An EPS file may contain a "preview" version of the image, intended to be used, for example, by document editors when displaying the image on the screen. This has a surprisingly large effect on the format. The varieties of EPS are best categorized based on the type of preview image.
Also, be aware that some image viewers may display only the preview image, instead of the full-quality main image.
We'll call an EPS file with no preview image a "plain EPS" file, to distinguish it from the other EPS varieties.
Plain EPS is a subformat of PostScript. It is a plain text file.
EPSI (Encapsulated PostScript Interchange) is the same as plain EPS, except that it has a preview image inside it. The preview uses a simple raster image format. EPSI format can be identified by the presence of a line beginning with "
Files with a TIFF or WMF preview image begin with signature bytes
C5 D0 D3 C6.
All other EPS formats begin with ASCII text "
%!PS-Adobe-x.x EPSF-x.x" (where each
x is a single digit).
- Ghostscript: A free PostScript interpreter
- Ghostview and GSview: Viewers based on Ghostscript
- EPS Viewer