Portfolio Standalone File Formats

Portfolio File Format Support

Portfolio can catalog any digital file. It can also generate or extract thumbnails, generate screen previews and extract a range of metadata from most standard graphic and video formats.

Supported audio and video formats will play back within the Portfolio application. Portfolio also has limited ability to batch convert certain image formats to TIFF, JPEG and VFZ/PFZ formats. Portfolio can embed IPTC and XMP metadata into TIFF and JPEG formats, and index and search text from select documents.

Portfolio’s current supported file formats are listed here. File formats not listed will be visually cataloged as icons, allowing users to link to the original files for editing. The Mac OS X version may extract thumbnails from additional formats from the resource fork.

The list of Raw digital camera formats supported by Portfolio Standalone is available here.

Updated for version 8.5.7 (Revised September 3, 2013)

Image Formats

  Thumbnails Read Metadata Create Preview Multi-page Previews Convert to Embed Metadata
BMP (Windows bitmap) N/A JPEG, TIFF  
EPS (Encapsulated Postscript) N/A JPEG, TIFF  
FPX (FlashPix1)    
GIF N/A JPEG, TIFF  
JPEG N/A JPEG, TIFF, VFZ/PFZ
JPEG 2000 (Mac) N/A JPEG, TIFF  
PCD (Kodak PhotoCD) N/A JPEG, TIFF  
PICT N/A JPEG, TIFF  
PNG N/A JPEG, TIFF  
PSD (Adobe Photoshop2) JPEG, TIFF  
TGA (Targa) N/A JPEG, TIFF  
TIFF3   JPEG, TIFF, VFZ/PFZ
TIFF Fax JPEG, TIFF, VFZ/PFZ
WMF (Windows Metafile) N/A JPEG, TIFF  
VFZ/PFZ PixelLive (3.0 SDK) N/A JPEG, TIFF, VFZ/PFZ  
STN Genuine Fractals 3.5        
SID (“MrSID” Multiresolution Seamless Image Database)        

Document Formats

  Thumbnails Read Metadata Create Preview Multi-page Previews Index Text
Adobe InDesign4    
Adobe Acrobat5
Adobe Illustrator6    
Microsoft PowerPoint 2000, 2003 (Windows)7
QuarkXPress 5 or later (Mac)8    
Microsoft Word 2003 (Windows)7  
Microsoft Excel 2003 (Windows)7  
Plain Text        
Macromedia Freehand (Mac)9      

Audio/Video Formats

  Thumbnails Read Metadata Play Media
AIFF Audio Interchange File Format N/A
AU Sun Microsystems Audio File N/A
AVI Audio Video Interleave
MIDI Musical Instrument Digital Interface N/A
MPEG-1
MPEG-210
MP3 Audio File N/A
MPEG-4
QuickTime movie11
QuickTime VR
QuickTime Cubic VR
WAV Wavform Audio Format N/A
DV Digital Video Stream
3GPP, 3GP2 Mobile Phone Video

Notes

1 Multi-page Previewing of Flashpix supported on Mac OS X only
2 Images must be saved with maximum compatibility when using layers. PSB, 16-bit LAB and 16-bit CMYK is not supported
3 Does not support Zip compressed TIFF files
4 To use the first page of documents as the thumbnail and preview image, choose InDesign > Preferences > File Handling (Mac) or Edit > Preferences > File Handling (Windows) in Adobe InDesign. Enable the “Always Save Preview Images with Documents” option, choose a preview size and click OK.
5 PDF 1.6 (Acrobat 7) supported on Mac and Windows
6 Versions 2, CS, CS2, and CS3 (Mac only); requires user to set the “Embed Preview” option
7 Office XML formats (DOCX, XLSX, PPTX) are not supported and must be saved in legacy (DOC, XLS, PPT) format before they can be cataloged correctly in Portfolio.
8 Mac OS X only; Requires Page2Pict XTension (third-party Xtension)
9 User must enable the Portfolio thumbnail option in Freehand preferences
10 Requires QuickTime MPEG-2 plug-in available for purchase from Apple
11 Supports a wide range of video codecs including: Animation, Apple BMP, Apple Pixlet (Mac OS X 10.3), Apple Video, Cinepak, Component Video, DV and DVC Pro NTSC, DV PAL, Graphics, H.261, H.263, H.264, 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 the best results be sure to download the most recent version of Apple QuickTime