With the file extension EPSP eps files are marked with a preview image in PICT format. The EPS Pict format was previously used to open photos in Photoshop that were saved in customizable file formats but were not supported by Photoshop (such as QuarkXPress). Previously, EPS files with a Pict preview could only be opened on the Macintosh, but now these limitations should no longer apply.
Encapsulated PostScript (EPS) is a standard graphics format for importing and exporting files in the page description language postscript. An EPS file contains only one page, unlike normal Postscript files (ending with ps). In addition, EPS files meet special requirements in order to be integrated into a document.
While a normal ps file contains only PostScript commands to print the graphic or text (describing the elements to be printed), eps files can contain any combination of text, images, fonts, or vector graphics. This makes eps a very versatile format and also has the advantage of scalability.
EPS files usually contain a preview image in TIFF, WMF or PICT format (depending on the operating system used), which can be displayed by many programs without having to interpret the postscript commands or to be able to. Thus, eps files can also be used by programs that do not have a PostScript interpreter. Of course, these thumbnails do not offer the quality of the original data, which is why they should only be used in an emergency.
There are quite a few commercial as well as free programs that can read and generate eps files. Some programs such as Scribus also require the free Ghostscript interpreter to import eps files, which then takes care of the processing of this data.
Most often resolving problems with opening EPSP files is very simple. Just install an appropriate program that supports such files. All of the listed programs support EPSP files, but may vary in offered function and purpose. Some programs may be capable only of viewing contents of EPSP 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 EPSP 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 Illustrator applications is not on the list, select "Browse" option in order to manually locate the directory where Adobe Illustrator has been installed.
Sometimes problems with opening EPSP files may not lie with the application itself, but can arise due to other causes, such as: