View TGA Files: How to Open TGA Files

The well-respected and popular film critic Roger Ebert has made his fairly negative views in regards to video games no mystery with statements such as ‘video games represent a loss of those precious hours we have available to make ourselves more cultured, civilized and empathetic’¹. The question then is: is Roger Ebert right or wrong in regards to video games and their value, specifically artistic value?

Why Ebert Thinks Games Are Not Art

The Truevision Targa (TGA) file is a fairly common format for pictures or images to be saved in. However, it can be difficult to find a suitable method for opening and editing TGA files. Despite this, there are a number of methods for opening TGA files which can be used.

View TGA Files: Irfanview Freeware

Infranview is perhaps the best method of viewing TGA files because it is free. Infranview is just a general image viewing software suite that can be downloaded online and can view a number of files as well as convert from one to the other. Subsequently, for people wishing to work with TGA files but unable to open them in their favoured editor, Infranview can be used to convert them into another more accessible format. This is achieved by choosing to save the said TGA file as a different file type, for instance JPEG. If this option is chosen, it is important to make sure that the file is saved at the same level of quality as the original by using the quality slider bar.

A link to a location where Infraview can be downloaded is here.

View TGA Files: Photoshop

One particular software package that can deal with TGA files is Adobe Photoshop. Photoshop is arguably the best and certainly one of the most use graphic editing tools and as such has access to many of the standards in which TGA files are saved. The drawback of Photoshop is that it must be bought and is relatively expensive coming in at prices above US$500.

View TGA Files: TGA Tool 1.1 Freeware

While not as good as Infraview, the free TGA tool 1.1 is another method of accessing TGA files. TGA tool 1.1 has a number of features, but lacks any of the more useful editing features that Infraview and Photoshop have. However, it has a very small file size as the download is 560 KB, or half a MB. As such, for people on slow connections who just want to view TGA files and be done with it, TGA tool 1.1 is great.

TGA Tool 1.1 can be downloaded here.

View TGA Files: i-Fun Viewer 8.0

Another free image viewing software that can access TGA files, i-fun Viewer 8.0 is more designed for viewing and examining collections of images than editing them, with no editing features. As such, for those looking to work with files saved in the TGA format this particular piece of software is of little use. However, for those who just wish to view them, I-Fun viewer 8.0 is a good choice and a relatively small download at 1.01 MB.

View TGA Files: i-Fun Viewer 8.0 can be downloaded here.

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