.AAE File Extension

General Information

File Function

Title File Function
Primary Function Store edits
Secondary Functions Non-destructive adjustments
Features XML format, Sidecar file

File Characteristics

Title File Characteristics
Quality Metadata only
Supports Layers No
Supports Transparency No
Editable Yes, indirectly

Use Cases

Title Use Cases
Photo Editing Yes
Image Retouching Yes
Photography Workflow Yes

Security and Practices

Title Security and Practices
Security Risks None inherent
Best Practices Backup, Version control

Historical/Version Information

Title Historical/Version Information
Initial Release 2014
Associated with iOS 8

Associated Types

Title Associated Types
Image File .jpg, .jpeg
Related Formats RAW, PNG

Software Compatibility

Software Usage Policy OS Compatibility
Photos App Free iOS, macOS
iCloud Photos Service-based Web, iOS devices