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How to open eps files?





infinisa
Hello All

I just received a file of type .eps. I understand that it's some kind of image format, and can be related to using LaTeX.

So I tried opening it in GIMP, which claims to recognise this file format, but it gave me an error.

Does anyone no how to open an eps file (at least for viewing)?

And, just out of curiosity, how and why are these files created (is it some kind of standard? Why not just use jpg etc?) It may be of help to know that I received the file from a University professor.
leontius
EPS stands for Encapsulated PostScript. It is a vector image format and - as you said - is usually the preferred format for LaTeX documents. Adobe Distiller (comes with Adobe Acrobat fro Windows) can convert it to PDF if I remember correctly. GIMP should be able to open it... if not, try other image processing applications. Btw if you use Ubuntu or other GNOME-based Linux distro, evince can open EPS too.

If you are really confused, just upload the file and let someone convert the format to something more familiar (perhaps PDF or SVG or JPG).
balend
If you are trying to open an eps files, here's a list of programs you can use.

Mac OS

Apple Preview
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Acrobat
Adobe Photoshop
QuarkXpress
IMSI TurboCAD

Windows

CorelDRAW
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Acrobat
Adobe Photoshop
QuarkXpress
IMSI TurboCAD
ACDSee Photo Manager
ACD Systems Canvas
bissoboa
Linux
imagemagick

It is VERY easy. In a shell command line
eg. convert photo.eps photo.jpg

I'm not sure if it available on windows, too. See official web site:
http://www.imagemagick.org/
mgeek
Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator opens it, so does XnView
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