What is an EAP File?

How to Open, Edit, & Convert EAP Files

Picture of the EAP file icon
Adobe Photoshop Exposure File Icon.

A file with the EAP file extension is most likely an Enterprise Architect Project file. They're created by the Computer Aided Software Engineering (CASE) tool from Sparx Systems called Enterprise Architect.

Some EAP files may instead be Adobe Photoshop Exposure files. These EAP files are used to store exposure, offset, and gamma correction values.

Note: Don't confuse the EAP and EPS formats - EPS files are Encapsulated PostScript files.

How To Open an EAP File

EAP files that are project files can be opened with Sparx Systems' Enterprise Architect program, or for free (but in read-only mode) with Enterprise Architect Lite. EAP files can also be opened and edited with Microsoft Access.

Adobe Photoshop is used to open EAP files if they are Exposure files. This is done through the Image > Adjustments > Exposure... menu. Choose the small Preset options menu next to the OK button and then select the Load Preset... button to browse for the EAP file.

Tip: You can also save your own custom exposure settings through the same process; just choose Save Preset... instead.

You can also install EAP files to Photoshop by copying them to the \Presets\Exposure\ folder and then restarting the program. In Windows, this full path is probably C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop <version> (64 Bit)\Presets\Exposure\.

Note: If your file isn't opening with the software I mentioned above, it's possible you're just reading the file extension incorrectly and confusing a different format, like EASM, with EAP.

If you find that an application on your PC does try to open the EAP file but it's the wrong application or if you would rather have another installed program open EAP files, see my How To Change the Default Program for a Specific File Extension guide for making that change in Windows.

How To Convert an EAP File

An Enterprise Architect Project file can be converted to a different file format with the Enterprise Architect software.

For example, you can save the EAP to PDF with the FILE > Print to PDF... menu. Another supported conversion is EAP to XMI (XML Metadata Interchange), which is done through the PACKAGE > Import/Export menu.

I don't see any reason to convert an EAP file that's used in Photoshop because it's just a set of exposure settings that apply to the Photoshop program.

More Help With EAP Files

See Get More Help for information about contacting me on social networks or via email, posting on tech support forums, and more. Let me know what kinds of problems you're having with opening or using the EAP file and I'll see what I can do to help.