So many File types, Where to start?

As most multimedia enthusiast and the average computer user will notice when saving a variety of types of media is the variety of file types. With the endless acronyms and abbreviation novice users may get lost in the extensive computer jargon. A short guide through the name and use of the most popular file types is a step in the right direction to properly use these resources.



Encapsulated Postscript Vector also known as an EPS is a file type extension used for (its name sake) vector graphics. This file is specific to Adobe Illustrator in order to edit content. ESP can contain both graphics and text. This file has a capacity to better transmit to printing with a capability to convey specific details to print well.



Portable Document Formats shorten to PDF is an electronic representation (either graphic and/or) of a printable document. The ability to correctly convey even more (links, audio, video) than the regular printed document with the added speed of being an electronic file comes in handy. To save upon the ink of traditional print PDFs can also be used, even allowing users to sign documents.



Tag Image Format File referring to the acronym TIFF is usually used as a bridge between different applications for images. Notably for Scanned images, desktop published mages and faxing TIFFs can be meet a variety of needs.



Joint Photographic Experts Group abbreviated to JPEG is a file type that is used for most digital graphics and  photos. JPEGs compress images while keeping a degree of original content with use of size reduction. Compression reduces some picture quality (therefore decreasing the storage use of the image), this makes them good options when putting images on websites and sending them digitally.



Portable Network Graphic is the full name of PNG. Used for image compression and can be used in software development freely. This file type allows a an exchange of file size and image quality. Once again for websites, and even hard drive storage that needs to be rationed.



American Standard Code for Information Interchange shorten as ASCII. Used for text files through out internet and software. Each letter (1-9) and letter is represented by a 7 part binary code. Used by some operating systems for text file.



Moving Picture Expert Group refers to MPEG. Setting a standard for audio and video compression. Trading off quality fo file size MPEGs are used to coserve some intergetty of file while assuring a manable file size.



Musical Instrumental Digital Interface is used to record and play music created by digital means. Transmitting details on to how the sound is made creates a much more consistent audio. For those who would like creating music this is possible with an input storage device along with a keyboard.



Audio Video Interleave is a file format used to store audio and video information. Usually less compressed it is used for most Microsoft Applications.  A down side is the larger file, but still have better video quality.



WAVE is a uncompressed audio file  created by Microsoft. The fact that it holds raw audio it leaves the quality at its best.


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