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Chapter 3. Understanding and Choosing Fi... > Mastering the Adobe Creative Suite

Mastering the Adobe Creative Suite

Formats and Platforms

What makes .tif or .psd files different in Macintosh and Windows?

Actually, nothing. A file extension indicates a particular file type. File types are almost always standardized so that they work equally well on both Windows and Macintosh computers (assuming that the appropriate program is available). However, the file must be on a disk or drive that can be read by the computer. Macintosh computers can read and write Windows-formatted disks, but Windows computers can't read Mac-formatted disks without a utility.


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