Apple Preview

Apple Preview
  • Company Apple
  • Version 10
  • Platforms
  • License Bundled
  • Category Utility
2.5 / 5 (58 votes)

1. Main Features

  • View a wide range of file formats including PDF, AI, DNG, ICNS, PSD, and RAW
  • Convert images to a variety of different formats
  • Modify images using basic image editing tools like shape/color extraction, cropping, and rotation
  • Edit and encrypt PDF files
  • Import images from a scanner

2. Software Overview

Apple Preview is an application used to view images and documents on Mac computers. It can open many common image formats, such as .JPG, .PNG, and .BMP, as well as a few document formats, such as .PDF, .FAX, and .PPT. Preview is included with macOS and is the default program for opening image files.

Beyond viewing images, Preview provides some limited editing capabilities. It has basic image correction tools that use Apple's Core Image processing technology and allows you to annotate images and documents. Preview also allows you to create, edit, and encrypt PDF files and has the ability to extract single pages from multipage PDF documents. It does not, however, support ISO-standardized PDF so care must be taken when saving these types of files.

Apple Preview is very useful if you want to quickly view images or PDF files. With a simple double click of the file, its contents will be displayed to you. If you are a Mac user, you already have Preview and have likely already used it.

3. Supported File Types

Primary file extension:
.PDF - Portable Document Format File
Other file extensions used by Apple Preview:
# File Extension Name
1 .3FR Hasselblad 3F RAW Image
2 .9.PNG NinePatchDrawable Image
3 .AI Adobe Illustrator File
4 .BMP Bitmap Image File
5 .CR2 Canon Raw Image File
6 .CR3 Canon Raw 3 Image File
7 .DAE Digital Asset Exchange File
8 .DDS DirectDraw Surface Image
9 .DGT DST Thumbnail File
10 .DNG Digital Negative Image File
11 .DOCX Microsoft Word Document
12 .DOCX Microsoft Word Open XML Document
13 .DOT Microsoft Word Document Template (Legacy)
14 .DOTM Microsoft Word Macro-Enabled Document Template
15 .DOTX Microsoft Word Template
16 .DOTX Word Open XML Document Template
17 .EPS Encapsulated PostScript File
18 .EPSF Encapsulated PostScript Format File
19 .FAX Fax Document
20 .FFF Hasselblad RAW Image
21 .FPX FlashPix Bitmap Image File
22 .G3N Zetafax Fax Image
23 .GIF Graphical Interchange Format File
24 .HEIF High Efficiency Image Format
25 .ICNS macOS Icon Resource File
26 .ICO Icon File
27 .JFI JPEG File Interchange Image
28 .JFIF JPEG File Interchange Format
29 .JIFF JPEG Image File Format
30 .JP2 JPEG 2000 Core Image File
31 .JPG JPEG Image
32 .JPX JPEG 2000 Image File
33 .KDI KD Player Skin Image File
34 .KEY Keynote Presentation
35 .KEY Apple Keynote Presentation
36 .KTX Khronos Texture
37 .LPDF Localized PDF File
38 .NEF Nikon Electronic Format RAW Image
39 .OBJ Wavefront 3D Object File
40 .P8.PNG PICO-8 Game Cartridge File
41 .PAGES Apple Pages Document
42 .PDF Portable Document Format File
43 .PDF-1 Renamed PDF File
44 .PIC Generic Picture File
45 .PICT Picture File
46 .PNG Portable Network Graphic
47 .POP Samsung Popcon Character File
48 .POT Microsoft PowerPoint Template (Legacy)
49 .POTM Microsoft PowerPoint Macro-Enabled Presentation Template
50 .POTX Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation Template
51 .PPS Microsoft PowerPoint Slide Show (Legacy)
52 .PPSM Microsoft PowerPoint Macro-Enabled Show
53 .PPSX Microsoft PowerPoint Slide Show
54 .PPT PowerPoint Presentation
55 .PPT Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation (Legacy)
56 .PPTM Microsoft PowerPoint Macro-Enabled Presentation
57 .PPTX PowerPoint Open XML Presentation
58 .PPTX Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation
59 .PRN Print to File
60 .PS PostScript File
61 .PSD Adobe Photoshop Document
62 .RAF Fuji RAW Image File
63 .RAW Raw Image Data File
64 .RW2 Panasonic RAW Image
65 .S2MV StarCraft 2 Map Preview File
66 .SGI Silicon Graphics Image File
67 .SPIFF Still Picture Interchange File Format
68 .STL Stereolithography File
69 .TGA Targa Graphic
70 .THM Video Thumbnail File
71 .THM Thumbnail Image File
72 .TIF Tagged Image File
73 .TIFF Tagged Image File Format
74 .USDZ Universal Scene Description Zipped Format
75 .WWF World Wide Fund Non-Printable Document
76 ._DOCX Renamed Microsoft Word Document

Updated: February 18, 2019

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