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What are SFW files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a SFW file or are you simply curious about its contents? We're here to explain the properties of these files and provide you with software that can open or handle your SFW files.

What is a SFW file?

SFW files have multiple uses, and Seattle FilmWorks Image is one of them. Read more about the other uses further down the page.

Seattle FilmWorks Image

Seattle FilmWorks Image Files, also known as ".SFW" files, are an old but still commonly used image file format. They were originally created by Seattle FilmWorks, a now-defunct company that specialized in film processing and digital imaging.

The ".SFW" format is a proprietary format that is not widely supported by modern image editing software, but there are still some ways to open and edit these files. One way to open ".SFW" files is to use an older version of software that natively supported the format. Another option is to use a dedicated ".SFW" file viewer or converter, which can convert the files into a more widely supported format such as JPEG or TIFF.

How to open SFW files

We have identified two SFW openers that are compatible with this specific type of SFW file.

Programs that open Seattle FilmWorks Image files


Last updated: December 22, 2023

All known file formats using extension .SFW

While Seattle FilmWorks Image is a popular type of SFW-file, we know of 2 different uses of the .SFW file extension. Different software may use files with the same extension for different types of data.

Sound Forge Workspace

We know that one SFW format is Sound Forge Workspace. We have not yet analyzed in detail what these files contain and what they are used for. We're working on it.

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

Various apps that use files with this extension

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

ACID ProACID ProUser submitted
Sound ForgeSound ForgeUser submitted
VuePrintVuePrintUser submitted
PhotoSuite Starter EditionPhotoSuite Starter EditionUser submitted
PhotoSuite IIIPhotoSuite IIIUser submitted
XnViewXnViewUser submitted
Sony Vegas Movie StudioSony Vegas Movie StudioUser submitted
ThumbsPlusThumbsPlusUser submitted
Sony Vegas Movie Studio PlatinumSony Vegas Movie Studio PlatinumUser submitted
PhotoWorksPhotoWorksUser submitted

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