File Types Supported - v7/v6/v5

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Note for all versions: Portfolio uses a file extension, if present, as the primary means of file type identification on Windows and Mac. This is notable as some Mac users who have applied info for different to extensions and type - usually to address legacy issues - have expected the Mac client to use Mac OS 'Type' info rather than the Extension if a clash occurs, the Extension being considered a Windows OS issue. Certainly since the move to OS X, as the two main OSs grow closer in style, mainstream Mac programs are adopting the file extensions so it is best to both use them and use the correct ones!

File type support by client version:

Version 7

Portfolio is capable of cataloguing any digital file. It also has the ability to generate or extract thumbnails, generate screen previews and extract metadata from most standard graphic and video formats. The supported file formats are listed below. Unsupported file formats will be visually catalogued as icons, allowing users to link to the original files for editing. Supported audio and video formats will playback within the Portfolio application. Portfolio also has limited ability to batch convert some imaging formats to TIFF, JPEG and VFZ/PFZ formats. Portfolio can also embed metadata into TIFF and JPEG formats. Portfolio can also index and search text from selected file formats.

QuickTime. Portfolio uses many QuickTime filters to assist with cataloguing. Whilst QuickTime is installed as part of the Mac OS, Windows OS users should (must!) download and install the free version of QuickTime for Windows and keep QuickTime updated. Using the pay-for QuickTime Pro doesn't add anything extra to Portfolio's use of QuickTime.

Image Formats  
Format Thumbnail Read metadata Create previews Create multi-page previews Batch Convert to (JPEG/TIFF) Convert to VFZ/PFZ Embed metadata
BMP - Bitmap Yes Yes Yes   Yes    
EPS - Encapsulated Postscript (1) Yes Yes Yes   Yes    
FPX - FlashPix Yes Yes Yes Yes      
GIF - Graphic Interchange Format Yes Yes Yes   Yes    
JPEG - Joint Photographics Expert Group Yes Yes Yes   Yes Yes Yes
JPEG 2000 (Mac OS X only) Yes Yes Yes   Yes    
PCD - Kodak Photo CD Yes Yes Yes   Yes    
PICT - QuickTime Picture Yes Yes Yes   Yes    
PNG - Portable Network Graphics Yes Yes Yes   Yes    
PSD - Adobe Photoshop Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes    
TGA - Targa Yes Yes Yes   Yes    
TIFF - Tagged Image File Format (2) Yes Yes Yes   Yes Yes Yes
TIFF - TIFF Fax Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
WMF - Windows Media Format (Windows only) Yes Yes Yes   Yes    
VFZ/PFZ PixelLive (3.0 SDK) Yes Yes Yes   Yes Yes  
Document Formats  
Format Thumbnail Read metadata Create previews Create multi-page previews Index Document Text  
INDD - Adobe InDesign Yes Yes Yes      
PDF - Adobe Acrobat Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  
PSD - Adobe Photoshop Yes Yes Yes Yes    
INDD - Adobe InDesign Yes Yes Yes      
AI - Adobe Illustrator Yes Yes Yes      
TXT - Plain Text   Yes     Yes  
Microsoft PowerPoint (5)   Yes Yes Yes    
Audio/Video Formats  
Format Thumbnail Play Media  
AIFF - Audi Interchange File Format   Yes Yes  
AU - Sun Microsystem Audio File   Yes Yes  
AVI - Audio Video Interleave Yes Yes Yes  
SWF - Shockwave (v6 and lower) Yes Yes Yes  
Macintosh Sound File   Yes Yes  
MIDI - Musical Instrument Digital Interface   Yes Yes  
MPEG-1 - Moving Pictures Experts Group Type 1 Yes Yes Yes  
MPEG-2 - Moving Pictures Experts Group Type 2 (3) Yes Yes Yes  
MP3 - MPEG -1 Layer 3 Audio File   Yes Yes  
MPEG-4 - Moving Pictures Experts Group Yes Yes Yes  
MOV - QuickTime Movies (4) Yes Yes Yes  
MOV - QuickTime VR Yes Yes Yes  
MOV - QuickTime Cubic VR Yes Yes Yes  
WAV - Waveform Audio formant   Yes Yes  
1. EPS Support: Very complex EPS files could be problematic, please check for compatibility with complex EPS files.
2. Currently does not support Zip compressed TIFF files.
3. Requires QuickTime MPEG 2 plug-in available for purchase from Apple.
4. Supports a wide range of video codecs including: Animation, Apple BMP, Apple Pixlet (Mac OS 10.3+, Apple Video, Cinepak, Component Video, DV and DVC Pro NTSC, DV PAL, Graphivs, H.261, H.263, JPEG2000 (Mac OS X), Microsoft OLE, Microsoft video 1, Motion JPEG A, Motion JPEG b, MPEG-4, Photo JPEG, Planar RGB, PNG, Sorenson Video 2, Sorenson Video 3, TGA, and TIFF. For best result download the latest version of QuickTime. 5. Exact versions supported aren't clear but likely PPT 2000 (Win) and PPT X (Mac). The application must be installed on the client's host computer for the previewing to work.

Version 6

Portfolio 6 is capable of cataloguing virtually every type of digital file, but will display thumbnails and previews of only those
documents saved in the specific graphic file formats listed below.

Some formats need, or are handled better, if QuickTime is installed. Although the base requirement is for QuickTime v4.1.1, you are advised to keep QuickTime updated.

For video formats, the default is to use the first frame for the thumbnail. Alternatively, use or a particular frame number may be set via the client's Edit -> Preferences dialog. Note that such a setting is global and not per records. If you change the setting, note that any existing thumbnails may get incorrectly updated if care is not taken.

For audio file formats, Portfolio displays each file's icon in gallery views and allows you to play the audio files within Portfolio using the Preview function.

Adobe Acrobat (PDF)

Adobe Illustrator 3.0 - 8.0

Adobe Illustrator 9.0 and 10.0*

Adobe InDesign*

Adobe Pagemaker 6.5 (Mac) *

Adobe Photoshop 4.0 - 7.0

AIFF Sound file

AVI Video


CorelDraw Presentation Exchange

EPS (Encapsulated Postscript)


GIF (Graphics Interchange Format)

GIF Animated Graphics

JPEG (Joint Photo Experts Group)

Kodak PhotoCD

PICT (Macintosh Picture)

Macintosh Sound file

Macromedia FreeHand 5.0 and higher (Mac) *

Microsoft PowerPoint

MIDI Sound

MPEG 1 video

MP3 audio

Multi-Ad Creator (Mac)

PNG (Portable Network Graphics)


QuarkXPress 3.3 - 5.0 (Mac) *

QuickDraw 3D Metafile

QuickTime Movie

TIFF (Tagged Image Format)


Truevision Targa

Windows and OS/2 Bitmap (BMP)

Windows metafile

WAVE Sound file

Macromedia Flash / ShockWave *

AU Audio

* Extracts embedded thumbnail from files (if present) but does not create previews.

The following cameras and file formats are supported in v6:

Nikon D1/X/H/100

Fuji S2Pro

Olympus E10/20

Kodak 14N, 760C, 760M, 720X, Pro Back, Pro Back 654C, Pro Back 654M

Canon D30/60/10D,G5, G3, G2, G1, S50, S45, S40, S30, Pro90IS

A PDF with the list of v6 compatible formats can be found here.

Version 5

Format Mac File Type Windows Extension Extract Thumbnail QuickTime 4.0 Portfolio 5 Native Liberty Systems Inso
Adobe Acrobat PDF .pdf Y #     Y  
Adobe Illustrator 3.0 - 7.0 TEXT .ai Y     Y  
Adobe Illustrator 8.0 TEXT .ai Y     Y  
Adobe PageMaker 6.5 AB65   Y **        
Adobe Photoshop 2.5 - 5.5 8BPS .psd Y # Y *      
AIFF Sound file AIFF .aif   Y      
AutoCAD   .dwg         Y
AVI Video   .avi   Y      
CorelDRAW 3.0 - 8.0   .cdr         Y
CorelDRAW Presentation Exchange   .cmx         Y
Encapsulated Postscript EPSF .eps Y     Y  
FlashPix FPIX .fpx   Y      
Graphics Interchange Format (GIF) GIFf .gif     Y    
GIF Animated Graphics GIFf .gif   Y      
Joint Photo Experts Group (JPEG) JPEG .jpg Y   Y    
Kodak PhotoCD ## PCDI .pcd          
Macintosh Picture PICT .pct   Y Y    
Macintosh Sound file sfil .snd   Y      
Macromedia Freehand 5.0 - 8.0 AGD2   Y **        
Microsoft PowerPoint 2.0 - 8.0 SLD8 .ppt         Y
MIDI Sound file MIDI .mid   Y      
MPEG Sound/Video MPEG .mpg   Y      
Multi-Ad Creator MuAd   Y **        
Portable Network Graphics PNGf .png   Y      
Postscript Interpretive TEXT .ps       Y  
QuarkXPress 3.3 - 4.0 XDOC .qxd Y #        
QuickDraw 3D Metafile 3DMF .3dmf   Y      
QuickTime Movie MooV .mov   Y      
Tagged Image Format (TIFF) TIFF .tif Y   Y    
Truevision Targa TPIC .tga   Y      
Windows and OS/2 Bitmap BMPp .bmp, .dib   Y Y    
(Microsoft) Windows Metafile   .wmf     Y Y  
WAVE Sound file   .wav   Y      
*    Translator does not support multi-layer files without Composite Layer/2.5 Compatibility turned on.
#    Preview multiple pages
**   Mac OS only
##   PDCTranslator

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