By default, Maya saves rendered image files in the Maya Image File Format (Maya IFF). The Maya IFF is the most efficient format, in which no data loss occurs. All other file formats are translated from the Maya IFF format.
Maya can render and save an image in either bitmap or vector format. A bitmap image uses pixels (colored squares) arranged in a grid to describe the image. When you zoom into a bitmap image, you can see the jagged edges of individual pixels. Common bitmap formats include TIFF, GIF and BMP.
A vector image uses vectors (lines and curves) to describe the image. When you zoom into a vector image, lines and curves remain smooth. Common vector formats include SWF (Adobe Flash), AI (Adobe Illustrator) and SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics).
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