Files that contain the PS extension are PostScript files associated with Adobe Systems and are created using Adobe programs. Adobe PostScript is a programming language that is widely known for its page descriptions for electronic documents such as PDF (Portable Document Format) and others.
PS files contain data that define page layouts and are in text format. PostScript files can also be printed with a device that is compatible with Adobe PostScript since PS files can also describe how a page is to be printed. PostScript also describes the status of the file contents in addition to specifying how the page is supposed to look. The programming language is used to scale content to any size without sacrificing quality.
PS files can also contain images in PostScript page description language. In this case, the file will contain vector graphics, text, and raster graphics as part of the PS format.
How to Open PS Files
PS files can be opened with a variety of programs and applications in addition to multiple operating systems. This type of file can also be converted using Acrobat Distiller, which is an application included in Adobe Acrobat.
If you use Windows, you can open PS files with Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop CS6. CS6 is a suite of applications which can be rather pricey. If this is not an option, you can open PS files using Adobe Acrobat X, Adobe Photoshop Elements 10, ACD Systems Canvas 14, and ACDSee Photo Manager 14. If you want to print PS files, you can use GSview, which is a graphical interface for Ghostscript which interprets PostScript page description language for laser printers.
For Mac OS X, you can open PS files using Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop CS6 if you happen to have this suite of applications. You can also use Adobe Acrobat X or Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 to open PS Files. If you want to print PS files, you can use FreePrint, which is freeware that works with Mac OS X and will print PostScript, APF, and PDF files.
If you use the Linux operating system, you can open PS files using KOffice Artwork, which is part of an open source suite of office applications available as a free download from KOffice.org. You can also use Evince, which is a document viewer for multiple document formats, including PostScript files. If you want to print PS files, you can use GSView Ghostscript interpreter for PS files.
If you want to convert PS files to another format, it is necessary to use a compatible Adobe program such as Photoshop, Illustrator, or Creative Suite. You can open PS files in one of these applications and then save them in another format.