Opening PPD files

Did your computer fail to open a PPD file? We explain what PPD files are and recommend software that we know can open or convert your PPD files.

What is a PPD file?

PPD is an acronym for PostScript Printer Description. The PostScript Printer Description files that contain the .ppd file extension hold descriptions that pertain to a variety of PostScript printers.

PPD files are created by various vendors in order to describe the features of their PostScript printer products. These files contain information that pertains to the font, paper size, resolution, DPI and other features of the associated PostScript printer.

Many printer drivers will use PPD files to determine the capabilities of that particular printer.

The PostScript language was created by Adobe in 1985. Today it is the industry standard for this particular file type and the majority of printers that are currently manufactured are known to support the PPD file format.

Try a universal file viewer

In addition to the products listed above, I would suggest that you try a universal file viewer like Free File Viewer. It can open over 200 different types of files - and very likely yours too! Download Free File Viewer.

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