What is XCF Format And How To Open It Online?

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What is XCF?

XCF is the native file format that the GIMP image editing program saves files to. XCF stands for eXperimental Computing Facility after the organization that developed it. With regards to compression and image quality, XCF is not a compressed file format but GIMP allows you to compress the file without any loss in quality. XCF is a lossless format that was initially meant to work with GIMP but other image editing programs began supporting it later on. XCF files are large in size due the diverse nature of data that it can support. An XCF file may contain text, layers, transparency, paths, and much more. It is comparable in terms of the data types it supports to the PSD format that Adobe Photoshop saves files to.

Although open source, the XCF format does not enjoy the same support as the proprietary PSD format does which means there are few programs and apps that can open an XCF file. This isn’t a huge problem because GIMP is available for free and anyone wanting to open or edit an XCF file can download the program.

How to open an XCF file online?

If you are  going to create and/or edit XCF files, you will more than likely have a desktop app or program that can open it, however, very few people will have either an app or knowledge of an online service that will allow them to view an XCF file online if they don’t create or edit them in the first place. If you are sharing an XCF file with someone, make sure you give them a way to open it.

XCF is one of the many file formats that Jumpshare supports. You can upload the file, get a direct link to it and share it with anyone. The file viewer will open the file in the browser without needing to install so much as a plugin or signing up to the service. XCF files are usually large in size but there are no limits to how many or large a file you can upload. The XCF file viewer supports a nice filmstrip view; if you’ve uploaded and shared multiple XCF files, it will be easy to navigate between them from within the viewer.