate the relevant parameters for a TFW file to accompany the TIFF.
The field team doesn’t have MapInfo installed, so a solution needing MI is out. Ideally, we wanted a free solution, ruling out the excellent Global Mapper, for example. Any download had to be as small as possible thanks to limited internet access. And finally, although the team has ArcEditor, they don’t have a license for Data Interoperability Extension, so that wasn’t an option.
After quite a lot of searching, I was pleased to find this neat and effective utility:
It does the job, and best of all, it’s “postcardware” – I hope a postcard will be arriving in Gdansk from Papua New Guinea soon (depending on the post).