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How do I view EPS files? I heard that Adobe Acrobat supports them, but that didnt work for me...

I am using Windows 7 64 bit edition..

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EPS is encapsulated postscript. If you search for programs which can open postscript you will find a lot of them.

Some of them, in a random order, are:

  • Ghostscript (really the classical answer)

  • GIMP. Large, but handles just about everything.

  • Photoshop. Also quite large.

  • EPS viewer (Which is the first link I got when I Googled on "win7 EPS viewer").

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I have had no problems with Adobe Acrobat and a bit confused why it isn't working (EPS is supported in the latest few versions), however, I always used to use GIMP which works with them - so you may want to try that.

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+1 for GIMP since Photoshop ain't cheap to just open some files! – Ivo Flipse Feb 15 '10 at 20:35

I open a blank Word document, and from insert option, choose pictures, browse and insert the eps file in my document.

Not a great solution if you want to edit the eps file, but good enough if all you want to do is view the file (I'm not installing 3rd party software just to view a file if I don't have to).

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+1 for way more simpler than downloading a program just to see what is in my .eps file – Neifen May 17 at 12:15

I am surprised no one mentioned Evince. It handles everything - pdf, ps, eps. It comes by default on all linux distributions. It has a windows installer too on its Downloads page.

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Never imagined how much I would miss evince before I had to work in Windows. Thanks for mentioning it here, I thought it's just for Linux. – Shahbaz Dec 3 '14 at 14:33

Your question suggests Acrobat Reader can open an eps file. This is not exactly correct, To open an .eps file with acrobat, you need to import it. This requires a paid account:

From the documentation

Use File > Create PDF > From File
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If you have Photoshop, it should be able to open them.

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Inkscape allows viewing and editing EPS files.

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thats seems to only be true "out-of-the-box" for linux. on windows, however, it requires additional steps:… – infadelic Sep 30 '15 at 11:03

There is a port of Okular viewer from Linux KDE to Windows

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I used Scribus which is open source software. You should first install GhostScript. Scribus will automatically detect GhostScript an enable EPS support. Otherwise you have to add it afterwards through settings.

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