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Name Encapsulated PostScript File Format
Version 2.0
Other names EPS (2.0)
Identifiers MIME:  application/postscript
Apple Uniform Type Identifier:  com.adobe.encapsulated-postscript
PUID:  fmt/123
Classification Page Description
Disclosure Full
Description Encapsulated Postscript (EPS) is a page description format, developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated. Version 2.0, the second version of the format, was developed in 1989. An EPS file comprises a header section followed by a PostScript document. An EPS can optionally include a preview raster image, in which case a binary header is prepended to the header.
Orientation Text
Byte order  
Related file formats Has lower priority than Adobe Illustrator (1.0 / 1.1)
Has lower priority than Adobe Illustrator (88)
Has lower priority than Adobe Illustrator (3.0 / 3.2)
Has lower priority than Adobe Illustrator (4.0)
Has lower priority than Adobe Illustrator (5.0 / 5.5)
Has lower priority than Adobe Illustrator (6.0)
Has lower priority than Adobe Illustrator (7.0)
Has lower priority than Adobe Illustrator (8.0)
Has priority over Postscript (1.0)
Has priority over PostScript (2.0)
Has priority over PostScript (2.1)
Has priority over PostScript (3.0)
Has priority over EndNote Import File  
Is previous version of Encapsulated PostScript File Format (3)
Is previous version of Encapsulated PostScript File Format (2.1)
Is subsequent version of Encapsulated PostScript File Format (1.2)
Technical Environment  
Released 16 Jan 1989
Supported until  
Format Risk  
Developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated
Supported by None.
Source Digital Preservation Department / The National Archives
Source date 02 Aug 2005
Source description 08/2023 (v.113) - Description of magic bytes for signature added. Researched internally.
Last updated 15 Aug 2023
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