The file extension 8BFM marks plugins for the Mac version of the image processing software Adobe Photoshop. With these plugins additional functions, such as new effects or the support of other graphic formats in Photoshop nachrsten. Adobe Photoshop uses various 8b endings for different plugin types. 8BFM files are filter plugins.
8BFM files come in the plugin folder (plugins) located inside the main Photoshop folder. It should be noted that not all plugins are compatible with all versions of Photoshop, and when using the PowerPC version, a customized version of the plugin is also required.
In addition, one must select the plugins for its platform, since those for Mac OSX Photoshop do not work with the Windows version of Photoshop. However, the plugins for the Windows version always have the official extension 8bf.
The file extension 8BFM refers to filter plugins, which among other things, new effects, alienations or color filters may contain. In addition to many free filter plugins, there are also commercial ones, such as the Kais Power Tools.
To see if a plugin is installed correctly, you can get a list of all installed plugins in the submenu Plugins (Windows: Help, Mac OSX: Photoshop). In addition to Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Photoshop Elements, several other Adobe products have a plug-in interface for 8BFM files. There are also some third-party products that have an 8BFM interface, but some of them work only with restrictions.
Most often resolving problems with opening 8BFM files is very simple. Just install an appropriate program that supports such files. All of the listed programs support 8BFM files, but may vary in offered function and purpose. Some programs may be capable only of viewing contents of 8BFM files or offer file conversion options, but may not be capable of editing such files.
It is possible that although a compatible program has been installed on user’s system, it is not used by the system to open it. This may happen because no default application was associated with this type of files. To associate 8BFM files with given application, select "Open with" from drop-down menu (accessed by right-clicking on the file). Then select from the list the program or application you want to be used to open this type of file. If the Adobe Photoshop applications is not on the list, select "Browse" option in order to manually locate the directory where Adobe Photoshop has been installed.
Sometimes problems with opening 8BFM files may not lie with the application itself, but can arise due to other causes, such as: