An EPS file can be opened by using Adobe Illustrator, Microsoft Word 2011, Adobe Photoshop, Scribus, Apple Preview, Adobe Acrobat and Design Science MathType. There are different programs that are made specifically for the operating system and file that are able to open EPS files on Mac, Windows and Linux systems.
An EPS file is a file that is also known as an encapsulated postscript file. This means that the information is visual, graphic and is enclosed within the file. Programs must have the ability to open this capsule in order to access the information that is contained within it.
The EPS file is often used to transfer data between several programs because it can be opened with the use of a wide variety of programs. An EPS is most commonly used for 2D graphics that do not require movement and do not stand out from other graphics. Things such as bitmap information, vector graphics, graphic images and various text can be stored within an EPS file. When they are placed in the EPS file, the look of the graphic does not change, and it can be extracted exactly how it was in the previous program when it is opened in the new program.