ASE File

What are ASE files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening an ASE file or just wondering what they contain? We explain what these files are used for and show you software that we know can open or otherwise handle your files.

What is an ASE file?

ASE files have multiple uses, and 3D Studio Max ASCII Export is one of them. Read more about the others further down the page.

3D Studio Max ASCII Export File

.ase files are files created when you export a scene in 3D Studio Max as an ASCII Scene Export file type. A Scene pertains to the geometric properties of objects a user designs in 3D Studio Max. 3D Studio Max is software used to create 3D models and renderings in design, game development, and animation. ASCII is short for American Standard Code for Information Interchange, a character encoding standard used in electronic communication. The .ase files aids in importing the 3D model into other design software that supports the ASE format.

How to open ASE files

Important: Different programs may use files with the ASE file extension for different purposes, so unless you are sure which format your ASE file is, you may need to try a few different programs.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 5 different ASE openers which you will find listed below.

Last updated: June 29, 2022

More file formats using the ASE extension

Through our research of ASE files, we know that the following formats exist. However, we have not yet analyzed them in detail.

  • Adobe Swatch Exchange File
  • Aseprite Animated Sprite

Various apps that use files with this extension

These apps are known to open certain types of ASE files. Remember, different programs may use ASE files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

Adobe PhotoshopAdobe PhotoshopUser submitted
ProteanProteanUser submitted
Microsoft Application VirtualizationMicrosoft Application VirtualizationUser submitted
SuperEasy Password ManagerSuperEasy Password ManagerUser submitted
USB UVC WebCamUSB UVC WebCamUser submitted

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