Software : Apple : Preview

Apple Preview

(as of 12/12/2018)

Software Overview

Screenshot of Apple Preview 10
Screenshot of Apple Preview 10

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

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.

Supported File Types

Primary file extension

.PDF – Portable Document Format File

Other file extensions used by Apple Preview 10

Supported File Types
.3FRHasselblad 3F RAW Image
.AIAdobe Illustrator File
.BMPBitmap Image File
.CR3Canon Raw 3 Image File
.DAEDigital Asset Exchange File
.DGTDST Thumbnail File
.DNGDigital Negative Image File
.DOCXMicrosoft Word Document
.DOTXMicrosoft Word Template
.EPSEncapsulated PostScript File
.EPSFEncapsulated PostScript Format File
.FAXFax Document
.FFFHasselblad RAW Image
.FPXFlashPix Bitmap Image File
.GIFGraphical Interchange Format File
.HDRHigh Dynamic Range Image File
.HEICHigh Efficiency Image Format
.HEIFHigh Efficiency Image Format
.ICNSmacOS Icon Resource File
.ICOIcon File
.JFIJPEG File Interchange Image
.JP2JPEG 2000 Core Image File
.KDIKD Player Skin Image File
.KEYApple Keynote Presentation
.LPDFLocalized PDF File
.PICGeneric Picture File
.PICTPicture File
.PNGPortable Network Graphic
.POPSamsung Popcon Character File
.PPTMicrosoft PowerPoint Presentation (Legacy)
.PPTXMicrosoft PowerPoint Presentation
.PSDAdobe Photoshop Document
.QTIFQuickTime Image File
.RADRadiance Scene File
.RAWRaw Image Data File
.S2MVStarCraft 2 Map Preview File
.SGISilicon Graphics Image File
.SPIFFStill Picture Interchange File Format
.STLStereolithography File
.TGATarga Graphic
.THMThumbnail Image File
.TIFTagged Image File
.WWFWorld Wide Fund Non-Printable Document
.XBMX11 Bitmap Graphic
Additional Related File Formats
.JFIFJPEG File Interchange Format
.JIFJPEG Interchange Format Image
.JIFFJPEG Image File Format
.JPXJPEG 2000 Image File
.PCTPicture File
.PNTGMacPaint Graphic File
.THMVideo Thumbnail File
.TIFFTagged Image File Format

Updated: December 12, 2018