You get sent family photos, cell phone pics, graphics and other kinds of image files. The problem is that each seems to be in a different format! Sometimes it is hard to figure out which software you should use to open these files.

How to Open Photos and Other Image Files

You get sent family photos, cell phone pics, graphics and other kinds of image files. The problem is that each seems to be in a different format! Sometimes it is hard to figure out which software you should use to open these files.

Often people double click to try to open the image file and are frustrated when it doesn’t work. Others do trial and error – trying different programs. An easy way to open a wide variety of photos and image files is with EasyFileViewer. This file viewing utility allows users to view lots of common file types without the hassle of having process-intensive software installed.

 

What are Some Common Photo and Image Types?

There are many different kinds of image, photo and graphic files. If you know what you are looking for, you can figure out what kind of image files they are by looking at the file extension. A file extension is the short suffix that follows a period after the file name. Let’s look at MyPic.JPG as an example. MyPic is the file name. JPG, which comes after the period, is the file extension and indicates it is an image file.

Some common photos, image and graphic file types are:

ExtensionDescription
JPEGNamed after creater Joint Photographic Expert Group
JPGCommon extension for JPEG files
TIFFTagged Image File Format
TIFAnother extension for TIFF files
GIFGraphical Interchange Format
PNGPortable Network Graphics
BMPBitmap Image File

It can be confusing to keep track of all of these image file extensions. EasyFileViewer makes it easy. This file viewing utility lets you view JPG, TIFF, PNG, and other image file types.

 

Why Are There Different Types of Image Files?

There are a variety of image file extensions because of different approaches to dealing with images. A key to image file formats is how they do compression. Raw image files can be very large because they contain a lot of information that is needed to make up a photograph or graphic. If an image file is large, it makes it harder to download and share. By limiting the number of colors an image can contain, the file can be made smaller.

Then there is compression. There are two basic types of image file compression. In lossy compression, information is discarded so that the file is smaller. This can have an impact on the look of the image. In lossless compression no information is discarded. Its algorithm uses other ways to try to reduce the file size. For example, if there is a pattern in the image that repeats, it might replace each occurrence with a short abbreviation.

No matter how an image file is compressed, the end result is that a user wants to look at it! No matter which kind of compression is used, EasyFileViewer opens common image file types, such as JPG, PNG, TIF, and more.

 

It can be great to get emailed photos from friends and family. The problem is figuring out how to open them! EasyFileViewer takes the hassle and frustration out of viewing common image file formats. It not only opens many popular image file extensions, but EasyFileViewer also lets users zoom in on and rotate photos, images and graphic files.