Open ASE files

  • Full name
    Adobe Swatch Exchange Format
  • Developer
    Adobe Systems
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Have you encountered a problem with a ASE file? Don’t you know which program opens a file with this extension? You will find all the information you need about working with a ASE file here. In the further part of this page we have added a list of programs that should open your ASE file. It is enough you choose a proper application for your operating system, download and install it.

What is ASE file?

The file extension ASE is used for files in the Adobe Swatch Exchange format. It is a format for so-called color swatches to exchange between different Adobe products such as Illustrator and Indesign. Color Swatches files contain a saved collection of color definitions.

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To create an ASE file select the option 'Save swatches for swap' in the palette menu of the Swatches palette. Ase files can also be imported via the Swatches palette menu.

The ASE file format was introduced with Adobe Creative Suite (CS) Version 2. However, Fireworks can only handle CS5 ASE color files. Ase color palettes can also be created with the Adobe Kuler. In addition, with SwatchBooker and GPick there are also possibilities to convert ASE files to other color palette formats.

Programs which can open a ASE file

How to open file with ASE extension?

In order to open a file with ASE extension one of the following programs must be installed on user’s system. If a problem with opening ASE file occurred, it is highly possible that none of the listed programs is present on user’s system. Even if one or more said programs are installed, there may be issues related with given programs. In order to solve a problem with ASE files, follow the instructions below.
Install Adobe InDesign or other program from the list

Most often resolving problems with opening ASE files is very simple. Just install an appropriate program that supports such files. All of the listed programs support ASE files, but may vary in offered function and purpose. Some programs may be capable only of viewing contents of ASE files or offer file conversion options, but may not be capable of editing such files.

Set Adobe InDesign as the default program for opening ASE files

It is possible that although a compatible program has been installed on user’s system, it is not used by the system to open it. This may happen because no default application was associated with this type of files. To associate ASE files with given application, select "Open with" from drop-down menu (accessed by right-clicking on the file). Then select from the list the program or application you want to be used to open this type of file. If the Adobe InDesign applications is not on the list, select "Browse" option in order to manually locate the directory where Adobe InDesign has been installed.


Check the section that lists most common problems with ASE files

Sometimes problems with opening ASE files may not lie with the application itself, but can arise due to other causes, such as:

  • File data is corrupted
  • ASE files has been not been completely download from the internet (only a part of the data has been downloaded)
  • Currently used user account hasn’t been granted necessary privileges to open ASE files (should that be the case, please contact your system administrator or IT specialist)
  • ASE file was being copied from a corrupted storage device and is incomplete or data is corrupted. (Copying files from unknown or untrusted sources should be conducted with great care as such files may contain malicious software, which can damage your system)

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