ASE File Extension

Have a problem opening a .ASE file? We collect information about file formats and can explain what ASE files are. Additionally we recommend software suitable for opening or converting such files.

What is the .ASE file type?

The .ase extension is primarily associated with the Adobe Swatch Export (.ase) file type and the related proprietary format developed by Adobe Systems for exchanging colors between the Adobe Creative Suite applications (Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign). Exported colors are saved as swatch files (.ase).

The .ase file contains definitions of exported RGB, CMYK, or Lab colors. In Adobe CS applications, color swatches are saved with the "Save Swatches (for Exchange)" command, and loaded with the "Load Swatches" command, in the Swatches palette. Adobe also offers its registered users an online color scheme design tool named Adobe Color CC (formerly, Adobe Kuler) that saves color themes as .ase files.

Besides, thanks to the ASE format having been reverse-engineered, there are other color matching tools, capable of saving their output in that format, and alternative bitmap graphics editors that can use Adobe exported color swatches (.ase).

Alternatively, the .ase extension represents the ASCII Scene Export (.ase) file type, with reference to the text-based 3D scene description format developed by Autodesk for their 3ds Max 3D modeling software. The .ase file is a text file that describes a 3D scene (also, animated) in a human-readable form. Such files are created by exporting 3D scenes from Autodesk 3ds Max, Blender, Maya, or other authoring tools. Although ASE is Autodesk's proprietary format, a range of independent tools exist for exporting, importing, or converting .ase files, especially in game development.

Apart from that, the .ase extension has to do with the legacy Advanced Sample System (ASE) file format that was used for saving sound samples in Velvet Studio, an ancient MS-DOS music tracker software. Here, the .ase file is a Velvet Studio sound sample.

Software to open or convert ASE files

You can open ASE files with the following programs:
Adobe Photoshop CC
Adobe Photoshop CC by Adobe Systems Incorporated
Adobe Photoshop CS6
Adobe Photoshop CS6 by Adobe Systems Incorporated
Adobe Photoshop CS2
Adobe Photoshop CS2 by Adobe Systems, Inc.
Adobe Photoshop CS3
Adobe Photoshop CS3 by Adobe Systems Incorporated

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