A Brief Note on Files with the .max Extension

What is a .max file?

The .max format is a legacy file format that was predominantly used by the ScanSoft PaperPort Scan Software, a product of Nuance Communications. A scanned document from the above scan software has the .max file format.  Although the latest version of the Paper Port software uses the .pdf file format, the .max file extension is still successfully supported by it.

The .max file extension also denotes an OmniPage Scanned Document. Omnipage is an Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software from Nuance Communications. This OCR Software converts scanned images of printed data or handwritten text into a machine-readable or electronic format.  It enables porting of such scanned images onto Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat.

What is the other variation of the .max file format?

The .max extension also identifies a Three-Dimensional scene created by an animation and modeling software called ‘Autodesk 3ds max’, a product of a Media and Entertainment company named Autodesk. The scene saved with a .max file extension has several visualization models and contours with shading and lighting special effects. The above software is mainly used for Programming Video games, creating building models for construction purposes and designing Commercial Advertisements.

What are the programs that can open a .max file?

The .max file format can be opened by a specific program or application depending on the type or variation of the file. A few are listed below.

  • Nuance PaperPort 12 viewer
  • Nuance OmniPage 17
  • Autodesk 3ds Max software

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