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A friend and I were surprised to discover that Safari knows how to display Photoshop .PSD files! It opens both local and remotely served .PSD files as easily as a .JPG or other supported image file formats. In retrospect, this ability may be due to a shared system-wide library in OSX rather than Safari itself, as the Finder image preview (in column mode) and also have this ability (similar to how Safari will also open and display .rtf files).

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View Photoshop .PSD files in Safari
Authored by: nichrome on Jul 16, '03 11:20:39AM

It probably just uses QuickTime which has supported viewing of both layered and flat PSDs for quite a long while now. QuickTime-aware apps can even save images as PSDs (although obviously without layers).

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View Photoshop .PSD files in Safari
Authored by: name99 on Jul 17, '03 12:20:31AM

It would be nice to believe that Safari uses QuickTime, wouldn't it? And maybe one day they will get their act together and do so. However right now I do NOT believe they do so. I can give you at least two reasons for this.

One is that they do not display JPEG2000 images.
A second is that they screw up the display of animated GIFs (I think in cases where GIF transparency is used) while QT displays such GIFs correctly.

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View Photoshop .PSD files in Safari
Authored by: sjk on Jul 17, '03 05:29:12AM

For what it's worth, the QuickTime Plug-in table under "Help->Installed Plug-ins" (from Safari's menu) doesn't list PSD files.

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View Photoshop .PSD files in Safari
Authored by: pawliger on Jul 18, '03 10:40:31AM

QuickTime does not support rendering layered PSD files. Photoshop optionally saves a flattened version of a layered file so other apps that cannot render layers will be able to show something for such files. In Photoshop, this is what the Maximize Backwards Compatibilty preference and option when saving PSD files is for. Other apps like After Effects, InDesign and ImageReady can all render layered PSD files so don't need to use the flattened version.

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