Files with the extension .aae files are usually files, which are created by the operating systems OS X Yosemite or iOS 8 on the Mac, iPhones or iPads. Basically it is additional files that are created next to the actual jpg-photo-file. They contain the changes that you made with Apple Aperture or the native photo app on the iPhone or iPad in a photo. These changes are non-destructive – that is, you can also remove previous steps or adjust them differently after many steps. This is much more flexible in photo processing and is not – as in Adobe Photoshop – limited to steps forward or backward in the protocol.
What are the aae files used for?
In the .aae files, the individual steps are stored in an XML-based format. The Mime type of the .aae files is application / octet-stream. Files with the file ending .aae may be opened in the future with the Mac photo management Lightroom, in order to import the processing steps to the photos.
Since Apple has launched the .AAE file type with iOS 8, is not yet clear, which could be used in practice. In most cases, however, the aae files are only 1KB small and therefore do not take up much space.
Read also : What is a .idx file and how can I open it?
Known issues with the file format
In a forum, I could read that when transferring photos from the iPhone to the PC the problem occurred that the files as .aae appeared on the Windows PC. The problem could only be resolved after the user clicked on “Transfer Images” in Explorer. Then they appeared as .jpg on the calculator.
In the case of a computer base, a user with an iPhone 5s reports that after recovery, some images that are either edited with the Foto app or have been rendered in HDR format can no longer be opened. When backing up the photos to the PC, only the AAE files come to the computer, but the photos remain. Here was not found a correct solution, but I think that the photo files were somehow damaged because otherwise, the JPG files would still be to be found.
How can I open AAE file? What is an AAE file and can you delete it without hesitation or rather not? This question may be asked sooner or later by one or the other owner of an Apple product such as an iPhone, iPad or Mac, especially if one works on the images incidentally. Since we were similar and initially we did not know how to open the AAE files and what is behind it anyway or why these files often appear in conjunction with photos in JPG format, here is a brief description and summary on the subject ,
How to open .AAE files?
Contrary to what one might initially think, AAE files can not be opened directly, and behind them are not images. Rather, the files with the AAE file extension are nothing more than additional files from a JPG file, which is usually in the same directory. AAE files store changes made, for example, through photo editing programs such as the pre-installed photo app or programs like Apple Aperture.
In the AAE files, the individual steps from editing are stored in an XML format and this has the advantage that one can follow the steps later individually and undo. The file type itself is apparently still relatively new and should have found since iOS 8 the way into the Apple world.
Accordingly, AAE can be converted to JPG, the actual image file is the enclosed JPG.
how to Delete .AAE files?
If necessary, you can delete the .AAE files of course, provided you do not want to use the changes and photo editing. Since the files with the file extension but are usually not very large, usually only a few kiltobytes, these should not wrap up in terms of storage space now, especially since the files are not displayed in the photo app, but only directly in the folder above a file browser.
Can not open .aae file?
If you want to open a .aae file on your computer, you just have to have the appropriate program installed. If the .aae association is not set correctly, you may receive the following error message:
Windows can not open this file:
To open this file, Windows needs to know which program you want to use to open it. Windows can go online to automatically search, or you can manually select from a list of programs that are installed on your computer.
To change file associations:
- Click a file with the extension whose association you want to change, and then click Open With .
- In the Open dialog box, click on the program a bit with which you want to open the file or click on Browse to find the program you want.
- Select Always use the selected program to open this type of files.
Supported Operating Systems
Windows Server 2003, Windows 7 , Windows 8, Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, Mac OS X, iOS, Android