Take the 2-minute tour ×
Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I have many user's who work on a sales floor and need to be able to open these files just to view them so that they can confirm that the artwork they are getting from a customer is correct before passing it on.

I do not want to purchase Adobe Creative Suite licenses for these users so that they can simply view these documents. What is the cheapest and best alternative to the Adobe Creative suite that will realistically open all (or at least some) of the files they are likely to receive?

Currently I have tried to use XnView with Ghostscript, Inkscape, and Adobe Acrobat Reader but even with all these combined we still can't open many of the files that we receive.

share|improve this question

4 Answers 4

The GIMP should be able to open at least psd without major problems. I don't know about the other two, but they're maybe plugins for it.

share|improve this answer
1  
The Gimp is far too bloated to use as an image viewer. If it could actually open all those files then I would still use it. Basically everything in the open source space uses Ghostscript of one form or another to try and handle psd and eps files but they just can't handle all of them reliably and they don't even try to deal with Ai files. –  Chris Magnuson Feb 24 '10 at 13:33

I was working at a design/print shop, and generally we would save our files as PDF before sending them to the customer, so perhaps you could get them sent to you in that format. It also cuts down on file size. Otherwise, I know that with AI files if you rename them with a .pdf extension, Acrobat will open them. This might be true of the other Adobe filetypes as well.

share|improve this answer
up vote 0 down vote accepted

Apparently it is not currently possible to enable my users to view EPS, PSD, and AI files without the Adobe Creative Suite at this time. If a viable option emerges I will accept it as the answer but for now this is the answer I have come to.

share|improve this answer

Irfanview should display all those formats, however it says AI files need a plugin.
Here's the list of supported formats

share|improve this answer

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.