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how to aae files?

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AAE files are a collection or record of edits made to a picture from Apple’s native photo application. It can also transfer non-destructive edits from iOS to macOS. These files are created in the native photo’s application of iOS 8 and corresponding versions and macOS 10.10 and the proceeding versions. Whenever you edit an image from the native photo application of your iPhone, the edits you made to the image will be stored in a separate XML file. This means that there will be separate copies of the original unedited version and the edited version of the image. Now, how is this useful? AAE files are of great use when a user reverts the changes and gets the original image back after making a series of changes to the original image. These files get stored in the same folder as the original name.

The default application or software that can open AAE files on windows are Apple photos, MacOS photo app, Apple iCloud. Since it is an XML-based file, any text editor like Microsoft Notepad or Apple TextEdit can open these files.

Though opening these files on Windows doesn’t serve any purpose, you can still open them on your PC. If you want to open an image with the changes applied, follow the steps below.

1. Double click the AAE file from the File Explorer on Windows.

2. You will see the file open if the reading software is rightly associated.

3. If it doesn’t open, locate the JPG/JPEG image relating to AAE and open it.

4. To open the JPEG image with the changes hoarded in the AAE file, you must find the corresponding IOS device and open it from there.

5. Also, you can download the HEIC or JPG files with the AAE changes from iCloud. You will see the changes automatically applied from iCloud.

If you’re still encountering problems with opening AAE files on Windows, the below steps will help you how to open aae files on Windows 10. Your OS needs to know which program you prefer to act. Most of the time, the OS will automatically detect and act with the suitable pre-installed program in the device. Let’s look at the steps to view these file extensions in Windows.

1. Initially, upload the files to your Dropbox.

2. Now, log in to your Dropbox account, and gather all the images in their original sizes.

3. Finally, mail yourself the images from Dropbox. Login to your mail from the Windows device and download the images. You will find the images with AAE changes in your Windows device.

4. You can open the JPG image with any photo application and the AAE files with any text editor.

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Did you already try to open your AAE files on a Windows system, but you got an error? Windows will give you an error message if you try to open them as they are. Windows can’t open this file extension because it’s an XML-based photo format from an iOS device. However, you can use a few tricks to view these files on your PC. But first, let’s take a deeper look into what AAE files are.

The AAE file extension stands for Apple Aperture Edits, and it’s created when you edit an image on any Apple device. It’s an Extensive Markup Language (XML) file that contains all the information about the edits made to an image. We’re talking about metadata. It details all the changes made to a photo during the editing process. This file type can be found on most newer Apple devices, from iPhones to MacBooks.

AAE XML files allow users to revert any edits they performed on a photo. Older versions of the iPhone used to copy the photo and do the editing on that copy. That would preserve the original file, but there was no going back. Once the copy was edited, you could not go back if you changed your mind about a specific change. Since the AAE files are edits saved in XML format, the device can revert any edits made to an image.

The AAE files are saved in the same folder as the output image. On newer Apple devices, the original image is in HEIC format. The AAE file will have the same name as the JPG or HEIC next to it but with a different file extension. But a Windows device can’t open the file and can’t read the edits made to the image.

The AAE file contains lines of XML code. The code is nothing more than information about edited images. An Apple device can translate this code into image edits. Source-code editors, such as Notepad++ or VS Code for Windows, Linux, Chrome, Android, or macOS, will open the AAE files without a problem. You can also view the code in the Microsoft Notepad application or any other text editor.

1. When you transfer the AAE file to your Windows PC, right-click on it and select Open With.

2. Choose More apps.

3. From the list of offered apps, choose Notepad and press OK.

4. Notepad will open the file and display the XML code so you can view it.

This will not show you the edited photo. You have no real use for opening the XML file unless you want to tamper with the code itself. In fact, the Apple Photos app on iPhone or MacBook uses this AAE file in the background, so you don’t have to worry about opening it. As long as the AAE file is in the same folder as the output photo, the Apple device will know how to apply the edits to an image.

This is why converting the AAE file extension to the JPEG or JPG format won’t work because the AAE file is not the image itself. It only contains information about the edits, such as contrast, saturation, brightness, or exposure. The only file you can open and view as an image is an actual photo you took on your iOS device.

To view the original photo that’s associated with its AAE file, you’ll have to transfer your files via USB. Connect your iPhone or iPad to your PC and copy all the photos you’re interested in. They will be automatically converted from the HEIC format to the JPG format, which Windows can read.

If you’re not a fan of transferring files from drive to drive, you can use cloud storage instead. Upload the images to Google Drive or Dropbox, and you can access them from any device.

You can also upload the images to Facebook or Instagram and then download them from there. However, keep in mind that these social networks reduce the size and quality of photos due to compression. This is to optimize your images for viewing on the web.

Your iOS device will automatically scan the AAE file and apply the edits to an image when you open it. But for it to work, the AAE file needs to have the same file name as the original image. Your iPhone or Mac will automatically name this file to correspond to the image you were editing. If you rename the AAE file, the edits won’t apply to the photo you’re trying to open.

If you delete the AAE file on your iOS device, know that all the changes/edits performed on the corresponding image will be lost. It’s up to you how important the edits are and if the AAE files are worth saving. You surely don’t want to lose the AAE file if you spent hours working on an image to make it look better.

If you don’t make any changes to the pictures you take with your iOS device, there will be no AAE files. But you don’t have to worry about AAE files on your iOS device. These files take up very little storage space, so you don’t need to delete them.

Many users who never encountered AAE files think they’re related to a virus. But you’ll find them on most Apple devices, and you should know they’re safe. That said, you should be aware that malware from infected devices can affect AAE files too. So use an antivirus to be sure your device is always safe.

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Source-code editors, such as Notepad++ or VS Code for Windows, Linux, Chrome, Android, or macOS, will open the AAE files without a problem. You can also view the code in the Microsoft Notepad application or any other text editor.

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