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Web

Mobile

Desktop / server

PDF

FormatClient onlyWebViewer ServerCustom Server
PDF (1.x to 2.0)
PDF/A 1,2,3
XFDF
FDF

Office

Requires Office to PDF Conversion Add-on

FormatClient onlyWebViewer ServerCustom Server
DOC
DOCX
XLS
XLSX
PPT
PPTX
PUBWindows + Office*

* Custom Server XLS, PUB are only supported via Office Interop (MS Office instance needs to be installed)

CAD

Requires CAD Conversion Add-on

FormatClient onlyWebViewer ServerCustom Server
DWG
DWF
DXF
DGN
RVT✓*✓*

* RVT is only supported on Windows

Image

FormatClient onlyWebViewer ServerCustom Server
SVG
BMP
WMF
EMF
GIF
JPG
JP2, JPC
PNG
TIF✓*

* See here for how to view tiff files on the client side

Video

FormatClient onlyWebViewer ServerCustom Server
MP4
OGG
WEBM

* Video formats are supported via separate WebViewer Video build

Other

Requires Convert Add-on

FormatClient onlyWebViewer ServerCustom Server
RTFWindows Only
ODT
ODS
ODP
HTML
MSGWindows + Office*
EMLWindows + Office*
TXT
XPS
XOD
XAMLUsing .NET

* Custom Server EML, MSG are only supported via Office Interop (MS Office instance needs to be installed)

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