Friday, November 1, 2013

How to Preview or Open an EPS File

Now that I’m offering free downloadable vectors (in EPS format) in this blog, maybe some of you ask this type of question, with which programs I can open an EPS format file?

According to Wikipedia, Encapsulated PostScript (EPS) is a DSC-conforming PostScript document with additional restrictions which is intended to be usable as a graphics file format. In other words, EPS files are more-or-less self-contained, reasonably predictable PostScript documents that describe an image or drawing and can be placed within another PostScript document.

There are a number of ways of opening these files. You can use insert option in Microsoft Word then navigate to the file to open it. You can also open it using other softwares such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator or CorelDraw.  The advantage of being able to open an EPS file is that you can then export it to other formats such as PNG, JPG, GIF, etc.

The best way to opening an EPS file is to install an Inkscape. Why Inkscape?  Because Inkscape will not cost you a single centavo since this is an open source software. Yeah, it's absolutely FREE! Inkscape has been designed as a free alternative to commercial standard vector-based packages such as Adobe Illustrator and Coral Draw.

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APM-DESIGNS ( has listed the following reasons to why use Inkscape:

  • Inkscape runs very fast
  • Inkscape runs on the following Operating Systems, Windows, Linux, Mac & FreeBSD
  • Inkscape is Open Source, meaning it is completely FREE to download and use, even for commercial use. The source code may even be modified to suit your needs.
  • Inkscape User Interface (UI) is intuitive as far a graphic design software is concerned.
  • Inkscape is very potential software, do not assume just because it is free it has many limitations because you would be wrong.
  • Inkscape has some photo-editing capabilities, limiting the amount of times loading up other software for photo manipulation.
  • Inkscape's capability is very impressive, if you do not believe me, have a look at examples of work on their official website have been created using the software.

Download Inkscape now? Please, follow this link for their official release packages.