Opening Apple QuickTake .QTK Images

Technology is always changing.  With these constant changes come some problems, such as old and unsupported file extensions.  One file extension that was once widely used, .QTK, is no longer supported by many of today’s digital image manipulation software.  Many individuals may still have pictures saved that were taken with the Apple QuickTake that they can no longer open.

Since digital image manipulation software such as Photoshop does not support the opening or saving of .QTK files, it is necessary to use alternative (free, open source) software to open and save .QTK files.  The software we will be using are GMIP and UFRaw.

  1. Install GIMP.  – Direct download
  2. Install the UFRaw Plugin for GIMP. – Direct download
  3. Start GIMP.
  4. Select File -> Open, and navigate to the location of the .QTK file(s) you wish to open.
  5. Select the file and click ‘Open‘.
  6. Your screen should now look like this:

  7. Click the ‘OK‘ button and the image will be opened in GIMP.
  8. Now that the image is in in GIMP, you can edit it as you would any other.  Otherwise, you can just save it as a more modern format for use in other software.

That’s it.  If you have any trouble, be sure to read the documentation that comes with the software.  Have you found other image formats that you were unable to open? Do you know of another way to open .QTK files?  If so, let us know by commenting below.






7 responses to “Opening Apple QuickTake .QTK Images”

  1. Dennis Avatar

    Can't get the qtk documents to open. Whenever I try it says it has encountered an erro and closes.

    1. Josias Martins Jr Avatar
      Josias Martins Jr

      To open .qtk pictures easily, just used PICASA. it opens the files .qtk and you can save as .jpg. Problem solved !!!

      1. Dexter Graphic Avatar
        Dexter Graphic

        Thanks, that was very helpful advice. I could not get Gimp with UFRaw to open the QTK files I have, but Picasa works with no problems.

  2. Dennis Avatar

    Can't get the qtk documents to open. Whenever I try it says it has encountered an erro and closes.

  3.  Avatar

    Mine also crashes when trying to open the .qtk file. The only reliable way I know to open a QTK file is with the software that came with the original camera, then you can save it as a JPG file.

    1. Cramsie Tim Avatar
      Cramsie Tim

      Yes….same problem here…the program (Ufraw) initially opened a clean copy of one image but then crashed when looking at a second one.  When I tried to reopen the the original file, Ufraw crashed again.  The same thing happens with GIMP

  4. Jo Skiff Avatar
    Jo Skiff

    I needed to rename the files with the.QTK extention and then they opened.

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