Q: We are using jPDFImages to convert PDFs to Tiff and are using Packbits right now. Would the next best option be using LZW? What are the advantages and disadvantages of using LZW?
A: Packbits compression is fast, widely-supported, and provides good results for scanned images. LZW provides more compression than Packbits but Packbits is the most common compression on all systems. Thus, Packbits is a logical compression method for files you may send to various systems. LZW-compressed files are the next most common compressed files after Packbits.